Quinn signs law requiring schools to do safety drill with law enforcement

By WEEK Reporter

July 1, 2013 Updated Jul 1, 2013 at 7:23 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Governor Pat Quinn signed a new law Monday that requires all Illinois schools to hold active safety drills with local law enforcement to preparee in the event of a shooting.

The new law requires that the law enforcement drill include a shooting incident, and that law enforcement participate in it.

The drill must take place in each school building where students are taught, and it must occur during the academic year.

“Our students, teachers, principals and school staff can never be too prepared for an emergency situation where a gun is involved,” Governor Quinn said. “If the unthinkable were ever to occur, knowing what to do, where to go and how to respond could save many precious lives. These safety drills will ensure that every Illinois school works with local law enforcement to be as prepared as possible.”

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