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Connecticut panel will look at changes in the wake of Newtown shootings | Governor creates Sandy Hook Advisory Commission to review school safety and gun policies

Connecticut panel will look at changes in the wake of Newtown shootings | Governor creates Sandy Hook Advisory Commission to review school safety and gun policies | school safety in america | Scoop.it
Connecticut panel will look at changes in the wake of Newtown shootings
Governor creates Sandy Hook Advisory Commission to review school safety and gun policies (connecticut governor forms commission to consider responses to Sandy Hook.
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From The Danbury News-Times:Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has  announced formation of a new commission aimed at preventing tragedies such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown. The 15-member Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, which will include experts on  education, mental health, law enforcement and emergency response, will review  policies for gun control, public safety, school safety, mental health services  and violence prevention
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Can We Make Our Schools Safe? - Daily Beast

Can We Make Our Schools Safe? - Daily Beast | school safety in america | Scoop.it
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Every parent, including me, has been agonizing over how our schools can be made safer.
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No one is feeling the strain of trying to normalize life more today than teachers, who as they walk in the front door of their schools have to remember how 27-year-old Victoria Soto died on Friday in Newtown. She hid her students in cabinets and a closet and told her killer they were at the gym. He gunned her down and left to find more victims. The children are alive to tell about it.

 

Every parent, including me, has been agonizing over how our schools can be made safer. We can no longer get on an airplane without taking off our shoes and packing tiny tubes of toothpaste; should Newtown be to school safety what 9/11 was to airline travel? Is it even possible?

 

 whether gun laws are tightened or not, you would need armed guards at every school entrance in case an intruder tries to shoot his way in. You would need metal detectors in case a disgruntled student tried to smuggle in a weapon. We could make our schools safer by taking drastic measures.

 

But at what price? Would we be robbing our children of their innocence by turning their places of learning into an armed camp?

 

the armed guards need to be at the entrance; they would have to be “gun ready” for their presence to dissuade an armed intruder. “That’s what the kids would be seeing every day.” Not a pleasant thought.

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Lourdes Ramirez's curator insight, December 31, 2012 7:28 PM

I feel that there should be stricter safety rules in every school. There should be armed guards in every schools entrance for precautions, in case an intruder trys to get in with an armed weapon. If the school can provide metal detectors in case an adult or even a student tried to sneak in a weapon, it can prevent a disaster from taking place.  

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State bolsters school safety programs, NRA accuses Gov. Pat Quinn of exploiting Newtown massacre | The Rockford Record

State bolsters school safety programs, NRA accuses Gov. Pat Quinn of exploiting Newtown massacre | The Rockford Record | school safety in america | Scoop.it
Gov. Pat Quinn By Jim Hagerty The Rockford Record Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) is rallying state agencies to review existing programs to keep schools (State bolsters school safety programs, NRA accuses IL Gov.
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the National Rifle Association (NRA) chided the governor, accusing him of using the Newtown tragedy for a political power play.

 

An e-mail to NRA members from top brass called Quinn and Emanuel political opportunists and that “swooped down on Newtown like a flock of vultures, hungry to devour the Second Amendment.”

 

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) is rallying state agencies to review existing programs to keep schools safe.

 

I’ve sworn an oath to uphold our constitution, every single amendment,” said Quinn. “I believe in it–the right to bear arms. But, I also believe there is a right to public safety.”

 

“It’s time that we as a city have an assault weapons ban,” Emanuel said at a Chicago Police Department graduation ceremony. “It’s time that we as a state have an assault weapons ban, and it’s time that we as a country have an assault weapons ban. I would hope the leadership in Congress now will have a vote of conscience. It is time to have that vote.”

 

“Law-abiding gun owners have grown used to being blamed for the misdeeds of others and we’re equally used to mounting effective defenses against those who would deny us our rights.”

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Connecticut shootings prompt new school safety plan in Williamsburg

Connecticut shootings prompt new school safety plan in Williamsburg | school safety in america | Scoop.it
Williamsburg City police officers have spent a lot of time in their city school building this week.
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“We’ve always had a plan in place since Columbine. All of our officers became involved in rapid deployment active schooter training,” said Bird

 

In the coming weeks police say they expect to come up with a new safety plan and the schools chief say he’s already implementing some plans of his own

 

A lot (of the officers) have their children here. It’s not unusual to pull in here and see police,” said Byrd.

 

I have an electrician coming today and he’s going to look at a buzzer on the door going to the reception area;  we can keep that locked,” said Byrd

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Rethink our priorities on school safety - STLtoday.com

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Following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I was watching a news broadcast, listening to a commentator talk about what could prevent things like this from happening again.
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One idea presented was to put metal detectors in all schools.

 

We have millions of Americans who are out of work who would be more than happy to install them. We have the materials we would need to build them. But it seems that we have reached a point where money has become more precious than the lives and safety of every American citizen.

 

 It is unclear whether or not metal detectors would help at all, but does that mean the cost should stop us from trying? No.

To see such an idea tossed aside because of money was incredibly distressing to me as an American citizen.

 

We spend billions of dollars each week in order to protect our safety overseas. Why can’t we spend billions of dollars on an action that will possibly improve our safety here? As American citizens, we need to rethink the priorities that have been placed before us.

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O'Malley To Push Bills On Weapons, School Safety « CBS Baltimore

O'Malley To Push Bills On Weapons, School Safety « CBS Baltimore | school safety in america | Scoop.it
Gov. Martin O'Malley says his administration will introduce bills aimed at preventing catastrophic mass shootings like the one that happened last week at an elementary school in Connecticut.
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“It’s just hard to conclude that these guns should be in the hands of anyone who isn’t a soldier on a battlefield, or at a law enforcement office or sent into a tactical situation,” O’Malley said.

 

“This is a replica of a military M16 assault rifle which can basically kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible,” said Leah Barret, Ceasefire Maryland.

 

With the Connecticut massacre fresh in their minds, O’Malley expects lawmakers will be more inclined to act.

 

The governor downplayed the influence of the NRA in the coming Maryland debate.

 

The NRA is planning to announce what it calls “meaningful contributions” to prevent more violence during a news conference Friday.

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DeWine: Schools should consider arming a staff member

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Attorney General Mike DeWine said today Ohio schools should consider arming at least one staffer in their building in case of a shooting.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine said today Ohio schools should consider arming at least one staffer in their building in case of a shooting.

 

...I would seriously consider having someone in that school, who may be an ex-police officer, someone who has significant training, someone who had access to a gun in school.

 

“But you would have to be very careful about it. I’m not saying everyone in the school should be armed but someone who knows what they are doing and who has that gun under lock and key and can get to it instantly out of their office. That’s something I would at least debate and talk about.”

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School Safety: Inside One School's Extraordinary Security Measures

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While schools across America reassess their security measures in the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., one school outside of Chicago takes safety to a whole new level.
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While schools across America reassess their security measures in the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., one school outside of Chicago takes safety to a whole new level.

 

The security measures at Middleton Elementary School start the moment you set foot on campus, with a camera-equipped doorbell.

 

Once the employees let you through the first set of doors, you are only able to go as far as a vestibule. There you hand over your ID so the school can run a quick background check using a visitor management system devised by Raptor Technologies

 

if you pass the background check, you are given a new photo ID — attached to a bright orange lanyard — to wear the entire time you are inside the school. Even parents who come to the school on a daily basis still have to wear the lanyard.

“The rules apply to everyone,” Donegan said.

 

Classroom doors open inward — not outward — and lock from the inside, providing teachers and students security if an intruder is in the hallway. Some employees carry digital two-way radios, enabling them to communicate at all times with the push of a button. Administrators such as Donegan are able to watch the school’s security video on their mobile devices. Barricades line the edge of the school’s parking lot, keeping cars from pulling up close to the entrance.

Teachers say all the security makes them feel safe inside the school.

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Justcoolgear's curator insight, January 4, 2013 9:04 AM

This definately is a new level.