Lawmaker: School shootings have made teachers 1st responders

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Posted: Jan 13, 2016 4:18 PM

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire lawmaker says school shootings have turned teachers into first responders and they deserve the same state death benefits given to police officers and firefighters.

Concord (KAHN'-kard) Democratic Rep. Katherine Rogers told the House Finance Committee on Wednesday the state has been lucky enough to avoid mass violence in schools but educators are expected to protect children and undergo extensive training to do so. Her proposal would provide $100,000 to the family of any public school worker who dies in the line of duty.

Rogers says three other states have some kind of benefit for school workers.

Committee members say the bill needs work to clarify whether it would apply in cases of accidents and natural disasters or only violent deaths.