King bill to require all schools to be ready for tragedy

Colorado could become the first state in the nation to require all schools, colleges and universities to prepare for horrific incidents, such as shootings.

Rep. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, is preparing the Critical Incident School Safety Act of 2009, which, King said, “will move Colorado forward in dealing with critical incidents and teaching administrators and staff about lockdowns and policies and procedures” for such incidents.

While 13 states have some school safety laws, none have requirements that begin with preschools and extend to college, King said.

The legislation will require school officials to prepare for incidents in a confined space, such as the 1999 Columbine High School shootings, in which 12 students and a teacher were slain, and at a large campus, such as the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, in which 32 people died.

King said he is looking into ways to have schools draft policies to deal with such events, but not make the requirement burdensome.


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