Threat teams, peer counseling recommended for school safety

April 23, 2018 - 4:00 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some North Carolina legislators agree public schools will be safer if support professionals are directed to work together to identify troubled youth and young people mentor classmates.

A House subcommittee examining student health issues voted Monday for several recommendations they'd like approved by the General Assembly when it reconvenes next month. House members began meeting in response to the Florida school shootings in February.

One proposed bill requires the creation of "threat assessment teams" covering every school that would identify students who may pose a safety threat to other students or staff and get them help. The measure also would direct the creation of "peer to peer" student counseling programs.

The subcommittee also agrees more school counselors, social workers and psychologists should be hired but didn't give exact numbers.

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