Traumatized students are more anxious, depressed, and they avoid going to school, according to documents obtained by Politico following shootings in Florida and Texas last year. The phenomenon is confirmed by experts who study the aftermath of mass shootings.
Gov. John Bel Edwards created the Blue Ribbon School Safety Commission, which suggested implementing the technology. Edwards says the goal is to increase response time in the event of a shooting, fire, or other health or safety emergency.
The Say Something anonymous reporting system, created by national violence prevention program Sandy Hook Promise, works with local law enforcement agencies to allow students to send anonymous and confidential tips via email, phone or app.
Legislation signed July 31 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo limits educational authorities from authorizing anyone “not primarily employed as a school resource officer, law enforcement officer or security guard” from carrying firearms on school grounds.
Unlike schools in Connecticut and Florida, officials at the Colorado site of an earlier and most notorious school shooting decided not to demolish the building that last year attracted about 2,400 gawkers to its grounds.
Citing government immunity, the Connecticut Appellate Court ruled against two families who alleged negligence and inadequate school-safety protocols contributed to the deaths of their loved ones during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.
Last month was a turning point. Lenny Pozner, whose son was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, won a lawsuit against editors of a book that claimed no one was killed in the 2012 attack. A Connecticut judge separately imposed sanctions against Alex Jones of Infowars.
Former Broward County, Fl., Sheriff Scott Israel is campaigning for his old job after being removed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for his officers’ failure to protect Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students died last year. At the same time, parents of a student killed at the school sued the FBI.
Many news organizations quoted David Briscoe’s account of last year’s school shooting in Santa Fe, Tx., but the school district said he never was there. An Austin editor said some supposed survivors try to dupe journalists.