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Safety bill requires metal detectors, armed guards in schools

Pennsylvania Rep. Rosemary M. Brown, a Republican who represents Monroe and Pike counties, has introduced a bill ensuring highest security measures are taken in the state's schools.

This comes in light of school safety and security concerns after a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last week.

If passed, Brown's legislation would fund, as well as mandate, that each school building establish a primary entrance equipped with a metal detector. In addition, she says at least one armed safety officer would be present during school and at after school activities.

"Our students deserve to have an educational environmental that is safe from harm where they can focus on learning," Brown said. "No parent should worry about their child's safety when they send them to school. The time is now for us to take proactive action."

Brown said the bill would "mimic what already occurs when one enters a federal building."

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