North Carolina House leader creating school safety panel

RALEIGH, N.C. — The leader of the North Carolina House, Tim Moore, plans a new committee to study how to improve school safety.

The announcement Friday expresses the concerns after the school shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead. Joseph The bipartisan panel will examine current safety standards and procedures in North Carolina’s K-12 schools to “ensure the highest level of safety.”

The committee would make recommendations to the full House when it returns for its next session in May.

The North Carolina legislature previously passed laws following a 2012 Connecticut school shooting to strengthen school security and emergency response requirements. Among those measures were annual safety exercises and school panic alarms.