Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman says an anonymous tip line like her state’s Safe2Tell could have prevented the Florida school shooting. Other states are creating similar tip lines, both for getting alerts to potential school violence and for suicides.
In what could be a model for other school districts, the Mad River Local Schools near Dayton have installed 32 safes among its schools, each containing a semiautomatic pistol and a removable magazine loaded with bullets.
Conservative commentators have seized on an unlikely target: an Obama-era guidance document that sought to rein in the suspensions and expulsions of minority students. Critics argue that any relaxation of disciplinary efforts could let a killer slip through the cracks. President Trump says the commission led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos would examine the guidance.
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.
Scot Peterson, the Florida school deputy who drew national condemnation for failing to confront the Stoneman Douglas shooter, says his decision to not enter the building was made not out of cowardice but from his best assessment of the situation. Peterson, who has been criticized by President Trump, resigned after he was suspended.
Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran calls for a wide-ranging investigation after it was disclosed that a sheriff’s deputy on duty at the high school where 17 people were killed on Valentine’s Day didn’t enter the building during the massacre.
President Trump tweeted that Florida neighbors and classmates should have reported 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz to authorities after he first exhibited disturbing behavior. People did, over and over, but the system didn’t stop him from buying a gun.
The president made no reference to gun laws but vowed to “tackle the difficult issue of mental health.” Two cabinet members say Congress should take unspecified actions after the Florida school massacre.