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"I had been mostly upset saying, 'No way, this isn't possible, no way it could have happened.' Upon the news that it was Adam, things started to click," said Novia a certified protection professional.
He worked as the head of security in Newtown schools for 16-years before leaving in 2008. He knew the Lanza family well and worked closely with Nancy and her boys.
"Involved in her children's upbringing, their educational processes, as well as their friends and extracurricular activities. So it's hard to see that this has happened," said Novia.
He says no one could foresee this tragedy but knowing Adam's personality may help answer some questions.
"Poor social skills, inability to involve himself with other students," he added.
In the days since the school massacre, Novia has considered flying home to comfort friends and family. He remains in Tennessee tonight as he continues to digest details of what happened.
"I’m hoping that with the heightened awareness of the situation, once again, that we don't have a period of time where the media is all over it for a while then it seems to go away until the next incident happens," added Novia.
Novia says adopting some national security practices, like what were put in place after September 11th may be something to consider for schools.
"As a security professional who has a lot of experience in schools, I would encourage everyone to look hard at this and realize that there are things we can do and there are lots of practices and procedures we can put in place-- even as town facilities and resources-- to prevent these things from happening in the future. That is my belief," concluded Novia.
You can see the complete interview with Richard Novia in our Raw News section.
Sunday, December 16 2012, 11:59 PM CST
Trial begins in international custody case
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By SHEILA BURKE Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A trial begins Tuesday that could determine which country will decide the fate of 13-year-old twin boys at the center of an international custody battle that extends from Eastern Europe to Middle Tennessee.
The boys are American citizens who were born in Texas but have spent the majority of their lives in Hungary. Their father is an American citizen with family in the Cottontown community of Sumner County. Their mother, a Romanian national, has invoked an international treaty claiming the children are being wrongfully retained in Tennessee by their father.
The boys came to Tennessee last year to visit their paternal grandparents in Sumner County for the summer. The father, who was supposed to bring them back to Europe, stayed in the U.S. and filed for divorce.
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