Proposed state database would track school threats


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan Legislature is considering a number of chances for schools and police agencies aimed at tightening the belt on school safety.

Last week, two bills addressing school security passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. House Bill 5852 would create new active-shooter training requirements for police. House Bill 5851 would mandate that school administrators report all threats and attempted violence to state police.

"School safety has really been moved to the top of the education agenda," Larry Johnson, assistant superintendent and executive director of public safety at Grand Rapids Public Schools, said.

Johnson was a part of the work groups that hammered out several school safety recommendations for state lawmakers.

"There's two types of districts: districts that are coming out of a crisis or one that's getting ready to go into a crisis," Johnson said. "Any district is prone to a school safety incident of any magnitude."

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