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RPS responds after parent declares safety rules "out the window"

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

One parent of a Richmond Public Schools elementary student is not happy. He says school safety rules have been tossed out the window, and claims to have the pictures to prove it.

School leaders at Broad Rock Elementary are working overtime to move into a new building on campus. But one parent says that is no excuse to leave the doors wide open.

"And now all of a sudden because they are moving the rules are out the window," said parent Edward Bittner.

Bittner is still on edge after the elementary school massacre in Connecticut. He snapped cell phone photos showing the doors open and seemingly unattended.

"I couldn't believe it," said Bittner. "I was astonished that no one was there watching this door."

Bittner notes the Connecticut gunman forced his way inside the school in Connecticut.

"And now this is an example where the school was wide open," said Bittner. "To me an open door is an invitation. I went directly to 12 on your side to get you guys out here to maybe warn the other parents not to leave your kids in a school that is seemingly unattended."

The school principal did not want to go on camera, but she did show us her office where she keeps a surveillance system to monitor the school's security cameras.

"And we are very much aware of parents concerns...staff concerns as well," said Felicia Cosby with the Richmond Public School system.

"We will have additional personnel at the school tomorrow to provide even more coverage during the move," wrote Cosby in a late evening statement to the station. "Once again, we remain vigilant in our efforts to maintain a safe and secure environment for our students and staff."

Cosby says there is a heightened sense of awareness. She insists high traffic doors are being monitored during the move.

"Teachers have one more day to finish packing up their classrooms for the move before winter break," said Cosby. "The grand opening of the new Broad Rock ES is scheduled for January 2--the first day students return from Winter Break."

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