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December 20, 2012

GOP leaders back additional school safety officers

RICHMOND, Va. — Republican legislative leaders say they will propose funding to put more safety officers in Virginia schools.

House Speaker Bill Howell and other GOP leaders announced the initiative Thursday in response to the mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.

A spokesman for Howell said lawmakers haven’t decided yet how much additional money to request, so it’s unclear how many new positions would be created.

Howell said legislators must look at everything they can to make sure schools are safe, including evaluating mental health and gun laws.

Some Democratic legislators already have called for tighter gun control, while Gov. Bob McDonnell and some fellow Republicans suggest allowing school personnel to carry guns might deter attacks.

 

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