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Keeping Kids Safe in Schools

Filed by Michael Cross in Education, Local News, News, Politics.
March 5, 2013

The Oklahoma Commission on School Security is releasing five recommendations to keep kids safe.

The recommendations come just a few months after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

The five recommendations from the commission include setting up the Oklahoma School Security Institute, establishing a mental health first aid pilot program, requiring intruder drills in all schools, reporting firearms to local law enforcement and creating a school security hotline.

Commission Chairman Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb says Oklahoma is one of the first states to form a citizen commission on school security and issue recommendations.

“Our hope is that these recommendations will set the standard, set the standard and serve as an Oklahoma model that states across the nation can and will follow.”

The recommendations will be included this year in four pieces of legislation authored by Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman and House Speaker T.W. Shannon.

Lamb says preliminary cost estimates show the set up for the Oklahoma School Security Institute will be about $500,000.



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