School Safety Law News for 4/24/12

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 on the social news website Reddit: “The cyber bullying has gotten to the point where the school will not take any action unless I kill myself.” Reddit users responded with a flood of emails to the school, which quickly addressed her situation.
  • The Tennessee legislature has a “good” chance of passing a dress code law for public schools. It would prohibit young men from sagging their pants and, at educators’ discretion, could require female athletes to wear shirts.

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 Massachusetts school, where one student said she was groped in a hallway and others are talking about a breakdown in security. The principal is expanding disciplinary structures.



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 the phones are configured so that they cannot neither make calls nor send text messages.
  • Minnesota educators and police increasingly deal with fake Facebook identities. They say that the law, and law enforcement training, both need to catch up with the kids.
  • In Pennsylvania, a school barred a sixth grade girl from orchestra practice and withdrew her from the math team. The school requires random drug testing of all students in extracurricular activities; her parents refused permission. Such searches are federally constitutional, but are not allowed under the state constitution.
  • Students keep brawling at a middle school in St. Petersburg, Florida, where educators explain how they will try to improve the school climate.

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 herself and other students, as she faced a likely breakup with her boyfriend.
  • Law enforcement agencies, not educators, were behind the decision to place a 22-year-old undercover police officer in a California high school. Eight months later, the undercover officer’s drug probes led to student arrests.
  • A bullied Maryland student found her school’s response so lacking that she went online, writing that “[t]he cyber bullying has gotten to the point where the school will not take any action unless I kill myself.” Within twelve hours, the principal was inundated with emails from across the nation and had addressed the issue.

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 a noose during a fire and rescue class, their Maryland school district suspended at least several offenders and is increasing its diversity training efforts. The district, whose initial response was criticized, says it is seeking county-wide reform.
  • Arizona educators are asking parents to take more responsibility for student safety, away from campus and after school hours, particularly a private lot known as “Happy Hill” is increasingly the site of adolescent fights.