Eighteen-year-old Justin Bullock wrote a bill for his senior project at Petal High School, then passed it on to state Sen. Tom King. It was signed into law by Gov. Haley Barbour Wednesday.
The law will extend the jurisdiction of school security officers 500 feet beyond school property. Bullock said he was inspired after several high school shootings across the country, like Columbine.
"It will give them the necessary tools to go and protect our schools, to make them safer, a safer environment," said Bullock. "Because we need to feel safe to have good learning."
Bullock says he plans to go to college next year, then study law.