Lawmakers Roll Out School-Safety Bills

In Olympia, lawmakers introduced a suite of bills designed to increase school safety in Washington state.  Dan Frizzell from the Washington State House Democratic Caucus has more.

ALLISSA PARKER: “I am the mother of Emily Parker, a victim of the Sandy Hook school shooting, and the mother of two students in Washington schools.”

That was Allissa Parker, speaking at the rollout of Democratic legislation that she, and legislators, hope will make schools safer and students more secure. After that 2012 tragedy in Connecticut, she moved as far across the continent as possible, and became an advocate for safe schools. Parker came to Olympia on Tuesday to testify in support of the House and Senate school-safety package, which one of the sponsors, Mercer Island Representative Tana Senn, summarized for reporters.

SENN: “Our bills are around arming teachers with information about mental health, how to deescalate, how to refer people to services that they need, to make sure that it’s a safe environment in the classroom, in the school, and for themselves, and that again, we’re preventing problems before they escalate into a major crisis.”

The school-safety bills will be heard in the education committees in the House and Senate before possible floor action. In Olympia, I’m Dan Frizzell.

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