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Representative Talks with Educators, Law Enforcement for Brainstorm on School Safety
State Rep. Joe Dorman, D- Rush Springs, invited state lawmakers, educators and law enforcement to a discussion on school safety. The issue will be a hot topic in the upcoming legislative session which kicks off in Oklahoma next month.
The talk about security comes after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.
"When you see the slaughter of innocent children, the outcry of injustice is very loud and that's why its brought it to the forefront," said Ginger Tinney, the executive director for the Professional Oklahoma Educators.
Tinney was just one of the about two-dozen people who attended the discussion at Rush Springs High School. It was a relaxed setting, offering all in attendance a chance to talk openly about their ideas.
"Of all of the discussions I've heard so far with the politics both at the national level and with the state, we haven't heard much coming from the teachers, the administrators, the school board members and they're going to be the ones directly impacted in any of the changes we make," Rep. Dorman said.
Dorman said laws that come after the Sandy Hook shooting, need to be thoughtful. He said its important to get input from experts and educators. Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Karl Springer agreed.
"I'm concerned that we need to make some decisions pretty quickly, but at the same time I don't think we need to knee jerk this. I think this is something that will give us an opportunity to do something really good, and to raise the level of security," Springer said.
Police officers are on duty at every Oklahoma City school. Middle and high schools also have metal detectors. While Springer said his district is ahead of the curve on this issue, he said the district could always improve. He said Saturday's meeting also opened his eyes to the the issues at rural school districts. Rep. Doorman is proposing a bill to help these, and all, Oklahoma schools get funding for safety measures.
"I'm working on a legislation right now that would allow each individual school district to run a separate type of bond that would increase standards for school safety, and possibly hire resource officers. And today's conversation certainly gave me different ideas of things that we need to include in that bill and things we need to make certain happen," Dorman said.
Dorman urges anyone with ideas on how to improve safety at schools to contact their lawmakers.
The deadline to file a bill in Oklahoma is Thursday.
Posted: Sunday, January 13 2013, 10:10 AM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Okla. grand jury returns new charges on ex-judge
May 23, 2013 23:32 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury has returned new indictments against a former Lincoln County judge who already faces embezzlement and cattle theft charges.
The grand jury handed up the indictments Thursday against 47-year-old Craig S. Key of Chandler.
Key turned himself in last month to Lincoln County authorities who set bond at $10,000.
One indictment accuses Key of harboring a fugitive by allegedly encouraging a client facing criminal charges in Lincoln and Jefferson counties to flee the state to avoid prosecution.
Another charges Key with five counts of delivery of a forged note and accuses him of forging the name of a woman whose signature was required on escrow account checks that Key was also required to sign.
Key's attorney, Cheryl Ramsey of Stillwater, says the additional indictments are no surprise.
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