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State Police, Lawmakers Look To Crack Down On Emergency Drill Abuses In Schools

Schools would be forced to report when and how emergency safety drills are conducted under a proposal in Lansing.

As The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports, state police officials say too many schools are ignoring laws meant to ensure school safety.

The reports would have to be posted on schools’ web sites whenever they conduct a safety drill. That and other recommendations are the product of a state police task force created by Governor Rick Snyder in the wake of recent school tragedies.

State Representative Joe Graves is sponsoring legislation that will incorporate the recommendations.

“This goes back to the focus is on the kids, their safety, and that this is done properly so they know what they’re doing in any situation,” he says.

Recent investigations by MLive Media Group suggest many Michigan schools have been breaking laws related to school safety drills.

Jake Neher is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He covers the State Legislature and other political events in Lansing.
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