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Safety Preparedness Plans Not Required In MI Schools


Amid the school shooting in Nevada and the teacher in Massachusetts who was found dead, we are taking a closer look at school safety in Mid-Michigan.

A report by the web site "Save Our Children" shows Michigan is one of the only four states that doesn't require schools to have emergency safety plans in a disaster.

Despite this, some people think that schools are still safe, like William Mayes, Executive Director at the Michigan Association of School Administrators.

"Schools are the safest place for children today," said Mayes.

But some people think otherwise. Representative Joseph Graves is trying to enhance the safety in schools by sponsoring a bill that would require all schools in Michigan to have a plan in place. As well as record all drills online versus the current method where the record is hand written.

"I'm a father of four and grandfather of 12. Its important I know my kids and my grand children are safe," said Graves.

Despite emergency preparedness plans not being required in schools, Michigan State Police say that are doing what they can to keep students safe.

"Safety of the kids is first and foremost," said Trooper Marco Jones with the Michigan State Police.

Jones travels to schools regularly and practices safety drills with students.  

"We try to help schools better prepare for during a lock down drill, whether its an interior or exterior threat," said Jones.

Despite all the safety measure already taken, Graves hopes this bill will prevent any tragedy from happening in Michigan schools.

 "There's nothing more important than our children, so lets make sure our number our number one important commodity are safe," said Graves.

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