Making Schools Safer

January 17, 2013 Updated Jan 17, 2013 at 12:10 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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January 17, 2013 Updated Jan 17, 2013 at 12:10 PM EDT

Albany, N.Y. (WKBW) - New York's gun bill, which is now a law, has provisions to give money to schools to beef up security in a big way.
The goal is to prevent another school massacre but some parents argue it[ is a bit too intense.

Most schools plan to use the money on construction, to make schools very secure. Installing safety measures such as bulletproof glass at the entrances of schools. There is also talk about armed guards being hired with the money, although there is no confirmation that Western New York schools are considering that measure.

As more details come out about the provision, the debate over what is now the nation's toughest gun law intensifies.

"By putting forward this legislation, we're going to make sure that our educational institutions are the safest in the country," Senator Tim Kennedy said.

Some lawmakers disagree.

"I'm troubled by provisions in this bill that clearly contain no proof, no evidence to suggest that it would enhance public safety," Senator Patrick Gallivan said.

Some parents, who even support the new gun law, are a bit worried to have armed guards in schools. They agree something needs to be done but they worry a quick and fierce security upgrade may only rattle students' nerves.