Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Monday, July 13, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Clear Day 77° Clear
News >  WA Government

School safety center proposal clears second vote

Associated Press

OLYMPIA – A bill establishing a network of regional school safety centers and a threat assessment program has cleared its second floor vote in the Washington Legislature, with lawmakers citing recent mass shootings at U.S. schools as motivation.

Set up in each of the state’s nine educational service districts, the centers would offer assistance and training to individual school districts, including suicide prevention and other behavioral health training, and help establish plans to identify and assist distressed students.

The state Senate unanimously approved the measure Friday after amending it on the floor. It now returns to the state House for a final vote.

Sen. Steve O’Ban, a University Place Republican, said the bill had been motivated in part by the shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people.

Along with the centers, the bill directs state education authorities to develop a model program for identifying and responding to students in crisis who might threaten others. The regional centers are tasked with helping school districts implement the program.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

The journalists of The Spokesman-Review are a part of the community. They live here. They work here. They care. You can help keep local journalism strong right now with your contribution. Thank you.

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.

Swedish Thoracic Surgery: Partners in patient care

 (Courtesy Bergman Draper Oslund Udo)

Matt Bergman knows the pain and anger that patients with mesothelioma feel.