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These Devices Could Prevent Fatalities in Mass Shootings

Rawan AbuShaban | Posted 02.01.2016 | Technology
Rawan AbuShaban

(Source: Wikimedia.) The ill-fated shooting at Sandy Hook shook the nation in 2012, in which 20 children and six adults lost their lives in a mass ...

Let's Not Shelter in Place Anymore

Susan B. Katz | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Susan B. Katz

Students everywhere across this country -- even in the wealthiest of communities -- have regular shelter in place drills to prepare for a potential gunman on campus or as a result of bomb threats. What is our country coming to?

How to Speak with Children About Violence

Byron Garrett | Posted 12.23.2015 | Education
Byron Garrett

I know these are all good hypothetical solutions to what can only be described as a national plague of violence but as I said in Omaha, we need to work together as communities to provide our neighbors, friends and families with the tools and space to talk about problems and solve them. Any other solution is just putting a band-aid on a hemorrhage.

If Girls of Color Are Not Safe in School, Where Can They Be?

Nakisha M. Lewis | Posted 10.30.2015 | Women
Nakisha M. Lewis

If the institutions and adults entrusted with protecting young people continue to enable the school-to-prison pipeline through their bias and subsequent actions, where is it that girls of color can feel safe?

Harvard Making Education a Priority for Everyone

Sue Scheff | Posted 09.22.2015 | Parents
Sue Scheff

It's no big secret that parents, educators and esteemed academics agree that a first-rate education needs to be a priority for everyone today. It can't be reserved just for the chosen ones; those who live in a better zip code or who are born into the "right" ethnic group.

This is What a School Lock Down Feels Like

Jennifer Wolfe | Posted 07.07.2015 | Education
Jennifer Wolfe

Sadly, this wasn't the first lock down I've experienced in 25 years of teaching, but this one felt different. It was no drill, that was for sure. The principal's voice over the intercom was clear and firm, but I knew something was terribly wrong.

Why Aren't Schools Safe?

Jessica Denis | Posted 06.25.2015 | Parents
Jessica Denis

No one wants to believe their child is bully, but guess what, yours might be. What are you using at home for conflict resolution when your child acts out?

In The Years Since Sandy Hook, Schools Have Ramped Up Their Security

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. public schools beefed up security measures with safety drills and parent notification systems in the years surrounding the mas...

Right to a Safe, Quality Education in Nigeria

Ed Gragert | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Ed Gragert

It is painful to hear of the horrors that Nigerian school children and their families face daily in simply having access to a quality education -- much less one that is enhanced through technology and global connections.

Are You Prepared for Alabama's School Safety Plan?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 03.17.2015 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

It wasn't that long ago that we brought you the shocker story from Alabama that school officials there put a 5-year-old girl on suicide and homicide watch after she pointed her crayon at another student and made a small gun noise. Alabama schools want you to be sure that your kids are safe!

Middle School Principal: Let Students Hurl Canned Food To 'Stun' Intruders

AP | Posted 01.13.2015 | Weird News

VALLEY, Ala. (AP) — A middle school principal in eastern Alabama wants to stockpile cans of food such as corn and peas in classrooms so that student...

Setting the Stage for a National Dialogue On School Shooting Prevention

Jonathan J. Doll, PhD | Posted 11.29.2014 | Education
Jonathan J. Doll, PhD

The need for a cohesive, consistent national dialogue on school shooting prevention is, at times, palpable. Now that the school season has begun, this disturbing topic in America's schools is seldom far from discussions on school safety.

School District Fires Blanks From Guns So Students Know What Gunfire Sounds Like

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.24.2014 | Parents

Blanks were fired from guns at an Ohio district’s schools this week, as part of a safety exercise to let students know what gunshots sound like. ...

How To Prevent School Shootings

Jonathan J. Doll, PhD | Posted 03.17.2015 | Education
Jonathan J. Doll, PhD

A robust nationwide school shooting prevention plan that is the daily experience in all of our nation's 99,000 schools needs to become a reality.

Parents, Make Sure Your Children Are Safe As They Go Back to School

Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D. | Posted 11.05.2014 | Parents
Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D.

You can't take for granted that all schools have adequate policies in place. Ask about them, ask for copies of them and go over them, when appropriate, with your child.

Mom Of Sandy Hook Students Explains What It Was Like To Send Her Kids Back To School

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents

Mom Sarah Walker Caron, whose son and daughter attend Sandy Hook Elementary School, sent her children back to school just three and a half weeks after...

Put 'Safety' on Your Back-to-School List

Deborah Hersman | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Deborah Hersman

Starting a new school year is a fun and exciting time for children and parents alike. By following these tips, you can help ensure that your child has their best - and safest - year yet.

Joy Resmovits

Schools Were Getting Much Safer Until 2010, Government Report Finds | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

American public and private schools are generally much safer than they were 10 years ago, but school crime began a slight climb in 2010, according to ...

More Kids Getting To School With New Kind Of Bus

AP | JENNIFER McDERMOTT | Posted 05.26.2014 | Parents

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As a group of children walked home together from school in Providence, they held hands and played the "I Spy" guessing game....

Reducing Gun Violence Isn't a Lost Cause

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Evans

I've seen real people have reasonable conversations about guns in America. I've even seen people who support gun ownership agree with those who don't,...

The New Cold War - Florida Style

Gary Stein | Posted 07.05.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

Right now it seems that the attitudes, fear and paranoia of the Cold War are back -- in Florida. This time, however, the weapon in question is not the atom bomb but the more personal conflict over handguns.

Despite What We Hear, Schools Today Are Safe

Dr. Kate Roberts | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Dr. Kate Roberts

As a school psychologist, it is my job it is to be on top of every troubling incident that occurs in the schools today. It's true that it appears there have been many incidences of violence in schools resulting in tragedy these past several months.

Schools and Disasters: Prepare First, Then Remediate Fully

Claire L. Barnett | Posted 06.03.2014 | Green
Claire L. Barnett

Children's health should be a priority in planning for and responding to disasters, including planned time to assess and remediate hazards. But until federal, state, and city health agencies finally stand up for kids, it's up to parents, communities, and individual schools to be prepared before disasters, and to be ready to cope afterward.

Cyber-Bullying: Taking on the Tormentors

Risa Ferman | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Risa Ferman

Whereas years ago kids could at least retreat to their homes for escape, there is no escape for kids today. Relentless tormenting through multiple technology platforms makes it virtually impossible for kids who are victims to find a safe sanctuary or a few hours of peace away from the reach of their bullies.

Mom Reportedly Arrested After Failing To Sign In At School's Front Desk

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.21.2014 | Parents

A Missouri mom was reportedly arrested after forgetting to sign in at her son's school. Niakea Williams said she was rushing to console her young s...