Officials in Virginia’s Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties say that, to better protect their students and schools, they are installing or considering ID scanners or security video intercoms, common at apartment buildings.

The most ambitious effort is in Prince William, the state's second-largest school system. The county has spent $130,000 on the Raptor visitor ID system to protect its nearly 73,000 students.

In Fairfax, nearly half the schools have begun using


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