A state Senate hearing has been scheduled to discuss school emergency plans designed to prevent incidents like the mass shooting in December at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee and the Education Committee will hold the hearing from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 13th at the North Office Building in Harrisburg. Among the strategies up for discussion is a proposal by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, which would vastly increase the amount of grant funding available for schools to increase their safety and enact violence prevention initiatives, including training and hiring of armed guards to protect students.
In the month that has followed the deadly school shooting in Connecticut, many school districts across Indiana County have discussed the hiring of armed security personnel. Groups that plan to testify at that February hearing will include the state Dept. of Education, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, schools superintendents, teachers and principals.