For Immediate Release:
February 22, 2008
Sen. Todd Lamb
Lamb: Lawton Area School Scare Reinforces
Need for School Security Act
The Thursday arrest of a Lawton man who threatened
to bomb schools in Lawton and Chickasha underscores the need to
make schools safer for children and staff, Sen. Todd
Lamb said Friday.
Lamb is the author of Senate Bill 1941, the Oklahoma School Security
Act. The measure includes numerous provisions designed to make educational
facilities more secure, reduce school violence and bullying and
involve administrators in an effort to make their schools safer.
The measure also eliminates the use of schools as polling places.
“I’m grateful this particular threat was neutralized,
but it reinforces the need to improve security at our schools,”
said Lamb, R-Oklahoma City. “We need to do everything in our
power to ensure threats such as this one do not materialize and
result in tragedy.”
SB 1941 would require that schools practice lockdowns three times
each year. Under current law, schools are only required to practice
lockdowns once each year. Lamb said the use of schools as polling
places presents a security risk, as people can walk into schools
without having to present identification. The bill would also ensure
that school administrators have a place on regional Homeland Security
Additionally, the measure contains provisions to reduce, and more
effectively police, bullying. The Oklahoma School Security Act would
add electronic communications to the state’s bullying statutes.
Electronic communications cannot be considered bullying under current
Lamb said the safety and security of the state’s most vulnerable
citizens should be the first priority of government, and that each
threat to the safety of our children should make this clear to lawmakers.
“No parent should have to worry about the safety of their
children when they send them to our schools,” Lamb said. “It’s
our responsibility as lawmakers to do everything in our power to
avert a tragedy and preserve the safety of our children and school
The Senate Education Committee approved SB 1941 on Monday, and
the bill will now be considered by the full Senate.
For more information contact:
Senator Lamb's Office: (405) 521-5632