Ark School Safety Commission Releases Final Report

Dec 4, 2018

FINAL REPORT - Ark. Gov Asa Hutchinson listens as Arkansas School Safety Commission Chair Cheryl May announces the completion of the final report recommendations to Ark. schools.
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ARK SCHOOL SAFETY REPORT - After nine months of work, the Arkansas School Safety Commission released its final report Monday with recommendations on how schools could best avoid mass shootings. The panel was created by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in March as a response to a school shooting in Parkland, Florida where 17 people were killed.  The report has 30 recommendations including that each school have an armed presence.  During a press conference at the state Capitol, Hutchinson said the he felt such a recommendation should be a local option.

"I do not believe that should be mandated. That is a recommendation," explained Hutchinson. "The final decision should be made by the local school district and local school leadership."

CONSIDERING SCHOOL SAFETY - Gov Asa Hutchinson established a School Safety Commission to improve school safety after the mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida school last March.
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Hutchinson also said  that 70% of Akransas schools have a School Resource Officer or some form of commissioned security and that the Department of Education can review the School Safety Commission’s  recommendations  to  see whether there are any security gaps to address in the future."