Area school districts react to Obama's gun control package

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The President's gun control package going before Congress includes funding for school safety resources; such as training for teachers and administrators regarding bullying, school counselors with mental health training and armed security officials for districts that want them.

WAFB asked area school districts what they think about the ideas.

St. Helena Parish already has school resource officers at each school. Superintendent Kelli Joseph says "We definitely support the idea of additional counselors at our school sites who would only deal with social and emotional issues for students as well as employees."

An Ascension school spokesperson says "we want to do what is best and most beneficial for our students and would take into consideration any option that the President and Congress approves." The district also has SRO's at its high schools.

There are four SRO's serving the West Baton Rouge 10 schools. Superintendent David Corona says he "believes in the SRO concept and have found it to be effective."

In East Feliciana, Superintendent Henderson Lewis says the district is already "Looking at the current school safety plan and talking with local law enforcement about how to modify that plan."

East Baton Rouge Parish declined to comment on the issue. We have not yet heard back from Livingston Parish.

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