December 4, 2013
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama schools superintendent Tommy Bice says the state's schools have a comprehensive safety plan which he feels good about.
Bice's comments came during a Thursday work session of the Alabama Board of Education. The session was called to discuss safety in state schools in the wake of last month's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.
The superintendent has asked state public school systems to turn in their school safety plans to him by early next month.
Bice told state school board members that there are established policies that do not allow guns on school property unless they are in the hands of law enforcement officers or others trained to use them.
Alabama lawmakers have said they expect to consider legislation during the upcoming session to address the issue.