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Metro Schools Director Cautious About Proposed Safety Changes

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- After the Sandy Hook tragedy, Metro Schools Director Jesse Register said while it's important to focus on school safety officials shouldn't make any rushed decisions.

This week State Sen. Frank Niceley (R) said that he plans to introduce legislation in the next session that would require all schools to have an armed staff member of some kind. When asked if they supported a measure of that kind, News Channel5 viewers overwhelmingly agreed.

During an appearance on News Channel 5+ Openline Register said he had concerns about such legislation.

"We don't need to react so quickly to talking about teachers carrying guns and principals carrying, wearing guns and things like that. I think that has to be very carefully considered before any move like that's made," he explained.

Another idea that has been proposed is adding armed school resource officers to all Metro elementary schools. Although that solution that would come with a big price tag. On Monday school leaders in Williamson County approved a measure to add additional School Resource Officers at each of the county's 23 elementary schools

"If you put 75 police on, is that the best use of that to have a safe and secure community? That's about$15million year expenditure." Register said.

Register said the bottom line is to carefully consider every alternative in the pursuit of school safety.

"We want all of our schools to be safe. We want to look, we want to double-check, triple-check the procedures that we have in place now," he said.

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