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Lawmakers Discuss Student Safety

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida has sparked a debate... across the country and here in Pennsylvania on how to keep schools safe. It was a topic discussed at the Capitol on Thursday. Eyewitness News Harrisburg Reporter Matt Heckel reports.

 To prevent the next parkland, we must acknowledge and recognize the truth of what's happening in our schools today,"  said  Dolores McCracken, President State Education Association

That was the goal of lawmakers on the House Education Committee Thursday who heard from school and law enforcement officials on their ideas to ensure safety in Pennsylvania’s schools.

  "All learning is dependent; first and foremost, on making sure the learner's basic needs are met. Including the need for a safe place to learn," Said Jonathan Bauer, PA Principal’s Association

Some of the ideas discussed... more school resource officers and security.... more guidance counselors... and added security cameras and metal detectors, but a common problem with the ideas, money.

 

  "There are many different ways we're going to have to approach this. We’re going to have to get creative." Added Rep Kristin Phillips-Hill, (R) Secretary House Education Committee.

Representative Kristin Phillips-Kill says, despite the cost... lawmakers need to find a way to support school safety.

 : "It's imperative that the legislature provide the resources and the tools that schools need to keep children safe. " noted Phillips-Hill.

 

One idea that school officials across the board fought against Thursday... was arming teachers.

 : "Teachers and administrators have been trained to teach and lead, not engage in gun battle." Said Jonathan Bauer

Moms Demand Action Volunteer Shari Jacobson" was in Thursday's hearing... and was happy to hear school officials taking a stand against putting guns in the hands of teachers.

 :  "It is not reasonable to expect that school personnel, who are trained professionally to do different things, would be the point people in these situations." Said Jacobson

And today's hearing comes ahead of hearings scheduled by the judiciary committee on gun laws... set to take place next month

 


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