State News
6:44 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Lawmakers urged to form school security task force

Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, there have been at least two-dozen new school shootings. Last spring, with the tragedy still fresh in their minds, lawmakers voted to form a school security task force.

The group would research best practices and report on ways Illinois schools might avoid the unthinkable.But only a handful of the committee members were appointed, no meetings were held, and no suggestions were made by the January first deadline. 

Advocates like Robert Bernat, a doctor from Highland Park, say planning is essential.

"The government's first duty is to safeguard the lives of its citizens, particularly the most vulnerable among us."

Bernat traveled to Springfield this week to urge lawmakers to try again.