Members of the La. House Homeland Security Committee were told by state officials Tuesday that the level of safety at the state's elementary, middle and high schools is good because of steps that have been taken to prevent and to respond to crises, such as an active shooter.
"We believe the schools in Louisiana are currently safe. We believe the proactive action done by the task force is prepping and preparing our schools to insure that they stay safe," says Lt. Col. Charlie Dupuy with the Department of Public Safety.
State officials ordered a statewide review of school safety plans in light of a mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last December.
Rep. John Schroder, R-Covington, chairman of the committee, said the emphasis should be on crisis prevention.
"We certainly don't want to be here one day talking about how do we stop some incident from happening, like's happened in some other places," Schroder said.