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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Friday morning at Hoggard High School, Governor Pat McCrory announced a new task force as part of the Center for Safer Schools.

The task force will not only focus on security in schools, but student’s mental health as well. It will be comprised of 20 people including students, parents, mental health workers, teachers, and law enforcement.

The Governor says it is his goal to make North Carolina Schools some of the safest places in the state.

“That is our responsibility of everyone, from the Governor all the way down to the parents. It has to be a collaborative effort. We cannot leave it up to the teachers and the principals and the students. We have to help from the outside also,” he said.

McCrory says helping from the outside includes educating parents and encouraging their involvement.

He also stressed the importance of student to student interventions.

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