Following this week’s horrendous school shooting in Parkland, Fla., N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore says he will launch a committee tasked with making recommendations for improving school safety.
According to WRAL, Moore said he will announce the committee’s membership at a press conference next week in Shelby.
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The bipartisan House Select Committee on School Safety will examine current safety standards and procedures in North Carolina’s elementary, middle and high schools and make recommendations on “statutory and non-statutory changes to ensure the highest level of safety for North Carolina students, teachers and other school personnel,” Joseph Kyzer said in an email to WRAL News.
The email came in response to questions WRAL News sent to members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation and state political leaders about what actions needed to be taken to limit the number of mass shootings in the U.S.
“The committee will seek information from experts in the fields of education, law enforcement, mental health and crisis management and consult with local governments and school systems on procedures that have proven effective in ensuring safety in our schools,” Kyzer said.
Last month, another state legislative committee reviewed improvements to school security that have taken place across the state in recent years and discussed technology that could upgrade security further.
Some lawmakers suggested allowing school personnel to carry concealed guns on campus. North Carolina law permits only law enforcement officers to carry firearms at schools. All other weapons must be inside locked vehicles.
Federal lawmakers are under increasing pressure to take up gun control measures in Congress following Wednesday’s massacre. However, it’s been a week of mixed responses from North Carolina’s state and federal legislators.
Meanwhile, state Rep. Larry Pittman, a Cabarrus County Republican known for his often incendiary rhetoric, is taking some criticism after he reportedly suggested that schools should arm teachers.