Since the Parkland FL school shooting, nearly 800 threats have been recorded against schools around the US. The spike in threats has underlined a growing debate about whether designated officers–some of whom may be armed–can improve school safety.
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.”
Are incidents like the Florida school shootings on the rise? Not likely, according to two researchers who say the outrage, anxiety and fear generated by so-called “active shooter” events ignores data showing that the rate at which they occur hasn’t changed in decades.
California was the first state allowing judges to take guns away from people whose family members or guardians said exhibit warning signs of violence. No such measure was available in Florida, where school shooter Nikolas Cruz showed many indications he could pose danger.
On March 14, one month after the Florida shooting, students and teachers across the US have been asked to walk out of schools for 17 minutes, to honor the 17 lives lost in Florida. More than 22,000 people have signed a petition, pledging to walkout of their classrooms that day at 10 a.m. Organizers called for a “movement that lets the government know the time for change is now.”
Tucked away in Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget last week was a note that the White House was calling for a $54.8 million cut in school safety research. There was no explanation for the cut. When The Crime Report asked DOJ for an explanation, it said it was awaiting results of the earlier research.
Once again, the world has witnessed a mass shooting. Predictably, people across the nation feel the need to do something when such things happen. Soon after the tragedy in San Bernardino, armchair experts were having policy debates on gun control, immigration and mental health, even before all the facts of the incident were fully known. But these debates divert our attention from immediate strategies that can and should be enacted now. As a police officer with 35 years of experience, […]
The violent arrest of a South Carolina high school student in class last month has brought new scrutiny to school resource officers, whose numbers have increased alongside concerns about school safety and mass shootings, reports the Washington Post. There are more than 43,000 school resource officers and other sworn police officers, and another 39,000 security guards working in the nation's 84,000 public schools, says the National Center for Education Statistics. They have been hired, often with federal dollars, in a […]
The shootings that left 10 dead at an Oregon college last week are focusing attention on security measures on campuses and whether firearms should be allowed there for protection, says the Wall Street Journal. Federal officials said six guns had been recovered from Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Or., along with a steel-enhanced flak jacket and five magazines of ammunition. Seven more guns were found at the gunman's nearby apartment. Colleges have implemented measures to identify potentially violent students and […]