North Carolina has taken a leading role to push school security legislation, a step SIAC believes is important for safer schools. We’ve advocated for a number of measures the past few months, since the Newtown, CT, tragedy. It’s good to see the North Carolina legislature take initial steps to further protect children in our schools. We know it is not final action, but we encourage companies in the electronic security industry to stay active on this front, supporting these types of measures.
The bipartisan legislation in North Carolina was approved by their House Education Committee unanimously, according to the Associated Press. The legislation would set aside money for districts to hire police officers and counselors and install panic alarms in classrooms. Four million dollars in grants would be set aside to help districts install panic alarms in classrooms.
Other states should take heed. Companies in our industry should also take heed. Legislation does not get developed, discussed and passed by people standing on the sidelines. Progress takes shape through individuals and organizations stepping forward, taking a stand and following through to ensure change takes place.
North Carolina has done the right thing, and we encourage other states to follow suit. Through your local and state alarm associations, you can get involved to find out the best way to advocate for legislation. Contacting the Electronic Security Association (ESA at http://www.esaweb.org) or the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA at http://www.csaaintl.org) are two other great ways for you to get started.