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Oklahoma task force studies school security, risks

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 22, 2013 at 6:57 pm •  Published: January 22, 2013

Trump said other states have instituted school safety training classes. For the past 13 years, authorities In Indiana have operated the School Safety Specialist Academy that provides certified training and information on school safety practices, as well as resources for school safety, security and emergency preparedness planning.

Kim Carter, director of the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, said the agency has been considering an Indiana-style academy for Oklahoma educators.

Terri White, commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, told members of the commission that most people with mental health issues are not violent and that mental illness accounts for no more than 5 percent of the overall rate of violence.

"However, when it happens, they are usually headline-grabbing stories," White said.

White urged the commission to consider mental health training and awareness programs for educators and to implement school-based prevention and screening for students who experience mental health issues. White said about 20 percent of young people have some form of mental, emotional or behavioral disorder that, if left untreated, can lead to violence.