Gov. Haslam outlines comprehensive Tennessee school security plan

Tennessee governor, Bill Haslam, is seen at an announcement of the new 5-seat Atlas SUV at Volkswagen Chattanooga on Monday, March 19, 2018 in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Wade Payne/AP Images for Volkswagen)

NASHVILLE - Gov. Bill Haslam says the state will undertake a comprehensive, three-pronged approach to increase safety at schools across Tennessee in response to the deadly Parkland, Fla., shooting that killed 17 people last month.

Haslam made the announcement Wednesday after a working group he formed released its recommendations, which include providing more funding to hire more school resource officers and providing a statewide technology application for anonymous reporting of threats or suspicious activity by students, faculty, staff and others.

The governor wants the plan implemented during the 2018-19 school year. It provides for direct communication among and between individuals reporting threats or activity and state and local law enforcement officials, as well as local school districts.

"All children in Tennessee deserve to learn in a safe and secure environment, and I appreciate the efficient and thorough work of the school safety working group," the governor said in a news release.