In the aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., legislators in Sacramento have introduced almost two dozen bills that involve campus security, including requiring doors that lock from the inside, increasing mental health services, and providing panic alarms that link directly to law enforcement agencies, according to an article in the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Representatives in Washington, D.C., are also considering school safety legislation, but some of the initiatives are costly, such as hiring more counselors, psychologists and social workers.
Some of the California bills involve adding more requirements to school safety plans, such as developing tactical responses to emergencies and creating warning protocols for staff. Another bill would restrict funding to schools that don’t have adequate safety plans.
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