Lockdown drills, armed security among ideas of Va. school safety group

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by 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 1 at 7:01 PM

RICHMOND - The possibility of armed security inside schools and requiring mandatory lockdown drills are among the proposals of the Governor's Taskforce on School and Campus Safety. 

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) is now reviewing the six pages of recommendations from the 45-member group, which made up of professionals in public safety, mental health and education as well as parents and students.

The lockdown drill would occur within the first 20 days of the fall and spring semesters; the group will create a report after debating whether it's a good idea to have armed security within the school building.

Other proposals include naming an emergency manager to coordinate school preparedness and offering immunity for someone who reports information about a person who "poses credible danger of serious bodily injury or death to one or more students, school personnel, or others on school property."

In a letter to the General Assembly Friday, Gov. McDonnell said, "I agree that these will help make our schools and campuses more secure."

He advised lawmakers to give immediation attention to some of the ideas, including the lockdown drills, designating emergency managers and funding anti-bullying training. 

The group was created by executive order in December following the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

A final report will be given to Gov. McDonnell by June 30.

 

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