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Senate passes plan to strengthen school safety

Mississippi schools could offer firearm training to staff and strengthen campus security under a bill passed by the Senate.

Posted: Mar. 7, 2018 3:45 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- Mississippi schools could offer firearm training to staff and strengthen campus security under a bill passed by the Senate.

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Lt. Governor Tate Reeves announces the passing of House Bill 1083 Wednesday afternoon.

The bill wouldl allow school leaders the option to seek emergency response training approved by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

Staff members could provide immediate protection before law enforcement arrives on campus.

The measure applies to public and private schools, community and junior colleges and universities.

The bill now goes back to the House for further consideration.

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