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2/22/2018 Rep. O’Brien supports Rep. Amore’s legislation to add more school resource officers and security upgrades in schools
STATE HOUSE – Rep. William W. O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence) is fully supporting two pieces of legislation that Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) is proposing that are aimed at preventing violence in Rhode Island’s schools after the tragic events in Florida last week.

“As an educator, I applaud Representative Amore for introducing these bills that will hopefully prevent future school violence from manifesting in our state.  There is much more we need to do to address mass-shootings in our schools, but these bills are a good first step in protecting our children,” said Representative O’Brien.

Representative Amore will be introducing a bill that would require that all Rhode Island public schools have a school resource officer on the premises.  If a school has over 1,200 students, two school resource officers would need to be present. 

The second bill would appropriate additional state school and housing reimbursement for renovation and construction in schools that follows national school security best practices.

“I have seen the beneficial effects of school resource officers in the Providence school system, as well as the need for more up-to-date security measures in our aging schools.  Both of these measures will keep our children safer.  Something as simple as bullet resistant glass could prove highly effective in protecting our children in the event of a mass-shooting incident and our schools need to make these upgrades," added Representative O’Brien.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903