Mo. House panel mulls school security measure following Kirkwood lockdown

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on February 17, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 18 at 6:06 AM

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Making a false report that jeopardizes school security procedures or causing false fears that lead to a lockdown could result in a felony charge under legislation before a Missouri House committee.

The bill was prompted by a TV news story about school security last month that led to a roughly 40-minute lockdown at Kirkwood High School in St. Louis County. A reporter for KSDK-TV visited four elementary schools and the high school. At the high school, he came into the school, asked to speak with security and then left.

Kirkwood officials, a parent and a student favored the legislation Monday. Supporters said some were scared and the actions were dangerous.

KSDK-TV has apologized and led a newscast stating that though unintentional, its actions caused stress and fear.

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