Police in Los Angeles arrested a 13-year-old boy who allegedly threatened to shoot students at his middle school and seized an assault-style rifle with a high-capacity magazine during a search of his house. Other teens have been arrested since a California school shooting Nov. 14.
A Secret Service examination of gun and knife attacks in schools from 2008 to 2017 found that most schools had security measures in place, but that those alone could not stop the violence. Nearly all attackers had signaled their intent in advance without triggering reports to authorities.
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.