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The Trump Administration just released its school safety report that details dozens of ways officials believe they can improve security at schools.

To view the report, click here. The report is almost 200 pages long with nearly 100 recommendations. 

A parent who lost a child at Sandy Hook is supporting the ideas too.

Some of the big ones include arming more personnel at schools, enacting stricter discipline policies and allowing law enforcement to take weapons away from potentially violent students. It also stresses the importance of improving access to school-based mental health and counseling.

The report even suggests tapping into local faith groups for that too. 

It was commissioned by President Trump after the February mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

Senator Richard Blumenthal was quick to criticize it saying, “This so-called school safety report is a low grade scam. Forcing educators to carry firearms won’t save lives. Keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people will.”

Senator Chris Murphy wrote, “Teachers don’t want this. Parents don’t want this. Only Betsy DeVos, President Trump, and the gun industry think the best way to stop a school shooting is to load schools up with guns.”

The report stresses that each individual community pick and choose what will work best for them. Federal official were quick to say there is no recommendation to use federal funds to “arm teachers.”

Original story: Max Schachter lost his teenage son Alex in February’s Parkland, Florida school shooting.

He hopes parents nationwide will read the recommendations from president’s school safety commission.

“Every school around the country should look at this report, and analyze all the recommendations”, Schachter says. 

The report, released Tuesday, suggests dozens of ways to improve school security, from adding mental health resources, to enacting stricter discipline policies and permitting some school employees to carry guns, to allowing law enforcement to take weapons away from potentially violent students.

“Stopping a tragedy before it happens. It’s our number one goal”, President Donald Trump said. 

The report says there’s no one size fits all approach to improving school safety. 

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Instead, the commission suggests each community pick and choose ideas that might work in local schools. 

Scarlett Lewis lost her son Jesse in the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. She says she’s thrilled that the report goes beyond simply improving physical security. 

“Teaching kids how to have healthy connections, how to manage their emotions, skills and tools for resilience.” 

President Trump says the report is a challenge to communities nationwide and lawmakers, at all levels, to do more to keep kids safe.

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