Stripped-down school safety bill clears House

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A bill to upgrade security at North Carolina public schools unanimously passed the House on Thursday after its sponsors removed provisions that would pay for school resource officers, counselors and classroom panic buttons WRAL reports.

Measures that remained in the stripped-down bill include establishing anonymous tip lines for each school, requiring schools to develop more comprehensive emergency plans and hold annual safety exercises, and providing local law enforcement with schematic drawings of and master keys to each school.

According to WRAL, the bill originally called for using $20 million to provide a 2-1 match for local funding so school districts could hire school resource officers for middle and elementary schools and pay for additional training for officers already on staff.

School districts still have the option, under the bill approved Thursday, of using retired law enforcement officers or military personnel as volunteer school resource officers. They would be vetted by and work under the guidance of the local sheriff’s office.

Another $10 million included in the original bill would have helped districts pay for more guidance counselors, psychologists and social workers.

Read more at WRAL

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