Like many schools, Hilldale Middle School in Muskogee, Okla., had already installed security cameras and used hand-held metal detectors to protect against possible violence.

But when a student opened fire at nearby Fort Gibson Middle School in December, officials in the Hilldale Independent School District decided they needed to do even more. That's when the School Safety Task Force, comprised entirely of students, was formed.

"We adopted a no-taunting policy after Columbine, ...

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