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Senate panel weighs bills to prevent school violence

Crime scene tape is used around Great Mills High School, the scene of a shooting, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Great Mills. A student with a handgun shot two classmates inside the school before he was fatally wounded during a confrontation with a school resource officer, a sheriff said.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

With the sting of a Maryland teenager’s on-campus shooting death still fresh, a Senate committee Friday heard testimony on legislation to mandate that each school board form a team of experts to assess safety threats, require a safety officer at every public school and ensure local police chiefs to have a role in approving gun purchases.

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