School Lockdowns

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The chair of the House Education committee says he will move legislation next week requiring schools to conduct lockdown drills to prepare for a possible violent emergency in the classroom, even though the Secondary School Principals Association opposes the measure.

Jim Ballard from that group argues sharing that safety information is like "teaching robbers how to rob the bank." He fears students who want to attack other students would use the lock drill information to accomplish their objective.

Rep. Brian Palmer who chairs the committee says the policing community and other segments of the education lobby support the bill, and he will move it to the house floor soon.