An expanding web of largely unknown security contractors is marketing facial recognition systems directly to school and community-center leaders, pitching the technology as an all-seeing shield against school shootings. The companies say little about how they designed, tested or safeguarded the devices.
The school-shooting copycat syndrome has steadily escalated in recent years. Young men, many of them depressed, alienated or mentally disturbed, are drawn to the Columbine subculture because they see it as a way to get the attention of a society that they believe bullies, ignores or misunderstands them.
A new federal survey reports that armed officers were present at least once a week in 43 percent of all public schools during the 2015-16 school year, compared with 31 percent of schools a decade before. The shift is clearer at the elementary school level.
The state’s program has stopped bomb threats, suicides, murders, and prevented people from getting continuously bullied or threatened. It isn’t perfect, but it has saved lives and even won support from the ACLU, writes a former LAPD commander.
Two days before the Parkland, Fl., school shooting, the Office of Management and Budget asked Congress to shut down a $50 million federal program funding research on school safety. Criminologists warn ending the program would “detract from efforts to reduce/avoid future school shootings and violence.”
Abel Cedeño, 18, was charged with murder after allegedly stabbing a 15-year-old to death with a switchblade knife and seriously injuring a 16-year-old. Cedeño’s lawyers at the Legal Aid Society cited a “long history of bullying and intimidation Abel has endured.”
One in every five middle and high school students has complained of being bullied at school and the number of reports of sexual assault on college campuses has more than tripled over the past decade, says a federal study released today.