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Governor creates School Safety Task force in Virginia

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TAZEWELL (WVVA)-- Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt was chosen to be part of a school safety task force created by Governor Bob McDonnell.

Hieatt has been attending meetings in Richmond with parents, teachers, students, school officials and other law enforcement across the state to come up with ways to better protect Virginia's 2,000 schools.

Hieatt says one idea his group suggested is having resource officers in all schools and expanding their role. The officers will be armed and be trained to deal with people who may have a mental illness in a school setting.

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