Rep. Kline visits St. Croix Lutheran to talk school safety


Rep. Kline met with Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows and Northern Dakota County police chiefs at Black Sheep Café in South St. Paul Feb. 20. Police chiefs attending were Chiefs Michael Aschenbrener of Mendota Heights, William Messerich of South St. Paul, Bud Shaver of West St. Paul and Larry Stanger of Inver Grove Heights.

Top, Rep. John Kline visits with students at St. Croix Lutheran High School in West St. Paul. Just above, BRS Aerospace President Larry Williams gives Congressman John Kline a tour of the plant in South St. Paul, which employs about 30 people. (submitted photo)

BRS Aerospace President Larry Williams gives Congressman John Kline a tour of the plant in South St. Paul, which employs about 30 people. (submitted photo)

Minnesota Rep. John Kline visited St. Croix Lutheran High School Feb. 20 to talk with students and staff about school safety and seek ways prevent tragedies such as the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
 
During his visit, Kline toured the campus of the West St. Paul private school and met with students participating in the school's extra-curricular youth government group to discuss safety and education reform.
 
Kline, a Republican representing Minnesota's Second Congressional District, also met with the heads of several northern Dakota County law enforcement agencies in South St. Paul, as well as area mayors and council members.
 
Kline, who serves as chair of the Congressional Education and Workforce Committee, scheduled the visit in preparation for a Feb. 27 committee hearing on "Protecting Students and Teachers: A Discussion on School Safety."
 
"The events that took place two months ago in Newtown shocked the nation, and we continue to grieve for the innocent lives lost on that horrible day," Kline said in a release. "We have a responsibility to examine what is and is not working when it comes to school safety. The upcoming hearing will provide an opportunity to discuss ways states and school districts are working to prevent violence in our classrooms."
 
While in the area, Kline also toured the BRS Aerospace plant in South St. Paul and stopped in Lilydale to meet with his newest constituents, who were added to the Second District as a result of the redistricting process last summer.
 
Kline's committee hearing is expected to focus on ways schools can prepare for and recover from threats of violence. Members will discuss faculty and student training practices, local school security needs, crisis reaction protocol, and effective post-incident recovery services. To learn more about this hearing, visit www.edworkforce.house.gov/hearings.
 
-- Luke Reiter

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