SOU student reacts to Kaylee's Law

SOU student responds to passed Kaylee's Law. (Sammy Shaktah/News 10)

Kaylee's Law was signed Thursday by Governor Kate Brown at the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office.

This law will require all schools to do background checks on security guards, and requires their uniforms to be clearly different than those worn by law enforcement, and also stops the stop and frisk authority. It also requires them to undergo psychological testing.

Kaylee's Law is named after Kaylee Sawyer, who was murdered and raped at 23 years old by a Central Oregon Community College security guard in 2016. This law is meant to honor her and prevent more tragedies from occurring.

The suspect in Kaylee's case, Edwin Lara, is currently serving two life sentences for his multi-day crime spree.

With Kaylee's Law signed by Governor Brown, one student at Southern Oregon University, Kristen Ziemer, said this makes her feel safer on campus.

"It would make me feel a lot safer. Also, I think [for] the officers and security guards you should be able to tell the difference between the two, so that's important," Ziemer said.

Additionally, Governor Brown said she wanted to make sure this never happens again. Ziemer is relieved background checks would be implemented as a result of the passed law.

"What a terrible tragedy and it could have been stopped by simple background checks," Ziemer said.

This law will also require security vehicles to be aptly labeled, and mandates that the cameras inside the cars are always recording.

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