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The Columbia Public School board approved a policy last night that allows Ron White and Ken Gregory, the director and assistant director of safety and security, to carry concealed firearms while on school grounds.

Missouri schools were unsafe for LGBT students in 2013

Nov 17, 2014
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A National School Climate Survey conducted by the Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network revealed that Missouri secondary schools were not safe for LGBT student in 2013.

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New security systems are being implemented throughout the Columbia Public Schools District.

Since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting there have been 70 school shootings nationwide. With an increase in the number of shootings, the Columbia Public Schools District decided to upgrade security measures throughout all the schools in the district.

Columbia Schools spokesperson Michelle Baumstark says the district decided to increase security after annual district meetings in which they discussed possible changes that could be made.

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The Missouri House has passed a bill that would allow school districts to hire police resource officers.

Sponsoring Republican Rep. Sheila Solon, of Blue Springs, says the measure is part of efforts to keep schools safer after the Connecticut elementary school shooting that killed 20 children last December.

She says that school resource officers are considered county or municipal employees. Her bill would allow school districts to hire them directly.

The House voted 129-20 to send the measure to the Senate.

Chris Belcher
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Superintendent Chris Belcher says Columbia Public Schools will be under heightened security tomorrow following rumors and chatter about a possible planned violent act at one of the district’s schools. In a letter to parents today, Belcher said the district and the Columbia Police Department have investigated the rumors and can’t find any credible evidence.

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The Columbia Public School District placed all district schools on what it calls a “modified lockdown” on Tuesday while law enforcement officials were engaged in a vehicle pursuit. 

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