Safety Law News for May 22, 2015

Safety Law News for May 14, 2015

  • In Arkansas, the Governor has sign into law HB 1583, legislation that extends the jurisdiction of a school resource officer. Now the SRO will have statewide jurisdiction when accompanying students on a school sanctioned event that takes place outside the county in which the school is located.
  • In Idaho, HB 246 has passed that is designed to curb bullying and cyberbullying in Idaho schools. Data showed that one in 10 students have either switched schools or dropped out due to bullying. Under the law, schools are required to train teachers to deal with bullying and require them to intervene when they see it happen. School districts will have to make a yearly report on bullying incidents.
  • In Massachusetts, the Plymouth School Board formally paid tribute to police and firefighters in ensuring safety with plaques recognizing the professional and collegial relationship fostered between the departments in recent years.
  • In North Carolina, the Center for Safer Schools released its 2015 North Carolina School Resource Officer Report. The Report compiles data on the growth of the school resource officer program in the state and contains a survey of the responses of SROs on the scope of their work in maintaining safe campuses.

Safety Law News for May 5, 2015

  • In Phoenix Arizona, the Cactus View Elementary School “The Bully Patrol Squad” is celebrating its third successful year in the fight against bullying. The program uses students to raise awareness and patrol the campus.

Safety Law News for April 28, 2015

  • After School App” is a messaging platform for students where they can post anything school or non-school related, within their high school’s closed network. The posts show up on the app anonymously. Every post is reviewed by a human before being seen by the community. If the post indicates concerning behavior, a message will be sent offering help to the student.
  • In Texas, legislators passed a law to help root out bullying and cyberbullying in schools. But educators and experts on the law say that social media is magnifying the problem.

Safety Law News for April 14, 2015

  • In Illinois the East Aurora School Board unanimously approved hiring additional staff members for school safety. Teachers reported that they were feeling powerless when asking students to move along and get to class and they’re met with disrespect and vulgar obscenities.
  • In Alabama, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the county school district have teamed up to establish the ‘Safe 2 Tell’ tip line on which anyone can report incidents in the schools. The tip line will be monitored by sheriff’s deputies; they will forward information to the school resource officer at the school.

Safety Law News for April 6, 2015

  • In California, the effectiveness of school resource officers is being praised by the Manteca Unified Superintendent.  While the primary objective is to keep campuses and students safe, the SROs also assist with truancy concerns, make home visits, and mentor students at school.