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Gun deaths in US reach highest level in nearly 40 years, CDC data reveal

Gun deaths in US reach highest level in nearly 40 years, CDC data reveal | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"Nearly 40,000 people in the United States died by guns last year, marking the highest number of gun deaths in decades, according to a new analysis."

 

"In 2017, nearly 109 people died every single day from gun violence. Gun violence is a public health epidemic that requires a public health solution, which is why we must immediately enact and implement evidence-based interventions — like permit-to-purchase policies and extreme risk laws," Adelyn Allchin, the director of public health research for the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, said in a written statement released last week.

 

"Gun violence has been part of our day-to-day lives for far too long. It is way past time that elected leaders at every level of government work together to make gun violence rare and abnormal."

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2018 is worst year on record for gun violence in schools, data shows

2018 is worst year on record for gun violence in schools, data shows | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

“This is beyond unacceptable,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise. “It is inexcusable. Everyone has the power to stop violence before it starts, and we want to arm as many people as possible with the knowledge of how to keep their schools and communities safe.”

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Here’s What Lockdown Drills Are Like for Schoolchildren

Here’s What Lockdown Drills Are Like for Schoolchildren | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

Evie (Kindergarten): "We curled up in the place in the back of the room. It was squished. Everyone was squished. We had to be squished because then if it happens for real, nothing will happen then."

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Can scanning social media help prevent a shooting? Some schools think so

Can scanning social media help prevent a shooting? Some schools think so | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"Social Sentinel is a social media threat alert service that scans public social media posts for 'threat indicators.' "

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Battleground America

Battleground America | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

From the New Yorker: "There are nearly three hundred million privately owned firearms in the United States: a hundred and six million handguns, a hundred and five million rifles, and eighty-three million shotguns. That works out to about one gun for every American. ... The United States is the country with the highest rate of civilian gun ownership in the world. (The second highest is Yemen, where the rate is nevertheless only half that of the U.S.) No civilian population is more powerfully armed."

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Why a N.C. High School Didn't Shut Down After Fatal Shooting

Why a N.C. High School Didn't Shut Down After Fatal Shooting | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"Tracy O. Russ, the chief communications officer for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, told TIME that the decision to keep the school open was made to provide students with a safe place to stay until their families could come get them."

 

“Our goal was to ensure that students could remain on campus and safe until such time that transportation arrangements could be made by families,” Russ said in an email.

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Parkland student activists to receive American Ingenuity Award from Smithsonian

Parkland student activists to receive American Ingenuity Award from Smithsonian | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"Survivors of the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting who founded March For Our Lives will receive an American Ingenuity Award from Smithsonian magazine."

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6 takeaways from the redesign of Sandy Hook Elementary

6 takeaways from the redesign of Sandy Hook Elementary | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it
As schools continue to undergo redesigns and renovations, the Newtown, Connecticut, structure can teach educators about creating safer environments for students and staff.
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Building design is a critical component in preventing school shootings

Building design is a critical component in preventing school shootings | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"What's happened is this kind of dichotomy where school safety and a welcoming design are juxtaposed, and oftentimes school safety is termed as hardening. I like to take the two terms and show people that they’re actually one and the same," architectural designer Jenine Kotob, who helped design multiple school building projects in Washington, D.C., said in an interview. “School safety does not inherently have to be ugly or hard — oftentimes, enhancing safety can assist in beautifying a school."

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As mass shootings in America continue, we asked 12 mass killers: 'What would have stopped you?'

As mass shootings in America continue, we asked 12 mass killers: 'What would have stopped you?' | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"Guns are the elephant in the room. There needs to be a federal law that makes locking up weapons mandatory. If there had been such a law, Paul Devoe may never have been able to access his friend’s gun in Marble Falls eleven years ago. And perhaps Chad Escobedo would never have taken his stepfather’s Winchester rifle to his Oregon school that morning in 2007. None of this will stop all gun violence in the US, but it will reduce it – possibly to a fraction of what it is at the moment. Right now, it’s an epidemic."

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California Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill banning gun sales to people under 21, citing Parkland

California Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill banning gun sales to people under 21, citing Parkland | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"Democratic Sen. Anthony Portantino pointed to the shooting at a Florida high school earlier this year that killed 17 people as the reason for his bill banning gun sales and transfers to people under 21."

 

"I was determined to help California respond appropriately to the tragic events our country has recently faced on high school campuses," Portantino said in a statement. "I feel it is imperative that California leads when Washington refuses to act."

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Madison committee recommends keeping police officers in schools

Madison committee recommends keeping police officers in schools | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"We heard very loudly and clearly and thoughtfully from strong community advocates that claimed that the presence of officers in school impacted their children. All of them made it very clear they were all students of color," said the committee's chairman, Dean Loumos.

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How To Talk To Kids About School Safety

How To Talk To Kids About School Safety | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it
These issues can be scary for children. Here's some advice to guide parents' conversations.
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Florida school massacre panel recommends arming teachers

Florida school massacre panel recommends arming teachers | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"The state teachers union and PTA have previously expressed opposition, saying teachers are hired to educate, not be police officers."

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Milwaukee girl cut down by gunfire in her home had written about 'senseless gun violence' in her community

Milwaukee girl cut down by gunfire in her home had written about 'senseless gun violence' in her community | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"Two years before her death, by bullets that shattered her bedroom window Monday night, 13-year-old Sandra Parks wrote about the violence that plagues many Milwaukee neighborhoods."

 

"We are in a state of chaos," Sandra wrote as a sixth-grader in an award-winning essay commemorating the life of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

"In the city in which I live, I hear and see examples of chaos almost every day. Little children are victims of senseless gun violence," she wrote. "Many people have lost faith in America and its ability to be a living example of Dr. King's dream!"

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Union files suit over policy arming teachers at school

Union files suit over policy arming teachers at school | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"A Pennsylvania teachers union has filed suit seeking to overturn a new policy that allows teachers and other employees to carry firearms in school.

 

"The Tamaqua Area School District was the first in the state to enact a policy arming teachers, saying it was intended to 'preserve a safe school environment for students and staff.' The policy, approved in September, says teachers and other employees can carry district-issued guns after firearms training. It also establishes guidelines for the use of force.

 

"The lawsuit, filed in Schuylkill County Court, contends the policy violates the Pennsylvania School Code. The union said that any guns in school should be carried by school police officers, not teachers and staff."

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Paul Fanlund: Just maybe, the tide is turning on guns | Paul Fanlund

Paul Fanlund: Just maybe, the tide is turning on guns | Paul Fanlund | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it
It’s at a terrible cost, but signs of support for limits are there.
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Student delegates tackle gun violence at summit

Student delegates tackle gun violence at summit | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"The event was sponsored by a handful of groups, including the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, and both the Brady and Giffords campaigns working with student advocates from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a mass school shooting took place Feb. 14. Presenters included a teacher from Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a mass shooting took place in 2012. At an open mic during lunch, a student from Parkland shared her Truth Poem."

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Two Madison schools held an active shooter drill and students and staff didn’t know it was a drill

Two Madison schools held an active shooter drill and students and staff didn’t know it was a drill | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"These unannounced drills stand in contrast to guidelines that say participants should be notified of a drill before it begins."

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AFT, advocacy groups sue Ed Dept for records on decision to arm teachers using federal funds

AFT, advocacy groups sue Ed Dept for records on decision to arm teachers using federal funds | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it
The organizations say the department hasn't released the information in a timely manner, violating the law.
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Madison School District, police partner to expand restorative intervention in high schools

Madison School District, police partner to expand restorative intervention in high schools | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"The partnership comes after the Madison Police Department received a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to curb school violence."

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A year after the Las Vegas shooting, Congress still hasn’t banned bump stocks

A year after the Las Vegas shooting, Congress still hasn’t banned bump stocks | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"States have stepped up, but the federal government has yet to act."

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Generation Parkland moves on but vows to keep fighting: ‘Our voices do matter’

Generation Parkland moves on but vows to keep fighting: ‘Our voices do matter’ | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"Despite their rarity, school shootings occupy an outsize role in the psyche of students, who have been accustomed to lockdown drills and safety videos, showing them how to evade gunfire on campus. Some students have begun routinely scanning for escape routes when they enter a room."

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Some school security measures make kids feel less safe

"Schools that install a lot of indoor cameras may not be improving security while in fact making children feel less safe, a U.S. study suggests."

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Clash over using federal funds to arm teachers dominates Senate committee hearing

Clash over using federal funds to arm teachers dominates Senate committee hearing | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"A debate over using federal grants to arm teachers dominated Tuesday’s Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing, Education Week reports. In particular, Democrats — as well as gun control advocates who came to protest — vocally opposed the idea, which Education Secretary Betsy DeVos reportedly considered. Critics say using funds under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to arm teachers wastes money and wouldn’t make schools safer. The committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said it was 'reckless and irresponsible' and 'would contradict the equity mandates in ESSA,' while Committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) defended DeVos, saying ESSA lets states and districts choose how to use the money."

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