Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie is explaining heightened security measures and concerns about safety to parents as another school deals with anonymous violent threats ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Parkland shooting. Multiple threats toward Pioneer Middle School over the past 72 hours prompted high security on Monday from BSO deputies at the Cooper City campus. Detectives say a parent said his daughter overheard a student say he was going to shoot up the school on Valentine's Day. Another teacher reported that a group of students received threatening phone calls about violence toward the school. "Our deputies, of course, are keenly aware that leading up to the anniversary of the MSD shooting, there could be people who are seeking attention or want to harm others, so we are taking this very seriously," said Joy Oglesby of the Broward County Sheriff's Office. More Emergency Drills for South Florida Students After MSD Over the weekend, Runcie sent … [Read more...] about Heightened Security at Pioneer Middle School After Violent Threats
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Moriah Balingit and Mark Berman, The Washington Post Published 10:33 am PST, Thursday, December 13, 2018 Indiana police responding to a tip said they halted a teenager's plans to carry out a mass shooting at a middle school, exchanging gunfire with the suspect before he killed himself. Indiana State Police Sergeant John Bowling told CNN that local officers arrived at Dennis Intermediate School in Richmond, Indiana, today after a tip came in about potential violence. School officials, who had received the warning, put the middle school on lockdown before police arrived. Richmond Community Schools spokeswoman Bridget Hazelbaker said no students were hurt. The lockdown was lifted, and students were taken to nearby Richmond High where they could be reunited with their parents. The incident was notable for how it unfolded, particularly given how active-shooter situations often end and after recent criticism of Florida authorities for failing to act on tips warning of … [Read more...] about Indiana police exchange gunfire with teen suspected of having plans to shoot up middle school
IF YOU GO The Hamilton County Board of education meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 3074 Hickory Valley Road. The policy committee will meet prior to the regular session at 4:30 p.m., followed by the superintendent evaluation instrument committee. The Hamilton County school board meets Thursday for the first time since students returned to class last week. After an eventful summer and the election of two new soon-to-be board members, there's a lot on the agenda. Here are five things to watch for during the meeting: 1. School safety update There are currently only 27 school resource officers in 25 of 79 Hamilton County schools, according to Lt. Eric Merkle of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. A presentation by Kenneth Bradshaw, the district's new chief operations officer, to the board should explain why that is and what's being done about it. Earlier this year, after the deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, school safety and security once again became a … [Read more...] about Five things to look for on Thursday’s school board agenda
Perry Stein, The Washington Post Published 6:30 pm PDT, Tuesday, August 14, 2018 WASHINGTON - The staff at IDEA Public Charter High School greets each child by name every morning. They shake some students' hands, give others a quick high-five and engage in brief conversations when they can. The morning ritual is intended to create a warm learning environment. But it's not all about cordiality: It's also part of the high school's safety plan. Justin Rydstrom, the head of IDEA, said the school banished metal detectors five years ago, believing that staff members who have built a rapport with students are better equipped than any machine to detect if a teenager seems off one day. "Staff relationships and staff presence really give us our best indicators in terms of what students are coming into the doors with and how they are feeling," Rydstrom said. The February shooting that left 14 students and three staff members dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in … [Read more...] about Do metal detectors and X-ray machines belong in schools?
Police in Bismarck, North Dakota, want to put AR-15 rifles in some schools so school resource officers can respond more quickly in the event of an active shooter.Police asked for almost $26,000 in their 2019 budget request to buy the rifles, heavy body armor and bleeding control kits for the city's nine high schools and middle schools, Bismarck Police Chief Dave Draovitch told CNN.The money will also be used to buy a safe at each school to keep the equipment away from students, teachers and staff."The SROs (school resource officers) will be the only ones who have access to this equipment," he said.The cost would be split with the school system."Hopefully we never find ourselves in a situation of an active shooter. But if we do, we really want to make sure that our SRO's are equipped with the tools that they need to do their job effectively," Bismarck Public Schools safety coordinator Becky LaBella told CNN affiliate KFYR.Draovitch said Bismarck school resource officers are police … [Read more...] about A North Dakota city wants to buy AR-15 rifles for its school resource officers