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Department of Homeland Security committee strives to enhance school safety

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The Department of Homeland Security announced the creation of a new committee Monday to focus on ways of improving school safety across the nation.

DHS’s amped-up efforts to protect schools from gun violence, comes in response to the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead.

“No child should to worry about their safety when in school,” said DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. “The Department’s top priority is to keep the American people safe, and we are closely examining ways to better protect our nation’s students and schools from gun violence.”

The committee will coordinate with first responders, politicians, educators and community members throughout the country on the issue of enhancing school safety.

Public awareness serves as a primary piece to the overall goal.

DHS is coming up with a campaign in which students, staff and communities are encouraged to report suspicious activity.

The Department is in the midst of devising an operational guide, which will give educators and law enforcement (among other entities), outlines procedures on creating threat assessment teams and forming management strategies for decreasing chances of targeted attack.

President Donald Trump has expressed desire to arm teachers and improve background checks for individuals purchasing guns.

To learn more about DHS’s programs: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2018/03/12/dhs-working-enhance-school-safety-increase-preparedness# 

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