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School shooting ‘swatting’ hoaxes trigger massive police responses, parent anxiety

Posted by on September 8, 2014

False reports of school shootings, bomb threats and other threats made to schools are triggering massive police responses and heightened parental anxiety across the nation.  Hoax calls known as “swatting” involve a caller makes a false report to police to draw an overwhelming response including by police SWAT team, thus the term “swatting.” Recent incidents of such […]

Cell Phones, Texting, School Safety, and Discipline

Posted by on December 8, 2010

There is no constitutional right for students to have cell phones in schools. This is one of several points I made in an interview for a Fox News Channel national story earlier this week entitled, “Zero Tolerance for Classroom Texters.” The peg for the story is a Benicia High School (California) policy where school administrators […]

School Crisis: Chaos or Communication?

Posted by on March 9, 2010

The news headline: “Adults’ missteps detailed in S. Phila. High violence” The story goes on to read: “On Dec. 3, as Asian students endured a daylong series of attacks at South Philadelphia High, the adults responsible for their safety were often confused or unsure how to respond. The principal ordered a midmorning lockdown – designed […]