CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The massacre of 20 Connecticut first-graders and six adult staffers has West Virginia officials talking school safety ahead of the Legislature's session.
West Virginia already has 64 armed and federally trained Prevention Resource Officers in 32 counties. Officials are weighing expanding their presence. But state Schools Superintendent Jim Phares says he doesn't want to send the message that violence is winning.
Phares has informally approached the National Guard to check schools for safety flaws and train staff. Education officials and lawmakers are also reviewing mental health care resources.
House Speaker Rick Thompson says school safety could join other topics arising from the in-depth study of the state's education system. The Wayne County Democrat may assign the issue to the special committee he formed to handle the recent education audit.
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