Haslam, state officials hold school safety summit

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam told participants of a school safety summit that the state is committed to doing what it can to provide better security at Tennessee schools.

The event on Tuesday was organized to discuss current safety resources and practices, as well as hear from leading state and national experts on safety, law enforcement and mental health.

The Republican governor told officials from state agencies and representatives from school districts across the state that he hopes the summit will provide "practical things that we can do."

During his State of the State address to lawmakers the night before, Haslam proposed $34 million in his budget to address capital needs that can be used for increased security measures in the aftermath of last month's massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. where a gunman killed 20 children and 6 adults.

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