Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: May 21, 2008
Sen. Todd Lamb
School Security Act Signed by Governor
Lamb on Wednesday praised Gov. Brad Henry for taking action
to make Oklahoma schools some of the safest in the nation by signing
Senate Bill 1941, the Oklahoma School Security Act.
“The signing of this measure is good news for Oklahomans.
It’s incumbent upon us to do everything in our power to mitigate
risks at our schools and ensure they are safe environments for students
and staff,” said Lamb, R-Oklahoma City. “This law gives
us the opportunity to make numerous security improvements and reduce
instances of violence and bullying in our schools.”
Under SB 1941, schools will be required to practice lockdowns
twice each year. The bill additionally places school administrators
on regional Homeland Security Advisory boards, guaranteeing their
voices are heard on important security related concerns.
The measure also incorporates language regarding electronic communications
under the state’s bullying statues. Under previous state law,
electronic communications could not be considered bullying.
Lamb noted that effectively policing and preventing bullying is
a critical component to reducing the risks of school violence.
“Studies have shown that an overwhelming majority of students
who perpetrate school shootings have been the victims of bullying,”
Lamb said. “It was important that we provide administrators
with tools to combat bullying.”
Lamb said the Legislature has both a moral and legal obligation
to ensure that no parent has to fear their child may be the victim
of violence in Oklahoma schools.
“I’m pleased the Governor has joined with the Legislature
in approving a bill that will help keep our children and educators
safe,” Lamb said. “I look forward to its implementation,
and remain committed to doing everything in my power to make our
schools the nation’s safest.”
For more information contact:
Sen. Lamb's Office: (405) 521-5632