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State House forms Bipartisan taskforce to discuss school safety

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State House forms Bipartisan taskforce to discuss school safety

Michigan lawmakers are forming a bipartisan panel to consider school-safety ideas. Michigan Public Radio’s Colin Jackson has more.

The new taskforce in the state House comes in response to November’s deadly shooting at Oxford High School.

Republican state Representative Luke Meerman [MEER-man] says schools have gotten better at keeping outside threats from getting in. But…

“I think that the part we have missed is on the school mental health side. The line between a student committing suicide and harming other students is very narrow and they’re sometimes interchanged.”

Meerman says the taskforce could come out with some simple policy suggestions very soon—though a full report will likely take months.

The group is evenly split between Democrats and Republicans.