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Florida Board of Education looks to shape up school security

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Posted at 6:09 PM, Apr 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-16 14:51:38-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)-- Members of the Florida Board of Education are going the extra mile to protect your children. The board is now working on a plan to create a safety and security task force to keep your kids safe in schools.

Florida's state board of education is making efforts to make schools safer--an issue a father like Paul Hackenberry says is critical.

"As I watch things unfold, it troubles me as a parent and a grandparent that the violence now has escalated to and involved our schools and our school children," said Hackenberry.

The board is now working on a plan to create a task force composed of superintendents, law enforcement, and educators to come up with the best plan to keep children safe and secure in school

"We're addressing this because we do need to address this, our kids are vulnerable in many schools," said Barbara Feingold.

Like Barbara Feingold, board members are taking this issue very seriously. The new task force would be charged with developing a security training program, limiting public access to schools, and new evacuation procedures.

Hackenberry says those changes are much needed but and could be inexpensive.

"I would hope that's done in a diligent cost effective manner so that the results are effective in enhancing security," said Hackenberry.

While the focus is on security and safety, some say you can't talk about those two without mentioning mental illness.

"I believe that there has to be more support for mental illness, the state is doing a good job trying not to cut our budget but its still very necessary for more support, and more education about it," said Mariana Lara.