Author: Bernie James

School Safety Law News for 4/24/12

 After a high school student was arrested for an online threat, parents want to know if the student is back in school. The board of education chair, citing privacy law concerns, referred the question to the district attorney. In a…

School Safety Law News for 4/23/12

One year after New Jersey passed its tougher anti-bullying law, educators discuss why the law is challenging to carry out, in addition to describing the benefits they see. TIME reports on the Maryland student who posted a plea for help…

School Safety Law News for 4/20/12

 Educators can suspend students for making a “wish” to blow up the school, according to the federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The suspended student was a ten-year-old completing a science assignment in crayon. Students want more discipline at a…

School Safety Law News for 4/19/12

 Every fifth grade student gets a Droid Incredible phone. That is the new policy in Katy, Texas, where educators are counting on a simple approach to control student cell phone use: the phones can access the campus WiFi network, but…

School Safety Law News for 4/18/12

California police and educators “don’t care to tolerate any kind of weapons on campus,” whether real or fake, and are reinforcing this message after a seventh grade girl brought a BB gun to school. She discussed using it to hurt…

School Safety Law News for 4/17/12

When a student received a text message saying that another student was heading toward campus with a gun, the recipient notified an SRO, who promptly put the campus into an unusual Code Red lock down. After students taunted black classmates with…

School Safety Law News for 4/16/12

 A Maryland high school principal is trying to balance student protests—which call for smaller class sizes, higher teacher wages, increased student involvement in education policymaking, and more—with the need to provide campus safety. Cyberbullying is now illegal in Erie County,…

School Safety Law News for 4/13/12

One student’s comment about a classmate — “he’d be the type to bring a gun to school” — morphed via social media into rumors of an actual threat. A police investigation cleared the suspect, but both students and parents are…

School Safety Law News for 4/12/12

Washington state high schools are using security cameras to monitor students throughout their campuses, thanks to local taxes and a matching federal grant. Racist tweets lead to a police investigation and school reprimands for three football players. Students who created…

School Safety Law News for 4/11/12

 Ten days after a student submitted a threatening essay, which detailed how he would conduct a school shooting, the student posted his essay on Facebook. Parents are upset that the school only notified them after the essay went online. Visitors…