In addition to Senate Bill 5445, the upper chamber unanimously passed a measure detailing that the school security money go toward panic alarms alerting local law enforcement of emergencies, reducing the number of public entrances to schools, and controlling and monitoring those entrances to make it harder for unwelcome parties to get inside.
Sen. Bruce Dammeier, R-Puyallup, said he introduced Senate Bill 5197 in response to the December elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 students and teachers dead.
“I wish we lived in a world where our schools were entirely secure and our kids were perfectly safe,” Dammeier said. “Sadly, that’s not the world we live in. But we can make them safer than they are today.”