Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has announced that his office is creating a statewide school security task force, following the tragic shooting that resulted in 17 deaths at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day. Governor Haslam said he believes adding funding for school resource officers could help keep another school shooting from materializing, but added it’s going to take a lot more than funding to stop the senseless attacks.
“So, we’re going to look at everything from school entry and exit, what are the ways to do that? One of the things you want to do is control the entry ways to school so we can funnel the folks coming into schools. The downside of that is you have to make certain you have an exit in case there’s a fire or something,” said Haslam.
A bill to arm teachers passed through the Civil Justice Subcommittee, Wednesday, despite opposition from law enforcement, teachers and the governor’s office. Tennessee democrats said the bill would be harmful for students and the state should focus on making sure all public schools have an SRO on site.