School Safety

Keeping your kids safe at school is a top priority. I take an “all the above” approach and oppose top-down mandates that ignore each district’s unique needs.
— Rep. Jonathon Hill

School Resource Officers

Having School Resource Officers (SROs) certainly helps. Most of the schools in Anderson District 4 are covered now, but this is not true of all of Anderson's school districts, nor is it true across the state.

I support providing supplemental SRO funding for the districts that need it, and voted to put it in the 2018 budget.

My Votes

Facility Security

Some school buildings lack basic security measures like:

  • Secure entrances
  • Magnetically-lockable doors
  • Safety plan and drills

I will vote for any common-sense change to state regulations that are needed to improve the safety of school facilities.

My Votes

End "Gun-Free" Zones

As helpful as having an SRO around can be, that person can't be everywhere at once.

  • Our kids and teachers are put at risk by making schools "gun-free" zones.
  • Allowing qualified and interested staff, volunteers, and/or parents to carry could provide a more ubiquitous safety net at no cost to taxpayers.
  • Currently, a CWP-holding first responder or volunteer fireman violates the law if they don't leave their gun behind when responding to an emergency incident at a school.

I have authored legislation to repeal the state prohibition and allow each school district to decide for themselves what their policy will be.

My Legislation

  • H.3330 - repeals the state prohibition on carrying guns on school grounds, and allows each school district to decide their own gun policy