SOURCE - HANDOUT/RESTRICTION: AP CLIENTS ONLY

Location - Date: February 6, 2013

1. SOUNDBITE: GOVERNOR ROBERT BENTLEY/(R) ALABAMA

The events in Connecticut of last December and the events in Alabama just this week are a grave reminder that protecting our schools and ensuring the safety of our students and our teachers and our bus drivers should always be a top priority.

2. SOUNDBITE: GOVERNOR ROBERT BENTLEY/(R) ALABAMA

I've asked the Department of Homeland Security to develop a strategic plan for preventing and responding to incidences of active shooters.

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SOURCE: AP IMAGES/AL.COM

RESTRICTIONS: COURTESY AL.COM, MAGAZINES OUT

3. Still: Police vehicles during hostage crisis

4. SOUNDBITE: GOVERNOR ROBERT BENTLEY/(R) ALABAMA

The people of Dale County, who wrap their arms, their loving arms, around the family of a true hero, Charles Poland, bus driver, who gave his life to save those children. A greater love has no one than this, that a man should lay down his life for his friends.

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5. Source: Dale County Board of Education (courtesy)

Still: Charles Poland

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6. Source: AL.COM (COURTESY, MAGAZINES OUT)

Procession of school buses in honor of Charles Poland

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SOURCE: AP Images/AP Clients Only

7. Still: Charles Poland's funeral

STORYLINE:

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley used his State of the State address Tuesday night to address the hostage crisis that ended in his state on Monday. Bentley said the events in his state of the past week, as well as the December massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, demonstrate the need for greater security for students, teachers and bus drivers. He said he has tasked his state Department of Homeland Security with developing a plan to protect schools. The governor also paid tribute to school bus driver Charles Poland, who was killed at the start of the hostage crisis and has been credited with saving the lives of the passengers on his bus.

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