New law aims to make Kentucky classrooms safer

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - School safety is a priority for Kentucky school leaders and this year Governor Matt Bevin signed the School Safety and Resilience Act into law.

Sister station WKYT reports, the law includes adding safety measure like metal detectors and school resource officers. The law also includes teachers keeping doors locked and addresses students making "fake" school threats.

Last year, Kentucky schools saw more than 1,300 threats. The new law also states the student will receive a felony charge if they are caught making a false threat.

"We need these kids to stand before a judge and explain why they thought they could do something like that," said Jon Akers with the Kentucky Center for School Safety. "If we don't flex strong on this one we are going to have the kids in and out all the time."

Students will also learn about a new statewide tipline running through the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.