Minn. Congressman to lead national school safety hearing

8:04 PM, Feb 18, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Congressman John Kline, a Lakeville Republican, drew a pretty big crowd when members of the Capitol Press Corps crammed into a hallway for a quick press conference.

While a number of the questions were about the automatic spending cuts scheduled to take hold of the federal budget next week, Kline was also happy to talk about the committee he chairs, the Education and the Workforce Committee.

Kline will lead a full committee hearing on school safety in Washington next week.

"There have been all sorts of proposals out there. What to do, so we're going to have a hearing to hear some of those proposals," the Congressman said.

One proposal that may merit some discussion comes from just south of the cities.

"I see, for example, that the city of Jordan here in Minnesota has got plans to move police offices into the schools, so there are suggestions like that," he told reporters.

This discussion stems in large part from the Connecticut school shooting. Rep. Kline says the goal is to flush out what is and what isn't working. He was asked about arming teachers.

"I think I would rather have an armed teacher than a gunman go wild, but I'm not sure it's the right answer for every place. I don't think it's the federal government's place to tell people in Minnesota that they ought to take that step," he explained.

At the same time, the Committee Chair says a conversation is needed right now.

"Having enhanced security seems to be a fairly good idea, but how you do that matters and that's what you hope to get out of a hearing like this," he concluded.

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