The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Local News

February 15, 2013

Alabama school board mandates shooter drills

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In the wake of the killing of a school bus driver in Midland City, the State Board of Education is instructing all schools to conduct drills at least twice annually addressing intruders and active shooters.

The board passed a resolution for the drills Thursday. Al.com (http://bit.ly/X9AUxK ) reports that the resolution also mandates that select personnel in each school system participate in active-shooter training provided by the state Department of Homeland Security.

The resolution comes after Jimmy Lee Dykes boarded a Dale County school bus Jan. 29, killing the driver and kidnapping a kindergarten student. FBI officers killed him after a seven-day standoff.

The board also voted to extend the contract of state school Superintendent Tommy Bice for one year to Dec. 31, 2015, at the same salary of $198,000 annually.

1
Text Only
Local News
Poll

Do you think Athens-Limestone County is better prepared than in April 2011 to provide shelter from a major tornado?

Yes
No
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee