New law requires shooting incident drills at Illinois schools

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Governor Pat Quinn signed a new law that adds a shooting incident safety drill to the list of those required at schools in Illinois.

School districts are already required to conduct at least six drills each year, including three school-evacuation drills, one bus-evacuation drill, one law enforcement drill and one severe weather drill during which students shelter in place.

The new law requires the law enforcement drill must include a shooting incident, and law enforcement must also participate in the drill.  The shooting incident drill must be conducted during the academic year in each school building where students are taught.

“Our students, teachers, principals and school staff can never be too prepared for an emergency situation where a gun is involved,” Governor Quinn said. “If the unthinkable were ever to occur, knowing what to do, where to go and how to respond could save many precious lives.”

Gov. Quinn signed the bill into law Monday, July 1, 2013.  The new law takes effect immediately.