Senator wants to require schools to prepare for shooter scenario
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) —
On January 4, the Greenbrier School District worked with the Arkansas State police to prepare for the worst case scenario - a gunman in the school. Some believe exposing kids to these scenarios can be scary, but for Senator Missy Irvin, the thought of not preparing them is terrifying in light of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary.
"The first conversation I had with my daughter was, 'Mom, I don't know where to go if that happened in my school.' That is an acceptable to me," said Irvin.
Irvin is drafting a bill that would require all schools to perform active shooter drills.
"I think that's an appropriate response. It's not really talking about gun control. It's not talking about anything, just saying we need to make sure the students know what to do," said Irvin.
Irvin argues tornado and fire drills are required, and in this society it seems, active shooter drills should be too.
"The unfortunate reality of the world we live in today is the violence, and we're going to have to stand up and address it and prepare our students and faculty to deal with it," said Irvin.
Irvin doesn't want schools to be forced to pick up the tab on training, so she is looking for ways to fund the program before she files the bill this session.