Across the United States, less than two months since the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, at least 10 U.S. states have proposed spending significantly more to bolster school safety.
In Louisiana, the Livingston Parish Sheriff is proposing to the Livingston Parish School Board a half-cent sales tax increase to fund a school resource officer for each parish school. It would take nearly 50 school resource officers at a cost of $111,000 per officer to train, outfit and equip.
In Florida, the Broward County School Board, which oversees the high school where a gunman massacred 17 people in February, has rejected its share of new state funding to be used for arming teachers.
In Maryland, the Governor signed into law SB 1226. The new law mandates that schools have either resource officers or adequate law enforcement coverage. It also requires local school systems to conduct comprehensive safety evaluations of their facilities, including developing an emergency plan. Schools must ensure safety personnel are properly equipped and trained. School systems must designate a state-certified security administrator to oversee the plan. The law requires schools to create a multi-discipline threat-assessment team and designate a mental health services coordinator.