The deadly attack at Columbine High School in 1999 seemed to usher in a new era of school shootings.
Two decades later, polls consistently capture growing fears among American parents that...
Crime commission panel makes school safety recommendations
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state criminal justice panel is urging more police officer training, building vulnerability assessments and school violence data to help make North Carolina's K-12 schools safer.
Sheriff: 6 middle school students in school violence threat
LAUREL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina have accused six children ages 12 and 13 of discussing a 'Columbine-style attack' on their middle school on social media.
Kentucky lawmakers unveil school-safety measure
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A statewide school-safety measure touted as the Kentucky legislature's top priority this year was unveiled on Wednesday, nearly a year after two students were killed in a shooting at a rural high school in the state.
Colorado’s Safe2Tell program sees surge of suicide reports
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's program for parents, students and teachers to report potential school threats or violence has seen a substantial increase in reports related to suicide, surpassing bullying as the leading reason students contact the program.
Connecticut teaming up with group to combat school violence
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state of Connecticut is partnering with the nonprofit group Sandy Hook Promise to help train students, educators and school administrators on how to protect against school violence.
Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and Sandy Hook Promise are expected to train more than 116,000 students across Connecticut on how to identify, assess, intervene and get help for those showing at-risk behaviors.
Indiana getting $1M grant to help prevent school violence
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana is getting $1 million from the federal government to help prevent school violence.
The Justice Department grant to the Indiana State Department of Health is aimed at training school officials and educating students to prevent student violence and developing an anonymous reporting system for school threats that might include cellphone apps and hotlines.
School police report 2 student arrests as semester begins
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials made two arrests of students on allegations of threats against Henderson high schools as a new school year began in the Las Vegas area.
Clark County school police Capt. Ken Young tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that a 16-year-old male student was arrested Monday after he was found with a loaded handgun at Green Valley High School.
Louisiana State Police apply for school safety grants
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana State Police have applied for two federal grants meant to increase school security to prevent shootings.
13-year-old facing charges over planned school violence
CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — A 13-year-old Virginia boy is facing criminal charges after police say he made plans to shoot people he deemed as "deserving" at his middle school.
The Culpeper County Sheriff's Office says the boy was arrested Friday and is being prosecuted in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. His name was not released.
Student who supports gun rights sues school over protest
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois high school student and her father are suing a school district and several administrators alleging her civil rights were violated when she showed support for gun rights during an anti-school violence walkout.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal school safety commission set up after the deadly shooting at a Florida high school will not examine the role of guns in school violence, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday.
DeVos' testimony to a Senate subcommittee came amid criticism by Democrats and some educators that the panel, set up by President Donald Trump in March, was focused more on distracting public attention rather than truly addressing gun violence.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After delaying its airing in the aftermath of February's Florida high school shooting, Paramount Network is permanently scrapping "Heathers."
Representatives from parent company Viacom confirmed Saturday that the TV reboot of the 1988 movie black comedy about high-school murder and suicide will not air on Paramount or any other Viacom properties.
HANOVER, Md. (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos bumped fists with first-graders and listened as they shared stories about friendship during a field trip Thursday by a presidential commission seeking ways to stem a steady stream of school violence.
DeVos toured Hebron Harman Elementary School in Hanover, Maryland, which specializes in positive behavior reinforcement, an approach focused on mentoring and counseling as opposed to punitive discipline.
The National Rifle Association's incoming president has linked school shootings and other violence to using medications such as Ritalin.
Retired Lt. Col. Oliver North told "Fox News Sunday" that perpetrators of school violence "have been drugged in many cases" and "many of these young boys have been on Ritalin since they were in kindergarten." He also blamed a "culture where violence is commonplace," pointing to TV and movies.
Brad Schimel urges every Wisconsin school to seek security funding
The front entrance to St. Dennis School on Madison’s East Side has a small sign that directs visitors to register at the school office, and not much else.
Some of the entryway’s glass is shatterproof, there are security cameras in the front hallway, but nobody’s guarding the door.
Administrators at the Catholic school of 270 elementary and middle school students hope that will change this year through $100 million in school safety grants lawmakers approved earlier this year.
BENTON, Ky. (AP) — Jeff Dysinger's daughter survived two bullets from a classmate at her Kentucky high school this year, but he hasn't joined in the national outcry over guns that escalated after 17 people died in a Florida school shooting three weeks later.
- Houston ChronicleTeen violence topic of meeting between Houston mayor and high school studentsDecember 6, 2018
- The Brownsville HeraldCameron County, Brownsville ISD partnership wins $500K grant for school safetyNovember 24, 2018
- The News-TimesGrant to pay for Connecticut and Sandy Hook Promise work on violence preventionOctober 4, 2018
- Today's News-HeraldPresentation on school violence, bullying prevention set for MondayAugust 23, 2018
La PORTE — More than 25 students walked out of class and off campus Friday to call attention to school violence, marching about a mile from La Porte High School to the La Porte County Courthouse.
Carrying signs and holding up two fingers in gestures of peace, the students walked out about 10:15 a.m. and spent the rest of the day on a sidewalk in front of the courthouse.
Virginia student rally against gun violence draws 300
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia students had expected 10,000 people to march to the State Capitol Friday as part of a nationwide protest against school violence. The event ended up drawing only about 300, but students said they weren't discouraged.
The National School Walkout on Friday — held on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre — was organized after the February shooting in Parkland, Florida, left 17 students and faculty members dead.
Royal Oak High student Elliot Widd will join hundreds of other students walking out of school Friday — the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre — and the 16-year-old believes the...
Psychologists: Early help could deter school violence
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Hiring more psychologists and guidance counselors would help school officials identify students with mental health challenges sooner and deter serious violence, professionals in those fields told legislators Monday.
Leaders of state associations representing these professionals spoke to House members who are seeking ideas about how to make schools and students safer after the Feb. 14 shooting that left 17 dead at a Florida high school.
Student-led protests, marches and demands for an end to school violence have erupted across the United States.
The Feb. 14 shooting that left 17 dead in Parkland, Fla., happened hundreds of miles from Rochester, but area students are not naive enough to think such a tragedy couldn’t happen in their own school hallways.
The March for Our Lives on Saturday brought out hundreds of thousands of protesters (many of them young people) advocating for gun control and increased school safety. Protests were held in more than 800 locations, including in Michigan. While those events got significant media attention, another initiative underway in this state has the potential to offer students boosted security without running into political roadblocks.
Police, resource officers spearhead security at Alle-Kiski Valley schools
In the wake of the Valentine's Day shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead and as many injured, questions have arisen across the Alle-Kiski Valley on how schools here are working to prevent similar tragedies.
By Bryce Fricklas
Boston University Statehouse Program
BOSTON -- As student activists seek policy solutions to national gun violence in the aftermath of February's mass shooting at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, mental health providers are seeking innovative ways to provide solutions to school violence.
Their focus: preventing the violence before it occurs.
As hundredsof thousands of students, parents and teachers marched on Washington and other cities Saturday against gun violence, the White House said President Trump praised their activism.
NEWTOWN - It’s no coincidence that the STOP School Violence Act signed by the president on Friday will award $100 million in annual grants to precisely the types of programs that Sandy Hook Promise runs.
The homegrown nonprofit, which has become one of the premier gun violence prevention groups in the country, was instrumental in developing the STOP bill.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some of New Mexico's most influential lawmakers on Thursday proposed creating a task force to explore the challenges of school violence and classroom security after hearing from top law enforcement officers and administrators from a district where two students were shot and killed in December.
Officials gathered at the State Capitol for a hearing before the Legislative Finance Committee on school safety strategies.
The Latest: Experts give school safety recommendations
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a North Carolina House committee studying school safety (all times local):
North Carolina House leaders say they're ready to listen to experts, educators and children about what can be done to prevent and combat school violence. Those lawmakers already have gotten suggestions at Wednesday's first meeting of a school safety committee.
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Editor: “That would never happen in my school,” is a thought that goes through a student’s mind when he hears about a school shooting
I’m a junior attending the Mid Valley School District. School shootings can happen at any school without warning. Lack of security is a small part of the problem. A major issue lies in the low morality of students and warning signs overlooked by school administration and faculty members.
‘Our voice needs to be recognized’: Nebraska, Iowa students call for action on school violence
Outrage over the Parkland, Florida, massacre fueled student walkouts and demonstrations across Nebraska and Iowa on Wednesday as youth added their voices to the national debate over how to stop school violence.
Oklahoma student accused of threatening school violence
DEL CITY, Okla. (AP) — Police in suburban Oklahoma City say a 13-year-old student who participated in a walkout to protest gun violence now faces a criminal charge after making a threat at his school.
Authorities in Del City say the student told a schoolmate Wednesday not to come to Del Crest Middle School the next day because he planned to "shoot up" the campus.
Area students take part in walkouts, sit-ins, other demonstrations to protest violence
Students at several high schools and at least one university, from Kearney to Council Bluffs to Omaha, held walks outs, sit-ins and rallies Wednesday to protest school violence.
The events were timed to coincide with walkouts planned across the U.S. and around the world. Students were urged to leave class at 10 a.m. local time for 17 minutes — one minute for each victim in the Feb. 14 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has settled a federal lawsuit filed in 2016 by public school parents who charged that school violence and bullying were not being adequately addressed.
The settlement announced Wednesday will require the city Department of Education to report bullying incidents into an electronic system within one day. Parents will also be able to submit school bullying complaints electronically.
Roseburg students participate in National Walkout to protest gun violence, school shootings
Students across the country participated in the nationwide school walkout on Wednesday to protest school violence and shootings.
Dozens of Roseburg High School students left their classrooms at 10 a.m. and stood in an outdoor courtyard for 17 minutes, a tribute to the 17 students who were killed in a school shooting one month ago in Parkland, Florida.
Metro Sioux City students walk out over school violence; some districts keep public off campus
SOUTH SIOUX CITY -- Hundreds of Siouxland students abandoned classes on Wednesday morning for 17 minutes, one minute each for each victim of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida exactly one month ago.
Students at Sioux City, South Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Dakota Valley and many other area districts participated in the # Enough National School Walkout to End Gun Violence
Police: Teen arrested after threatening school violence
WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) — Police in West Jordan say a teen has been arrested over a threat of violence against a middle school.
West Jordan police Sgt. J.C. Holt tells the Salt Lake Tribune the teen was arrested Tuesday night after authorities received a tip about social media posts.
Students at Monte del Sol Charter School will spend 17 minutes Wednesday holding hands in a silent vigil for students and school staff slain in the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
Students at the Academy for Technology and the Classics will walk silently through a labyrinth on campus, carrying signs bearing the victims’ names and ages.
And at Ortiz Middle School, 17 students wearing black T-shirts will gather on the athletic field to honor the dead.
Students walkouts today over school violence see some caution, some cooperation from adults
Students walkouts today over school violence see some caution, some cooperation from adults
CLEVELAND, Ohio – It's not exactly a protest.
It's not exactly a memorial, either, or even a student walkout. In some cases, it's really a walk-with.
Police investigating Blairsville student’s comments about Parkland shooting
A student was removed from Blairsville High School on Friday after fellow students reported overhearing him make "inappropriate comments" about a Florida school shooting, according to district officials.
This was at least the eighth incident in the past month — and fourth since last week's deadly shooting in Parkland, Fla. — in which school officials in southwestern Pennsylvania reacted to threats of potential school violence.
In the aftermath of recent school shootings, including one of the deadliest last week at a South Florida high school, where 17 people were killed, "see something — say something" no longer is a recommendation. It must become policy, inside and outside of schools, among school administrators, teachers, students and parents. That's what prevented a potential catastrophe at Uniontown Area High School last month after a student overheard a peer's threatening conversation and reported it. An investigation led to the confiscation of weapons from the suspect's Fayette County bedroom. Awareness along with communication are key.
BETHEL — Bethel High School plans to join students across the country in denouncing gun violence on Wednesday, but administrators warn kids could be disciplined if their protest goes “beyond” what the school has already sanctioned.
School shooting survivor: Honor victims nonpolitically
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio teenager wounded in a school shooting last year says he thinks it's disrespectful to victims of the February massacre in Parkland, Florida, to use that tragedy to further a particular political agenda.
West Liberty-Salem High School student Logan Cole said in a Facebook video he won't participate in the Wednesday student walkouts promoted by organizers of the Women's March.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos got a less than ringing endorsement from the White House after a pair of uncomfortable television interviews raised questions about her commitment to help underperforming schools and support for President Donald Trump's proposal to curb school violence.
State police charged a Lackawanna Trail High School senior with pointing an air-powered handgun Saturday at a Factoryville community center in what they say is his latest in a series of violent threats. Police charged Brian M. Peterson, 18, of Nicholson, after tracking him down at a friend’s home within 90 minutes. They are also investigating reports that he asked others how he could obtain an AR-15 rifle. Peterson remains behind bars in Wyoming County Correctional Facility, unable to post...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the school violence threats in Louisiana, including one that shut down a New Orleans college campus for a day (all times local):
The FBI and Louisiana State Police say authorities in Louisiana have responded to at least 106 threats of violence in or near schools since the mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14. And there have been 62 arrests.
HARTFORD - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is not happy with President Donald Trump’s gun control and school safety initiatives.
"Just days after he looked the American people in the eye and promised real action to prevent gun violence, President Trump is proposing a plan that will appease his allies in the NRA but do very little to keep our children safe." Malloy said.
President Trump said Monday his plan to arm more teachers will help to prevent school shootings, a day after the administration unveiled his official proposals to combat school violence.
"Highly trained expert teachers will be allowed to conceal carry, subject to State Law. Armed guards OK, deterrent!" the president tweeted.
The president also noted that he's holding off on a proposal to raise the legal age for purchasing certain firearms from 18 to 21.