School Lockdown Drills Bill Proposed

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon’s House Education Committee discussed a bill Friday that would require schools to do lockdown drills twice a year.

Locally, the Springfield and Eugene School Districts do those drills, but they’re not part of district code. Individual schools decide how often to run them.

Representative Betty Komp sponsored the bill because, while some schools do these drills, it’s not a universal practice.

“Frequently, we don’t think that our elementary schools are so vulnerable, and yet the Sandy Hook situation shook all of us,” Komp said.

She says not a single person spoke out against the bill during the public testimony hearing Friday.

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