Several school safety bills that that were recommended in the wake of school shootings around the country--including the 1998 rampage at Springfield's Thurston High School--were signed into law June 26 by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber.

Among other things, the measures create a statewide toll-free hot line to allow students to alert school authorities to possible violence and require schools to adopt anti-bullying policies.

"These bills go a long way to reduce the


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