School Safety News: The Week in Review (March 8-12, 2010)

Posted by on March 13, 2010

Highlights of school safety, security, and crisis incidents and issues around the nation for the week of March 8-12, 2010:

Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN: St. Paul and Minneapolis police working with FBI, Interpol after school lockdowns in both cities  Local and federal law enforcement worked on a threat posted on a social networking site about a possible school shooting. The threats appeared to come from Australia and the warning came from the Netherlands. Partial lockdowns were put into place in city schools.

Memphis, TN: Memphis School board considers plan to add security workers, take police out of schools. School board member Patrice Robinson presents a resolution asking Supt. Kriner Cash to study the feasibility of replacing Memphis Police Department officers currently assigned to the city schools with district security personnel.

Brooklyn, NY: Police Kill Man Carrying a Fake Gun at a School.  A 22-year-old man was fatally shot by the police outside a Brooklyn elementary school on Monday afternoon after he pointed a fake gun at an officer.

Littleton, CO:  Deer Creek parents are promised a review of shooting response  School and law enforcement officials told parents the reaction to a shooting at Deer Creek Middle School went according to plan but things will be done better if the situation arises again. Parents of students at nearby Stony Creek Elementary were upset their children were sent home as Deer Creek students fled to their campus.

Centerville, OH: 6 Centerville students accused of trafficking prescription drugs at school  Six students were charged with drug possession and drug trafficking offenses.

New York City, NY:  High school students stabbed in attacks at two separate NYC high schools.  According to school and police officials, a 14-year-old Manhattan high school student stabbed his longtime tormenter 16 times during a wild hallway attack Friday, police and education sources said.  Just 20 minutes later, a 17-year-old student at Newtown High School in Queens was jumped in a third-floor hallway and knifed at 11:20 a.m.

Portland, ME:  Portland School Lockdowns Raise Safety Concerns.  Protocol for school lockdowns reviewed after multiple lockdowns at city schools.

Reed Point, MT:  Superintendent accidentally fires gun during class.  The superintendent of a rural Montana school district says he was showing students his black powder muzzleloader when he accidentally fired the weapon into a classroom wall during a history lesson.

Rochester, NY: 20 students charged after brawl at NY school  Police say 20 students have been charged after a fight broke out at a Rochester high school that had been evacuated when a fire alarm went off. Rochester police say two of the students assaulted a school resource officer who tried to break up the altercation, with one of the students punching the officer in the back of the head and the other hitting him with a trash can.

Ken Trump

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