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Tennessee bill altering protocol to school fire alarm drills advances in the House

Tennessee lawmakers no longer want students to hustle out of the classroom when a fire alarm goes off at school. Some claim fire alarms are an easy target for gunmen.

That’s exactly what happened to 9-year-old William Kinney. He was the line leader at The Covenant School on March 27, 2023, and thought he was leading his class to safety.

Last month, a Covenant parent read a letter on behalf of William’s grieving mother, begging for changes to policy.

The legislation would require schools to develop a procedure that would determine why a fire alarm was pulled. This would include a series of quick protocols to determine potential threats like active shooters.

On Thursday, the bill passed the House unanimously 97-0. It moves to a Senate committee next week.

Read more on the legislation here:

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