According to The Hartford Courant, a summary of the Connecticut State Police report on the Sandy Hook elementary school tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut will be released on November 25th, 2013. Families of the victims met with State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky and police personnel to discuss the summary before it is released. Relatives said that Sedensky told them that names of the students would not be included either in the summary report (which will run 40-50 pages) or the full report, which will probably be over one thousand pages in total. When the full report is released to the public it will also be heavily redacted to remove transcripts of the 911 calls, the names of the victims and crime scene photos of areas where victims were located.
The release of the Sandy Hook summary report and the full report will be beneficial to the school safety community, which has been waiting for almost a full year to see what actual lessons can be learned from this terrible event rather than relying on rumors and news reports. Many schools across the country have already invested tens of thousands (and in some cases, millions) of dollars in security equipment upgrades, building renovations and security staffing. With the release of the final report hopefully schools will be better poised to make rational and effective planning and budgeting considerations when looking for ways to respond to Sandy Hook.
In the year since the horrific incident at Sandy Hook happened, I have been amazed at the sheer impact that the residents of Newtown have had on the rest of the country. There are few events that have such a large impact that it is one of the forefront issues on the minds of almost every educator that we speak to during our school safety and security assessments. Our schools have come a long way since Columbine, but Sandy Hook is a stark reminder of why we must never stop improving safety and security for our educational institutions in even the safest of communities.
Mrs. Amanda Raper, a teacher in South Caroline, contacted Safe Havens, International about having a few of her students ask questions concerning tornado preparedness. SafeHavens referred them to Steve Satterly, an expert on tornado preparedness in schools. Caleb, Alie, Brook and Emily had an idea for a tornado safetyproduct they wanted to vet with him.
Not wanting to let their product idea fall into the wrong hands, the nature of the idea will not be discussed here. However, Steve was very impressed with not only the depth of knowledge of the students, as exhibited by the nature of their questions, but by their very polite and respectful demeanor.
It is always enjoyable when students show their best sides, and Caleb, Alie, Brook and Emily certainly put their best foot forward today. Steve Satterly and Safe Havens, International, commend Caleb, Alie, Brook, Emily, Mrs. Raper and their parents for developing these young minds into citizens who will make a positive impact on our country with their passion for learning, and their desire for the safety of others.
An 8-year old student drew a picture of a ninja and a soldier. The headmaster of the school found the pictures to be “violent and unacceptable”, and has threatened to expel the boy from school as he could not guarantee the safety of the other students.
The schoolhandbook does state that, “Drawings that depict weapons” are grounds for expulsion.
The parents have withdrawn their child from the school.
Ten children on a school bus got the ride of their lives when their bus ran off the road and ended up in a creek. They were able to climb out of the window onto the side of the bus, with no reported injuries. The driver was trapped in the water for over an hour.
There was no indications as to the extent of their injuries.
A teaching assistant at the University of Iowa inadvertantly sent an email to students that had atttached files that contained sexual content. The university is investigating how it happened, and how many students may have received the file.
A 57-year old school bus driver was arrested and charged with neglect after a child was choked unconscious by another student. According to the police, the driver “failed to provide any assistance to the victim during or after the Oct. 15 attack.”
An assailantchoked the victim without being noticed by the driver. When another student helped the victim off the bus into the sidewalk, the police reported that the driver “did not get off of the bus to inquire about the seriousness of the injury to the victim, nor did she call 911 or call for medical assistance.”
The assailant was arrested, and will be charged as a juvenile for battery.
The Courant released an article today outlining alleged details from the Sandy Hook Massacre from last December. While the information is interesting, it should be noted that the Connecticut State Police have not yet released its officialreport. Therefore anything that comes out behfore hand should be treated as speculation.