Group tasked with keeping kids safe at school

Group tasked with brainstorming ideas on how to make schools safer in wake of the Sandy Hook Massacre.
December 4, 2013 4:03:48 PM PST
A task force commissioned by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory in wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre met for the first time Wednesday.

The Governor's Task Force on Safer Schools is made up of teachers, law enforcement officers, mental health professionals, parents, and students.

The group is tasked with identifying potential problems and solution, as well as brainstorming ideas on how to make schools safer and making sure those ideas get to the people who need to hear them - like superintendents, police officers and parents.

The 20-member panel was created following a school safety report McCrory's administration released in September. The legislature this year set aside $9 million in matching funds for school districts to hire additional resource officers and install and maintain classroom panic alarms.

Governor McCrory has called the push his number one priority.

This summer past summer, the Center for Safer Schools put out a report with 80 recommendations.

The task force is helping put those recommendations into action and coming up with other ways to keep kids safe at school.

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