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Roger Webb: No quick fixes to school safety issue

BY ROGER WEBB Published: March 22, 2013

Recommendations were made to address students who have mental health issues. We also know that bullying is often a root cause of school violence and suicide. An important recommendation was the creation of a School Security Institute, which will be a source of continual support and guidance for all Oklahoma schools. From wicked weather to acts of violence, risks can be reduced through coordinated planning and proper training for teachers and students.

The commission acknowledges that this document isn't a finished product. Members call upon every school, public and private, to continuously evaluate its own unique needs and make appropriate upgrades to emergency plans, buildings and grounds. Sandy Hook was another wake-up call and we know that the bar of public expectations has been raised.

All of us must keep asking this question: How safe are our schools? Our children deserve an answer.

Webb, a former state commissioner of public safety and former president of the University of Central Oklahoma, is a member of the school safety commission.