Under the Dome

Cooper calls for stronger school violence protections

Following President Obama’s gun violence prevention announcement Wednesday, state Attorney General Roy Cooper called on the General Assembly to revisit recommendations from a 2006 school safety study that he led.

Those recommendations included putting more resource officers in schools, setting up a statewide school tip line to anonymously report tips, training for teachers on recognizing potential threats and responding to them, and re-establishing the Center for the Prevention of School Violence.

Some of the study’s recommendations were enacted, including routine lockdown drills and improved building security. Informational packets were also given to schools to help prepare for violence and other crises.

“We hope that this tragedy never happens at any of our schools, but we must take steps to prevent it and be ready in case it does,” Cooper said in a news release. “North Carolina should make sure every school and every law enforcement professional has the right tools and training.”

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