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TV Media Stunt Caused St. Louis High School Lockdown -- What Were They Thinking?

Stacey Newman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Stacey Newman

Last week, a St. Louis-based KSDK-TV reporter caused an hour-long lockdownat Kirkwood High School in his attempts to "test" school security. What was this TV station thinking? As a parent in our climate of incessant school shootings, I am beyond angry a local television station tricked a school purely for a ratings bump.

Silence of the Lame

Patricia McGuire | Posted 02.13.2014 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Whether a shocking massacre, or solitary assault with a rifle, the prevalence of gun violence in this nation is the best evidence we have of the genuine moral paralysis of government.

School Security: Just Smoke and Mirrors?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.24.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

In theory, parents and educators would do anything to keep students safe, whether those students are pre-Kindergartners or wrapping up a college caree...

Georgia District May Start Keeping Assault Rifles

AP | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Under a plan being discussed by a northeast Georgia school district, AR-15-type assault rifles would be stored in safes insid...

What My Kids' School Has Taken From Me

Corbyn Hightower | Posted 10.20.2013 | Parents
Corbyn Hightower

You can keep your guns, but do you have to take away our schoolyards? This morning, a shooter was reported at an elementary in Georgia. And now, there's one more strike in the column for schools being on, essentially, lock-down: sealed at every entrance.

More Security Awaits Students Returning To School

Stateline | Maggie Clark | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Teen Narrowly Escapes Kidnapping From School Hallway

Posted 03.15.2013 | San Francisco

Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man who allegedly attempted to kidnap a teenage girl at a Fair Oaks school. Police say the al...

How Not to Police a Society

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.28.2013 | Crime
Tom Engelhardt

It was, in a sense, so expectable, so leave-no-child-behind. I'm talking about the arming of American schools. Think of it as the next step in the militarization of this country, which follows all-too-logically from developments since September 11, 2001.

The School Security America Doesn't Need

Chase Madar | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Chase Madar

It seems grotesque that the horrific slaughter of those 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut, will result in more children getting traumatized, but that's exactly where we're headed -- with firm bipartisan support.

Metal Detectors Weren't Working Day Of Atlanta School Shooting

AP | Posted 04.05.2013 | Crime

ATLANTA -- School officials in Atlanta say metal detectors weren't working at a middle school when a 14-year-old student was shot and wounded there. ...

Schools' Realistic Shooting Drills 'Kind Of Scary,' Parents Say

AP | CAROLYN THOMPSON | Posted 01.31.2013 | Education

-- "I want to see my kids! Bang! Bang!" the man shouted as he stormed into the front office of a South Carolina elementary school and pointed a handg...

Here's The Drill: Inside A School Lockdown

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 03.27.2013 | San Francisco
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: BRETT MYERS/Youth Radio Twenty-one first graders pile into a bathroom during a lockdown drill. By: Robyn Gee As recently as a year ag...

Dad Banned From School Districts For 'Alarming' Facebook Post

Posted 01.25.2013 | Education

An angry father of a high school student in Washington state has been banned from two school districts after posting what police called "alarming" com...

Schools Requiring Criminal Background Checks For Visitors

Posted 01.25.2013 | Education

Visitors to schools in a suburban Chicago, Ill., district are now required to undergo a background check as part of added security measures in the wee...

Missouri Bill Would Require Parents To Report Gun Ownership To Schools

Posted 01.24.2013 | Education

A Missouri lawmaker is making waves with a bill that would require parents who own guns to notify their child's school. Democratic state Sen. Maria...

Southern California Schools Get High-Powered Rifles

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 03.25.2013 | Education

FONTANA, Calif. — The high-powered semiautomatic rifles recently shipped to school police in this Southern California city look like they belong...

Attorney Files Motion To Delay Ohio Rape Trial

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 03.24.2013 | Crime

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The lawyer for one of two high school football players charged with raping a 16-year-old girl wants to delay the trial and also...

Duncan: You Can't Teach Kids Scared Of Being Killed

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 01.17.2013 | Education

WASHINGTON -- Too many students worry more about being killed by a gun than learning in the classroom, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said on Thursda...

WATCH: Students Offer Solutions To Gun Violence, Preventing School Shootings

Posted 03.19.2013 | Education

As part of a series of far-reaching gun control proposals, President Barack Obama recommended Wednesday a federal $150 million "Comprehensive School S...

Newtown Parents Ask For Police In All Schools

AP | Posted 01.16.2013 | Education

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Some parents in Newtown, Conn., are urging local education officials to consider stationing police at all town schools as they put t...

18 States Already Allow Guns In Schools With Few Restrictions

Posted 03.17.2013 | Education

In the weeks following the Sandy Hook massacre, a number of state lawmakers' proposals to fight school gun violence by arming teachers have been met w...

Dad Poses As Gunman To Test School Security

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 01.15.2013 | Crime

A Texas dad approached a greeter at his child's elementary school last Wednesday, claimed he had a gun, and said, "You're dead." Police say 44-year...

High School Closed After Bomb Threat, Hit List Found

Posted 01.11.2013 | Education

Niwot High School in Boulder County, Colo. is closed Friday as authorities investigate a threat to blow up the school and a 30-name "hit list." A t...

Newtown Schools Chief Urges Indefinite Armed Police In District

AP | JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN | Posted 03.12.2013 | Education

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Since the elementary school massacre in her hometown, Sarah Findley has found herself driving by her children's schools in Newt...

Controversial Arpaio Program Locked And Loaded

AP | JACQUES BILLEAUD | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics

PHOENIX — The sheriff for metropolitan Phoenix has launched a plan to have as many as 500 armed volunteers patrol areas just outside schools in ...