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School Safety Plans Debated By Michigan House Committee

Apr 26, 2018

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Hearings have begun in the Legislature on plans to improve school security.  It’s part of the state’s response to shooting incidents around the country. 


School and law enforcement officials opposed plans to require metal detectors and to rate schools on their security arrangements.  They said that creates opportunities for bad actors to pick vulnerable targets.  

Gladwin County Sheriff Michael Shea told a state House committee the focus needs to be on adults connecting with students and making sure school buildings are physically secure.

“When the law enforcement responds to an incident, that’s a little late.”

At about the same time, a state Senate committee approved spending $18 million to help schools improve their security.  The bills include no new restrictions on guns.

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