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Active shooter training for schools: Teachers shot with plastic pellets

Active shooter training for schools: Teachers shot with plastic pellets | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"Teachers at Meadowlawn Elementary in Monticello, Ind., said they were shot with plastic pellets leaving welts and bruises and drawing blood."

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Watch: Youth activists call for action on gun violence | Public Health Newswire

Watch: Youth activists call for action on gun violence | Public Health Newswire | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"Young activists are leading and revitalizing the movement to end the nation’s gun violence epidemic — one that kills more than 35,000 people and injures nearly 85,000 each year. At last year’s APHA Annual Meeting and Expo in San Diego, attendees got to hear from two such activists in person.

 

"High school students Eden Hebron, a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, and Tatiana Washington, a student in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who lost her aunt to gun violence, both spoke at the Annual Meeting’s Opening General Session. Both are members of the Team Enough Executive Council, a youth-led group organizing to end gun violence."

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States Considering Nearly 250 School Safety Bills Already in 2019

States Considering Nearly 250 School Safety Bills Already in 2019 | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"The measures range from bills that would codify emergency preparation and notification procedures to those that would govern the presence of guns in schools."

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'School Hardening' Not Making Students Safer, Say Experts

'School Hardening' Not Making Students Safer, Say Experts | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"One year after Parkland, it's time to stop talking about arming educators and fortifying schools, and focus on proven strategies that will protect students."

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School shooters usually show these signs of distress long before they open fire, our database shows

School shooters usually show these signs of distress long before they open fire, our database shows | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it
School shooters typically show warning signs long before they become killers, but educators are sometimes ill-equipped to act on what they see, two researchers who are analyzing mass shooters say.
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Safer Schools for Whom?

Safer Schools for Whom? | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it
The Trump Administration’s “safety” recommendations would make schools less safe for black students.
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Madison School Board backs contract that would keep police officers in high schools

Madison School Board backs contract that would keep police officers in high schools | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"The Madison School Board on Monday backed a proposed contract that would keep police officers at Madison's four main high schools.

 

"Board members voted 4-2 in favor of the proposed contract, which would emphasize alternative disciplines instead of arresting or citing students, lay the groundwork for a new complaint procedure against the officers and require more training in areas such as autism, adolescent brain development and implicit bias."

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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

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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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'Teachers should be teaching, not acting as armed security guards.'

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U.S. school safety efforts favoring cops over counselors

U.S. school safety efforts favoring cops over counselors | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"About 14 million students attend a school without a single counselor, nurse, psychologist or social worker, according to a new report.

 

“There’s a dangerous trend in prioritizing law enforcement as a response to school safety when no evidence suggests that’s going to improve things,” said Amir Whitaker, staff attorney with the ACLU of Southern California and co-author of the report released Monday.  

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Advocates Push For 'Red Flag' Gun Law In Wisconsin

Advocates Push For 'Red Flag' Gun Law In Wisconsin | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"Advocates converged Tuesday on the Capitol to push for a so-called 'red flag law' in Wisconsin, a measure that would allow law enforcement to take weapons away from individuals identified by close family members as potential threats to themselves or others."

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Proposal would govern use of metal detectors at Madison schools

Proposal would govern use of metal detectors at Madison schools | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it
A Madison School Board policy change would provide explicit guidelines on how to conduct random and "as-needed" metal detector screenings.
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Opinion: Active-Shooter Drills Are Misguided

Opinion: Active-Shooter Drills Are Misguided | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"There’s scant evidence that they’re effective. They can, however, be psychologically damaging—and they reflect a dismaying view of childhood."

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'It's Preventable': Sandy Hook Parents Promote App For Reporting School Threats

'It's Preventable': Sandy Hook Parents Promote App For Reporting School Threats | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit anti-gun violence group formed after the attack, is training students around the nation to spot warning signs in other would–be shooters, and to anonymously report concerns through a mobile app. The Say Something Anonymous Reporting System soft launched earlier this year, and is now rolling out in earnest; SHP says the total number of school districts using it will jump from about 150 to more than 600 next month."

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A Growing Response to School Shootings: Panic Buttons - on Phones

A Growing Response to School Shootings: Panic Buttons - on Phones | School Safety and Common Sense Gun Laws | Scoop.it

"Panic Buttons are phone apps that can instantly send out 911-style alerts during a shooting and hopefully reduce the number of injuries and fatalities."

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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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