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 […]
More than two years after Adam Lanza killed 20 students and six faculty members in Newtown, Ct., as well as killing his mother and himself, a state commission released a draft report of with the goal of preventing such killings, the New York Times reports. The recommendations include simple measures, like ensuring that all classrooms can be locked from the inside, as well as more ambitious and difficult reforms of both the mental health care system and the way the […]
An Alabama middle school principal wants to stockpile cans of food such as corn and peas in classrooms so that students could hurl them as weapons in a last-resort confrontation with a school intruder, reports the Associated Press. W.F. Burns Middle School Principal Priscella Holley asked parents to have each student bring an 8-ounce canned item. “We realize at first this may seem odd; however, it is a practice that would catch an intruder off guard,” she wrote in the […]
Two years after the school shooting in Newtown, Ct., the terms “lockdown” and “lockout” have become cemented in the education vernacular, reports the Westchester County (NY) Journal News. School administrators and police chiefs have no choice but to plan for and respond to threats made via telephone, e-mail, the Internet, social networks, or scrawled on bathroom walls. There were at least four lockdowns or lockouts in Westchester County schools in six weeks this fall. “Safety and security has always been […]