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School lockdown practices gets N.D. endorsement

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota lawmakers are supporting mandatory lockdown drills in both public and private schools.

Lockdowns are used if there's a school intruder or a potentially dangerous situation. Students are locked in their classrooms, the lights are turned off and they're told to be quiet so they won't attract attention.

New Rockford Sen. Joan Heckaman says some North Dakota schools already practice lockdowns. But she says the drills should be done in all schools, just as fire and tornado drills are.

North Dakota's Senate approved the lockdown mandate 44-2 on Thursday. The bill now goes to Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

It is HB1215.