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What are Utah schools doing to ensure the safety of students?

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In the wake of the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the state of Utah has been taking a closer look at school safety. 

From March through June 2018, the Utah Safe Schools Commission met several times to discuss ideas to improve school safety. Each idea presented was discussed among the commission.

Together they came up with three recommendations labeled Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3.

According to their findings, Tier 1 recommendations are those in which there was a strong consensus among the commission as well as a sentiment that there would be strong community support. I

These recommendations include the quick availability of well trained mental health teams for students at high risk, mandating mental health reporting, and allowing for gun violence restraining orders. For example, it would allow families and household members, as well as law enforcement officers, to petition a court to remove a person’s access to guns if he or she poses an imminent danger to self or others.

Tier 2 and Tier 3 recommendations had some, but not the majority of support.

See the details behind each recommendation here.

On Wednesday, August 15th Heidi Matthews, president of the Utah Education Association, and student representative and activist Elizabeth Love joined News4Utah in studio to discuss the recommendations.

Love, a recent West High graduate and soon to be Columbia University student, says she supports the extreme risk protective orders which would take away guns from people considered mentally unstable. 

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