Posts Tagged school shootings

Active Shooter Drills

From NPR:

Last year, 57% of teens told researchers they worry about a shooting happening at their school. A slightly higher percentage of parents of teenagers, 63%, fear a shooting at their child’s school, the Pew Research Center found.

But many experts and parents are asking if the drills, some complete with simulated gunfire, are doing more harm than good.

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NY Bans Teachers From Carrying Guns


School districts in the Empire State are now forbidden under a new law from authorizing teachers or other staff to carry firearms on campus.
The move came with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature on legislation this week forwarded to his desk by the state’s Democrat-controlled legislature. The bill, S.101A, stipulates that schools can’t issue an authorization to carry a gun to any teacher, administrator or other people not primarily employed as a school resource officer, law enforcement officer or security guard.

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Lawmakers Give Teachers Choice To Be Armed

From WANE News:

The state representative from Seymour said his bill would not require teachers to take handgun training but would allow the school district to tap into state money to pay for that training.

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Texas ISD Approves Arming Teachers

From Bearing Arms:

Employees of Paradise ISD — northwest of Eagle Mountain Lake — will be allowed to carry firearms following the Monday vote, district superintendent Dr. Paul Uttle said.

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Feds May Issue Grant Money To Arm Teachers

From Washington Times:

The Education Department would not confirm the plans, first reported by The New York Times, saying only that it is “constantly considering and evaluating policy issues.”

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Americans Have Changed, Not Guns


What’s the difference between yesteryear and today? The logic of the argument for those calling for stricter gun control laws, in the wake of recent school shootings, is that something has happened to guns. Guns have behaved more poorly and become evil. Guns are the problem.

The job for those of us who are 65 or older is to relay the fact that guns were more available and less controlled in years past, when there was far less mayhem. Something else is the problem.

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Shootings: Perception vs Reality


And when it comes to things like homicides, there is no evidence that things are getting worse. It is indeed true that things aren’t like they were “when we were kids,” but that’s a good thing. There were far more homicides in the United States during the 1980s and 1990s than there are today. Things were even worse than that during the 1970s. In fact, the homicide rate in the US was cut in half between 1991 and 2014. And while the homicide rate has inched up over the past two years, it is nowhere near where it was “when we were kids.”

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We Are The First-Responders, We Are The Guardians

Two conclusions from the 9-11 Commission Report that always stand out in my mind are;

  1. From now on, the first-responders are going to be ordinary citizens.
  2. Many of the failures leading up to 9-11 were the result of a lack of imagination.

Below is an essay from a School Superintendent in rural Texas who has taken those lessons to heart. The result is something he calls the “Guardian Plan”.

From: David Thweatt, Special to CNN

Good parents protect their children. We protect them from the wind, sun, fire, cold, sickness, from animals, harmful philosophy, other children, predatory adults, injury when possible, their own faulty reasoning and anything else that we see as a dangerous risk to their health and well-being. They are the future, and they are precious.

At the Harrold Independent School District in Texas, we believe we’ve done everything possible to protect our children. We use cameras, electronic security and emergency plans, and some of our staff members are armed.


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“Shootout Drills” for Mexican Schools

“MEXICO CITY – Schools across Mexico are teaching students to dive to the floor and cover their heads as urban gunfights between drug gangs multiply in the violence-torn country.

At least nine shootouts have erupted in school zones since mid-October, three of them in the past month. On June 15, soldiers and gunmen battled for an hour just 60 feet from a preschool in the central town of Taxco.

Several Mexican states are now requiring “shootout drills” and are incorporating them into summer teacher-training courses, which begin next week. School ends Friday in most of Mexico.”

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