School security recommendations released


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Updated: 3/06/2013 9:00 am Published: 3/05/2013 2:44 pm


The Oklahoma Commission on School Security announced policy recommendations on Tuesday.

The recommendations stem from a six week analysis of Oklahoma school security issues. The Oklahoma Commission on School Security was formed after the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last December.

Lt. Governor Lamb chaired the statewide commission. Lt. Governor Lamb is a former United States Secret Service Agent and as a State Senator was the principal author of the 2008 Oklahoma School Security Act.

The Oklahoma Commission on School Security submitted the following legislative recommendations:

1) Formation of the Oklahoma School Security Institute (OSSI)
2) Establish a Mental Health First Aid Training Pilot Program
3) Amend and change state law to consolidate and require safety drills
4) Require the reporting of firearms found on school property to local law enforcement
5) Establish a school security tip line

"The members of this commission sacrificed their time and provided their expertise to this very important issue," said Lt. Governor Lamb. "As parents we want all children to do well academically, but our first priority is for our children, our students to be safe and secure during their school day. No policy can prevent evil from occurring, but our hope is that these recommendations will mitigate and lessen the potential of future large scale school violence."

The 2013 Report of the Oklahoma Commission on School Security can be viewed in its entirety online at www.ok.gov/ltgovernor

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