ALBANY, NY (Erie News Now)--CURRENTLY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE four lock-down DRILLS PER YEAR.  

BUT WITH CONCERNS ABOUT THE MENTAL HEALTH OF STUDENTS RAMPING UP-- SOME LAWMAKERS ARE PUSHING TO PASS A bill THAT WOULD REDUCE THAT REQUIREMENT BY HALF.  

“We know better, now we need to do better. We have seen the effect that these kind of trauma inducing drills is having on our young people and that’s why I’m standing here today because there is a better way to do this,” said Sen. Samra Brouk (D-55th Senate District).

ADVOCATE AND MOM OF TWO, SHEFFALI WELCH SAid THIS LEGISLATION IS CRITICAL TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM THE IMPACTS OF lock-down DRILLS.  

“I think what’s so sad is recently I was talking with my 12-year-old daughter, and she said things to me such as ‘you know when they put paper over the windows on the doors that signals there are kids in that room and because the shooter is probably going to be somebody from our school they know that we’re all crouching in the back corner,'” said Welch.  

WHILE THE LEGISLATION FAILED TO PASS LAST YEAR, SOME LAWMAKERS ARE CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC THE BILL WILL MAKE IT ACROSS THE FINISH LINE IN THE REMAINING 14 DAYS OF SESSION.  

“I would be crazy if I didn’t think I was concerned about time flying but we’re working very closely. Both houses are working closely together to get this moving,” said Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon (D-Assembly District 52).