N.C. House School Safety Committee unveils new recommendations

December 10, 2018

Lawmakers approved six recommendations at their latest meeting, including further studying the development of a statewide system for mental health screening of school children as well as requiring K12 civic responsibility education.

After months of meeting across the state, the House Select Committee on School Safety met for the final time Thursday to approve another round of recommendations to make schools safer.

The school safety committee was formed in the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 students dead. Since the committee formed, lawmakers have approved more than $35 million for mental health services, additional school resource officers, and security equipment upgrades.

The committee met several times across the state this year before finally meeting in Raleigh for the last time to approve a set of final recommendations. Legislation for them won’t appear until next year.