Local School Emergency Procedure Review Ordered

State officials are directing Texas school districts to review their emergency operation plans in the wake of the school massacre in Connecticut.

A 2005 Texas state law requires schools to make extensive security plans and work with local authorities to reduce the threat of tragedy.

Gov. Rick Perry asked Education Commissioner Michael Williams to direct the reviews after Friday's massacre in Newtown, Conn., left 26 people dead, including 20 children.

Perry says it's essential that the government ensure all Texas schools are equipped and prepared to execute plans to secure the safety of school students and staff.

The governor also referred districts to the Texas School Safety Center (TSSC) at Texas State University as a resource to assist in developing a plan of response or improving an existing plan.

NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff contributed to this article.

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