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Law Enforcement And School Officials Announce Safety Proposal

Holt school/law enforcement news conference
Cheyna Roth
Law enforcement and school administrators address how to prevent school violence in Michigan on March 22, 2018.

A group of law enforcement members – from sheriffs to prosecutors – unveiled a plan to prevent violence in Michigan schools Thursday. Capitol Correspondent Cheyna Roth reports the conversation around school safety has grown over the last few months.

Since the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida in February, the conversation about how to keep kids safe in schools has persisted. 

Some argue that more guns in schools will make them safer – like arming teachers. But the plan presented steers away from a conversation on firearms.  

Instead, it’s focused on hiring more school safety officers and mental health professionals in schools.

Mark Reen is a former president for the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan.

“There’s been enough talking. Our kids’ lives are on the line. It’s time for a change.”

Reen says there’s nothing in the proposal that is controversial. He calls them, “common sense, bipartisan solutions to a very real crisis.” 

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County.
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