Ohio could mandate school safety, violence prevention programs


DARLENE: A TRUE SIGN OF THE TIMES— ONE OF THE SCARIEST THINGS FOR ANY PARENT IS AN ACTIVE SHOOTER AT THEIR CHILD’S SCHOOL. THE PAIN OF LOSING A CHILD TO VIOLENCE AT THE HANDS OF SOMEONE ELSE, OR THROUGH THEM TAKING THEIR OWN LIFE, IS UNBEARABLE… MARK: HERE IN OHIO LAWMAKERS AT THE STATEHOUSE ARE PROPOSING SOMETHING THAT COULD PREVENT BOTH — OUR OHIO STATEHOUSE NEWSROOM REPORTER JASON AUBRY EXPLAINS. JASON THERE IS A BILL THAT SOME LAWMAKERS SAY, WILL HELP SAVE LIVES AND MAKE SCHOOLS SAFER FOR YOUR CHILDREN – SUPPORTERS OF IT TESTIFIED TODAY. MARK BARDEN’S SON DANIEL WAS SEVEN YEARS OLD ON DECEMBER 14TH, 2012. MARK BARDEN / CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIR. SANDY HOOK PROMISE “DANIEL WAS MURDERED IN HIS FIRST GRADE CLASSROOM AT SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. I WILL NEVER GET USED TO TELLING THAT STORY, OR ANNOUNCING THAT IN ANY WAY. THE PAIN THAT MY FAMILY HAS ENDURED IS JUST IMPOSSIBLE TO ARTICULATE.” SINCE THAT DAY BARDEN HAS HAD ONE GOAL. MARK BARDEN / CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIR. SANDY HOOK PROMISE “I WILL DEDICATE EVERY FIBER OF MY BEING TO MOVING THE BALL FORWARD AND PREVENTING OTHER FAMILIES FROM HAVING TO LIVE THIS PAIN.” THAT IS WHY HE IS WORKING WITH LAWMAKERS ON HOUSE BILL 1-2-3. MARK BARDEN / CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIR. SANDY HOOK PROMISE “HB123 WOULD MAKE OHIO THE FIRST IN THE NATION TO ESTABLISH A STATEWIDE STANDARD FOR SCHOOL AND STUDENT SAFETY PROGRAMING BY GIVING ALL MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ACCESS TO LIFE SAVING TRAINING.” THERE WOULD BE A VARIETY OF PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOLS TO CHOOSE FROM, AND THEY MUST BE FREE. PREVENTING SCHOOL SHOOTERS IS ONLY PART OF WHAT THE BILL DOES — IT’S MEANT TO STOP SUICIDES AS WELL. TONY CODER / EXEC. DIR. OHIO SUICIDE PREVENTION FOUNDATION “WE’RE LOSING PEOPLE AT ALARMING RATES AND SADLY YOUTH ARE NOT IMMUNE FROM THIS ISSUE.” IN OHIO THE SECOND LEADING KILLER OF KIDS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 10 AND 19… IS SUICIDE. TONY CODER / EXEC. DIR. OHIO SUICIDE PREVENTION FOUNDATION “WHEN SOMEONE SAYS THAT THEY ARE GOING TO TRY TO KILL THEMSELVES, THAT REALLY ISN’T JUST A SOME KIND OF CLAIM, THAT’S REALLY A CRY FOR HELP; AND WE NEED TO TAKE THESE CRIES FOR HELP SERIOUSLY.” THE PROGRAMING MANDATED IN THE BILL IS MEANT TO GIVE KIDS THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO DO THAT. JASON THE BILL ALSO CREATES A SYSTEM FOR THOSE WHO HAVE CONCERNS TO REPORT THEM TO… THAT INFORMATION WILL BE SHARED WITH STATE AGENCIES BUT KEPT PRIVATE… THE PUBLIC WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS TO IT. DARLENE: THIS WEEKEND… PIKE COUNTY