Schools in Lawrence, Massachusetts, facing new ‘no guns’ restrictions

Schools in the Boston suburb of Lawrence are being forced to restrict gun access to students because of a new state law that has sparked anger among gun rights activists.

In the past week, more than a dozen law enforcement agencies have issued a letter to schools, demanding the closure of school buildings, restricting access to guns on school grounds and banning the use of cell phones and video cameras inside classrooms.

On Tuesday, the Boston Public Schools (BPS) board of trustees approved a plan that will require students in all schools in the area to wear body cameras and use other safety measures.

The new law, which went into effect last week, requires schools to develop an “enforcement plan” to address concerns raised by gun rights groups, including a requirement that all schools have body cameras in all classrooms.

The law also prohibits schools from allowing guns in school buildings.

The BPS board of education has until the end of the month to revise its plan.

Schools will have to submit the plan by Dec. 31 and be notified within 24 hours if it is adopted, said Bethany Coughlin, a spokeswoman for the Boston School Board.BPS, the state’s largest school district, had faced criticism for its handling of the shooting death of an unarmed student last year in Newtown, Connecticut, by a teacher and a student.

That case sparked nationwide calls for changes to gun laws and sparked a national debate over gun control.

The BPS decision to implement the cameras and other safety precautions comes at a time when schools are facing a wave of school shootings.

Last year, the city of Newtown, Massachusetts became the latest school district to close after a gunman killed 20 students and six staff members in an elementary school.

The shooting death last year of 18-year-old Adam Lanza, who shot dead his mother, Nancy, at their home in Newtown in December, was one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.

The shootings were the deadliest in the nation since 1993 when two brothers killed 20 people at a church in Oklahoma City.

The Newtown shooting sparked nationwide protests and the release of a documentary titled “The Hunting Ground” that documented how schools were left in a state of lockdown after the shooting.

The state of Massachusetts enacted a bill in April to increase school safety measures, but some school leaders have argued that it does not go far enough.

Last month, the State Senate approved a proposal to ban firearms on school property, requiring schools to put up signs warning students that guns are prohibited and that they will be monitored.

Lawmakers in the state have also voted to ban handguns from schools.

The Massachusetts Legislature passed a similar measure in 2012.

The bill was approved by the state House and the Senate but died in the Legislature.