The Broward County, Fl., Sheriff’s Office displayed deficiencies in training, command and individual performance in the response to the Parkland school shooting, says a draft report released Wednesday by the state commission investigating the massacre. The panel called for an overhaul of school security measures.
The contents of 1,000 pages of documents on the young man who killed 26 at a Connecticut school six years ago could be “part of a prevention formula for future mass shootings,” says the Hartford Courant.
After 17 people were murdered in a Parkland, Fl., high school, school officials hired consultants and public relations advisers as part of a persistent effort to keep people from finding out what went wrong, says the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
A Washington Post report on the growing industry meant to protect against school shootings includes results of a survey of schools where shootings occurred. The findings: hardly any believe any safety technology would have made a difference.
The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that documents and journals belonging to Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza will be released to the public. It was a victory for the Hartford Courant in a five-year battle to obtain the information.
About one-third of today’s parents fear for their child’s safety in school, finds a Phi Delta Kappa poll. That’s the highest proportion since 1998 and a steep increase from 2013, when the number was only 12 percent. Schools are using more devices like security cameras, metal detectors and bullet-resistant doors.
A suspected child abductor found with 11 children and four other adults at a squalid New Mexico compound had trained at least one of the minors to use an assault rifle in preparation for a school shooting, prosecutors said.
The commission on school safety held a “listening session” in Cheyenne, Wyo., where attendees were cool to the idea of arming teachers. It’s like “asking your plumber to cut your hair,” said one school principal.
A committee of senators recommended more funding to train and arm school personnel and “harden” school buildings but shied away from endorsement of “red flag” protective orders that advocates say could help prevent future shootings.