Governor Pete Ricketts wants to start a dialogue with law enforcement, educators and mental health professionals to come up with a plan on how to keep our students safe in school. He agrees with several steps that are already under discussion in Washington D.C.
Governor Ricketts says one of the things we can do for example is strengthen background checks. Other things we can do is to make sure when we see individuals who are clearly disturbed, that we are getting to them early for intervention to prevent these sort of things from happening. That is the real reason these events are happening is because people are disturbed, have mental health care issues or maybe are just violent people. We have to find these people before they can perpetrate these kinds of tragedies.”
Governor Ricketts is not opposed to having some teachers carry concealed weapons in the classroom. It is important to have conversations on a number of ideas. He says every state needs to figure out what is right for them. Along with having a dialogue with law enforcement, mental health care professionals and educators they also want to look at what other states have done successfully and incorporate that into Nebraska’s plan. No timeline has been set as there is a lot of data to collect and consider.