Ala. leaders strategize school shooting prevention

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Participants in a Statehouse summit meeting have agreed that preventing and reacting to incidents like the Connecticut elementary school shooting will be the top priority for the Alabama Legislature in the regular session that begins Feb. 5.

That was the consensus among speakers Wednesday at a meeting of lawmakers, law enforcement officers and educators at the Alabama Statehouse.

The meeting was called by House and Senate leaders to discuss the issue following the shooting last month that killed 26 at a Connecticut elementary school.

Most speakers also agreed they do not feel that arming teachers is a solution to the problem, although one lawmaker suggested legislation that would arm a few specially trained teachers and staff members. Other proposed solutions included hiring more armed school resource officers.



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