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Here’s more information from the state House of Representatives:

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Joe Dorman said today he would like to see more educators RSVP to a 2 p.m. Saturday meeting in Rush Springs to discuss how lawmakers should move forward on addressing school safety in light of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut and shooting at Taft Union High School in California.

Dorman said with the two shootings happening close together and an incident in Bartlesville where a would-be shooter was apprehended, he would like to see more educators step up and become involved in the discussion.

“I would hope that any educator who is paying attention to the news these days is becoming concerned and would want to participate in Saturday’s discussion,” said Dorman, D-Rush Springs. “We cannot ignore the dangers our students and educators face. I have only received RSVPs from a handful of educators and am frankly disappointed. Among the proposals we will discuss is one that I have suggested, which is to give communities the option to fund safety measures with money raised in local bond elections. Other lawmakers have proposed allowing teachers to carry firearms. It will be the input we receive that determines how we move forward. This is an opportunity for educators to give their input and I hope we will have a large turnout.”

Due to space limitations, only teachers, school administrators and school board members are invited to attend the Saturday discussion at the Rush Springs High School auditorium, Dorman said.

To RSVP, e-mail Joe.Dorman@okhouse.gov

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Carrie Coppernoll

Carrie Coppernoll is a columnist and reporter. She was named the top personal columnist in Oklahoma in 2009 and 2010 by the Associated Press and Association of Newspaper Editors. She was also named the 2008 Journalist of the Year by the Oklahoma... Read more ›