Springfield city councilors announced a new 10-member special safety committee Monday. The committee is made up of educators, school committee members, city councilors, parents and a tactical response team member will be overseeing school safety throughout the city of Springfield.
"Everything is on the table when it comes to protecting our school children, and we will be looking at everything to make our schools the safest in the country," said Springfield City Council President James Ferrera. "We can no longer have the attitude that Sandy Hook Elementary or Newtown could not happen in our community."
The recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, as well as the apparent drowning of 12-year-old Kiley Middle School student Marlon Brown, has prompted the formation of this group.
"There's never too much that we can do when it comes to the safety of our children and our people who work in the school for the benefit of the children," said Safety Committee member Dr. Bobby Rennix.
The committee will be reviewing everything from buzzers to enter schools to bulletproof glass to the use of school IDs. The group will seek input from students as well as teachers and staff to work to keep Springfield schools as safe as they can be.
"We want to protect not only our students, but also our teachers, and employees, and custodians, janitors, everybody that works under that umbrella," said City Councilor Bud Williams.
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