Wyoming lawmakers advance bill to mandate schools create school safety plan, enact training

December 1, 2018

Wyoming schools would be required to create a comprehensive safety plan and conduct nationally recognized, proactive security training under a bill advanced by a state legislative committee last week, a measure that represents lawmakers’ primary attempt to better safeguard schools from active shooters.

Wyoming schools would be required to create a comprehensive safety plan and conduct nationally recognized, proactive security training under a bill advanced by a state legislative committee last week, a measure that represents lawmakers’ primary attempt to better safeguard schools from active shooters.

The bill passed on a 9 to 4 vote in the Joint Education Committee fewer than two weeks after a Gillette junior high student made threats and brought two handguns to school. The measure also represents the most meaningful security-related legislation to be advanced in 2018, after legislative leaders made school safety a priority in the wake of deadly shootings at high schools in Florida and Texas, which were followed by a spurt of threats across Wyoming.

The proposal was crafted by Sen. Affie Ellis, a Cheyenne Republican who was one of two lawmakers to undergo an active shooter training session in Casper in September. She told the Star-Tribune that the experience had a “huge impact” in her efforts behind the bill.