School Safety News: The Week in Review (March 15-19, 2010)

Posted by on March 20, 2010

Highlights of school safety, security, and crisis incidents and issues around the nation for the week of March 15-19, 2010:

Phoenix, AZ: Police: US Airways Pilot Beats School Baseball Coach.  A volunteer baseball coach was ambushed and brutally attacked by a U.S. Airways pilot at a Valley school, police said.

Philadelphia, PA:  School police officers say cars are a menace.  Police union and school officers say the patrol cars they drive are problem-plagued, with malfunctioning air bags, flashing check-engine lights, leaking fluids, bad tires, inoperable turn signals, and other issues.

Mayfield Village, OH:  Mayfield High student stabbed, other student in custody.  One Mayfield High School student was stabbed in the neck at the school today and another student is now in custody.  The school was placed in lockdown today from 11:15 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m. after “a student cut another student with a razor blade in the lunchroom.”

Memphis, TN:  More in the ongoing saga of Memphis School District’s internal and external battles with its school security and police staffing:

   Memphis City Schools considering replacing police with in-house security

   School board votes to check into operating security force without cops

   Some call MCS Security Force Plan Dead After Alleged Gang Rape

   Editorial: A sharper focus on security at Memphis City Schools

Indianapolis, IN:  Ben Davis steps up security after fight The extra security was added after two different fights here at the school on Thursday. As a result of those incidents, 12 students were suspended and one was arrested.

Charlevoix, MI: ACLU to schools: ‘Review lockdown policy’.  The Michigan branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) claims over a three-hour period, nearly 400 students had their hands and feet inspected for signs of paint in connection with damage done to the school’s building and trades modular home project, violating their constitutional rights in a May 2008 incident.

Racine, WI: Security up at Racine school following stabbing.  Police in Racine are giving one of the high schools more attention today because of a stabbing incident Thursday afternoon. One student, according to Lieutenant Jerry Baldukas, was targeted for a beating outside of Park High School at the end of the day, which led to that student retaliating by stabbing two of the offenders.

Deerfield Beach, FL:  Text message dispute triggered brutal Fla. beating.   The brutal beating of a 15-year-old girl at a Florida middle school was triggered by a text message dispute between the victim and the teenage boy accused punching and stomping on her with steel-toed boots, according to police.

Ken Trump

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