Safety Law News for August 28, 2015

  • The Gallup’s Work and Education poll reports that 29% of U.S. parents say they fear for their child’s safety at school. This is down from the 33% found immediately after the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012, but still above the 25% measured a few months before that incident occurred.

Safety Law News for August 25, 2015

  • In Pennsylvania, teachers and administrators in the Pittsburgh schools are implementing the ALICE program. ALICE stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate.
  • In Georgia, school officials in Fannin County are opposed to arming teachers and administrators despite a new state law that allows educators to carry firearms. The Georgia School Board Association says no one appears to be in favor of the policy.

Safety Law News for August 21, 2015

  • In Georgia, the officials in the Gainesville school district have upgraded the campus surveillance system to allow all school resource officers and principals to access the camera feed remotely – on their phones and tablets.
  • In Nevada, law enforcement and school officials in Elko County announced details of the success of the new school resource officer program in its first six months of operation.
  • In New York, the school resource officers in the New York City public schools have received training and will be equipped with Narcan. Narcan is a life-saving drug that revives those who have overdosed on opioids and opiates.

School Safety Law News for August 17, 2015

  • In Ohio, officials in the Reynoldsburg City Schools report that stolen cell phones are one of the biggest crime problems students experience on campus.
  • In Lawrence County, Alabama, the school board unanimously voted to hire back its school resource officers despite budget limits. The single biggest reason for the decision was the fact that the campuses are 10 or 15 minutes from sheriff’s department assistance.
  • In Tennessee, Wilson County school officials are contracting with Texas-based Anderson Software to implement a new anonymous tip program that will allow students to download a mobile app and send tips on their phones to designated educators.

Safety Law News for August 10, 2015

  • In Tennessee, the Court of Criminal Appeals has reversed the conviction of a parent who told school officials, “I’m going to come back in here with an AK–47 … I’m going to kill everybody in here and then kill myself.” The court ruled that under the circumstances no rational trier of fact could conclude that the parent made his statements knowing that they would cause school personnel to fear imminent serious bodily injury. [State v. Watts]

Safety Law News for August 4, 2015

  •  In Minnesota, the Court of Appeals has reversed the expulsion of a student disciplined after a knife was found in her purse during a search of her locker. The court ruled that the expulsion violated the Pupil Fair Dismissal Act. [In re A.D.]
  • In Iowa, the Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of a student for possession of a firearm and carrying weapons on school grounds. The court ruled that the administrator’s search of the school-issued athletic equipment bag was reasonable and did not violate the Fourth Amendment. [State v. Lindsey].