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Lawmaker: School Shootings Have Made Teachers 1st Responders

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — School shootings have turned teachers into first responders, and they deserve the same death benefits given to police officers and firefighters, a state lawmaker said Wednesday.

“I remember learning how to play dodgeball at recess; I don’t remember my teachers telling me to lock the door when they left the room and to not open it until the gunshots ceased,” Democratic Rep. Katherine Rogers told the House Finance Committee.

According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 909 school-associated violent deaths in the U.S. between the 1992-93 and 2011-12 school years. That total includes students, staff members and other victims.

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