It’s been nearly three months since the shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn., turned school safety into a national hot button issue.
As Florida House and Senate lawmakers prepare for Tuesday’s start of the legislative session, how best to protect kids on tens of thousands of public school campuses throughout the state and in Palm Beach County promises to get even hotter.
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School security measures in U.S.
Some of bills proposed in other states:
Arizona: A state House bill would allow selected school employees — ranging from teachers to maintenance workers — to have their gun at school in a locked box, where they could get to it in an emergency while they are working.
Pennsylvania: A state House bill would allow teachers and other school employees, like principals, to carry guns at school if they have firearms training.
Virginia: A state House bill requires each school district to create “threat assessment teams” to train others in the school in how to recognize threatening behavior, develop policies for dealing with them and to report to the superintendent any people who they think might be a threat. The bill then allows the superintendent to access the criminal and medical record history of that person.
New Jersey: Assembly bill would allow the state’s attorney general to seize firearms, pending a hearing, from anybody who has been deemed by a mental health professional to be likely to harm themselves or others.
California: A Senate bill would allow the state to withhold money from school districts that do not have all their required safety and emergency response plans up to date.
Source: Post research
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Florida lawmakers return to work at the Capitol Tuesday and The Palm Beach Post will be there. Look to our veteran reporters - John Kennedy and Dara Kam on state government and George Bennett on Palm Beach County politics - for in-depth coverage.