Students support bill to deal with fears of school shootings

Published: May 16, 2023
By: Claire Sullivan – LSU Manship School News Service

BATON ROUGE, La. – High schoolers often worry about prom and exams. But a growing number fear being shot in school, students testified at the Capitol.

A bill aiming to address those concerns, called the School Safety Act of 2023, advanced Monday through the Senate Committee on Finance.

The proposal would establish the Center for Safe Schools within the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. It would provide panic emergency notification and anonymous reporting systems for schools.

The bill also would require schools to hold shooting drills during high traffic or passing times in the hallways, have blood control kits and training to use them in school and create district threat assessment teams.

Sen. Barry Milligan, R-Shreveport, proposed a bill to address concerns about school shootings. (Photo credit: Courtesy of the Louisiana Senate)

Sen. Barry S. Milligan, R-Shreveport, brought the legislation after consulting with the Legislative Youth Advisory Council, made up of high school students from around the state who engage with the legislative process.

The proposal addresses a growing American problem and fears felt by students nationwide.

Read more at KTBS

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