Republican candidate for governor Jim Nussle said Thursday that he would require all schools to prepare emergency plans to deal with outbreaks of violence and would set aside $500,000 to implement the plans.
Nussle said recent school shootings across the country show that such incidents are not solely an urban problem.
"We know that you don't necessarily have to live in a large city or a larger suburb to be touched by violence and emergency situations in schools," Nussle said.
Currently, schools are required to have disaster plans for such things as tornadoes and fires, but they aren't required to have a plan for dealing with an outbreak of violence.
Nussle said he would assign the lieutenant governor to coordinate the effort with state law enforcement agencies.
As part of the planning process, schools should coordinate their efforts with local law enforcement, emergency responders and medical facilities, Nussle said.
"It needs to be a priority and it needs some resources that we are setting aside," he said.