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New school safety bill requires armed officers at schools

Kentucky State Capitol Building
Posted at 10:32 AM, Jan 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-14 10:33:00-05

FRANKFORT — A Kentucky lawmaker has introduced a bill requiring any police officer assigned to schools to be armed.

The measure introduced Monday is a follow-up to last year's school safety law that stemmed from a deadly school shooting.

The new measure was introduced by Senate Education Committee Chairman Max Wise. Last year's school safety law did not specify whether school police needed to carry a weapon.

The follow-up measure would require that all school-based police officers be armed. Last year's school safety law was in response to the January 2018 shooting at Marshall County High School. Two 15-year-old students were killed.