North Carolina Lawmakers Unveil School Safety Bill

Friday, March 29, 2013

A bipartisan group of state House lawmakers is backing an ambitious bill to improve school safety in North Carolina.

House Bill 452 would spend $34 million over the next two years to improve emergency planning, crisis response and prevention in schools around the state.

Citing the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 students and six faculty members, Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland, said the proposal is "the nation's most comprehensive response not only to Newtown but to the issues of school safety that have been there for quite some time."

About $20 million would be earmarked over the next two years to add school resource officers to middle and elementary schools and to pay for additional training for officers already on staff.

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