BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Blue Ribbon Commission on School Safety held its first meeting Wednesday.
In attendance were public safety and education leaders from around the state. Safety has become a higher priority following the most recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead. The goal is to figure out what ways they can keep schools in Louisiana safe. One of the ideas that's been suggested is arming some teachers. It's a plan Governor John Bel Edwards is not on board with.
"I cannot support arming teachers as the answer to keeping our kids safe. At the end of the day, I don't think that's a solution that works and I do believe we ought to focus on resource officers, making sure that we have an adequate number of them, that they are well trained, and that they are properly utilized by our schools. Simply put, they ought to be where they need to be in order to have most impact in keeping the kids safe. They ought not be presiding over detention so that people who are kicked out of class for misbehaving they go and get babysat by school resource officer. That's not what they're there for," said Edwards.
The governor also has another meeting with the group Wednesday afternoon where we're hoping to learn more about what the commission comes up with.