Alabama school security

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The Alabama Legislature has authorized city and county school systems to hire armed security guards to protect students.

The Senate voted 21-0 Monday to go along with changes the House made to a school security bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Dick Brewbaker of Montgomery. The bill now goes to the governor for review.

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An Alabama House committee has passed a bill that will allow school systems to hire trained resource officers to provide security in their schools and for the school system to pay for the cost of training and hiring the officers.

The director of Alabama's Department of Homeland Security, Spencer Collier, said it's a way of insuring that Alabama student are safe when at school.

"To get people trained as police officers is the best way to make sure schools are safe," Collier said.

Republican leadership in the Alabama Legislature has offered proposals to make Alabama public schools safer.

The proposals made by Republican legislators at a State House news conference Tuesday includes giving schools permission and more money to hire trained resource officers to provide security. The proposals include one by Republican Rep. Allen Treadaway of Morris to issue up to $50 million in bonds for schools to buy necessary equipment and make renovations so public schools can secure all entrances.

A new survey of Alabama teachers finds that a majority of them support having armed security officers in their schools.

The same survey found that teachers who responded said they oppose allowing administrators and teachers having guns in school. reports ( that the survey was conducted by the Capital Survey Research Center, the polling arm of the Alabama Education Association.

School officials in Shelby County are reviewing their security plans after a deadly shooting spree in Connecticut.

Authorities said surveillance cameras will play a role in upcoming security improvements. ( ) reports that some schools in the county already have more than 30 such cameras.

Architects are also reviewing school entrances to make additional safety improvements.