Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Lamb, legislative leaders makes school security announcement

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma state leaders and legislators announced the formation of the Oklahoma Commission on School Security task force on Thursday.

"In light of recent events, the time has come for us to assess the current school security system in Oklahoma," said Lt. Governor Todd Lamb. "The Oklahoma Commission on School Security will provide an avenue for some of Oklahoma's finest to collaborate towards a common goal. With the right knowledge and resources, we can effectively provide a safer school climate for our most precious commodity."

The purpose of the Oklahoma Commission on School Security will be to study a number of school security factors and to provide suggestions and possible legislative recommendations for the 2013 legislative session.

Some initial issues to be discussed within the commission's study will include current school safety measures, local control and local empowerment and mental health.

Lamb, who will serve as chairman, said the measure was different than the federal commission announced Wednesday, concluding the state commission would "focus on school security" and not gun control.

The commission is in the beginning stages, Lamb said Thursday. More details are expected to be released on the task force in the coming weeks.

2NEWS reporter Sara Goldenberg was at the Capitol for the announcement and will continue to update this story.


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