Okla. forms school safety committee after CT shooting
State officials announced Thursday the formation of the Oklahoma Commission on School Security.
The commission is a bipartisan panel that will tackle a range of topics from safety measures to mental health.
This brand new commission is an effort by state leaders to make sure our kids are as safe as they can be in school.
While they are not giving specifics of what changes the commission will discuss, these leaders say the goal is to be proactive not reactive.
It’s an approach one metro school we talked to says they too are taking.
Superintendent Kim Lanier, with Oakdale Public Schools, said, “You could probably go to most of the doors in this building and they would be locked.”
It’s not policy at Oakdale for teachers to lock the doors but in light of recent events many are now making it a habit.
There are other small changes happening, too.
This growing district has a lot of construction.
While the workers are not usually in the building, starting in the next week they will all wear bright yellow vests so there’s no question if they should be on campus.
Lanier said, “I think that every school on a day to day basis tries to provide an appropriate level of security.”
That level of security is now something state leaders are taking a look at.
Thursday announcing the formation of the Commission on School Security, which will be led by Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb.
Lamb said, “That’s the goal to reassess and asses, making sure we are doing all we can to make sure Oklahoma kids are the safest and most secure in the classroom in Oklahoma.”
State leaders say they are trying to be proactive.
Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman is part of the commission. He said, “We want to make sure we are doing everything in our control to make sure our schools are as safe as possible.”
Oakdale is also working to be proactive.
Though Superintendent Kim Lanier says there is no cookie cutter fix because the dynamics of each district are so different.
Lanier said, “You have to find that balance between having school in a friendly loving environment and locking the place down to where nobody moves.”
When asked about CLEET training for teachers lawmakers said all options are on the table.
State leaders hope to have the commission start meeting in the next couple of weeks so they can begin drafting any legislation for the 2013 session.