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Maine Department of Education Releases Two Security Reports

April 17th, 2014 at 10:45PM by ssatterly

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Maine DOE The Maine DOE released a security report from Safe Havens International and PDT Architects. The report by Safe Havens International is called 20 Simple Strategies to Safer and More Effective Schools. Excerpts from the report can be found at http://www.

Edged Weapon Rampage near Pittsburgh

April 9th, 2014 at 11:27AM by ssatterly

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Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania A student reportedly went on a stabbing spree at Franklin Regional High School in Pennsylvania today.  Thus far, 20 people have been reported as injured, four seriously.  The suspect is in custody.

Student raped at school, suspect charged as an adult

March 24th, 2014 at 10:27PM by ssatterly

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Lawrence, Indiana A 16-year old male student at Lawrence-Central High School in Indianapolis was arrested and is being charged as an adult for the rape of a fellow student. The suspect and and a female student were walking together in the gym after the male said his mother was picking him up.  He then forced the girl into a closed off hallway and allegedly raped her.

Teachers balk at being 'shot' during Active Shooter exercises

March 6th, 2014 at 11:30AM by ssatterly

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Farmington, MO Four Farmington teachers were handed goggles during an Active Shooter exercise, and told they might be shot with "pellet guns".  The teachers refused and spoke with the Prosecutors office to seek legal advice. No teachers are forced to participate in such training.

Terrorist use knives to attack Chinese train station

March 4th, 2014 at 08:14AM by ssatterly

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Kunming, China 29 people are dead and over 130 wounded in what Chinese authorities are calling a "premeditated, violent terrorist attack". A group of men armed with long knives descended upon unsuspecting patrons at the train station, randomly stabbing people, especially those too slow to react.

Indiana teacher arrested for child seduction

March 4th, 2014 at 07:13AM by ssatterly

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Greenwood, Indiana A high school teacher at Greenwood High School was arrested over the weekend and charged with child seduction.  He was found naked in a truck with a 17-year old student.  He admitted to having had sex with the student.

Boko Haram killing school children

February 26th, 2014 at 10:52AM by ssatterly

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Nigeria, Africa Boko Haram, an al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group, has been attacking schools in Nigeria.  Boko Haram means, "Western Education is Forbidden", and has viciously attacked schools, killing dozens of innocent school children. This is a clear example that school safety is not just an issue in the US, but world-wide.


February 21st, 2014 at 02:05PM by ssatterly

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School Safety Shield Blog Fox News is reporting that police are responding to shots being fired at a high school in Lake Mary, Florida. More as it develops.....

School administrator attacked by three students

February 20th, 2014 at 10:24AM by ssatterly

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Stamford, CT A 67-year old school administrator was on his lunch break in a convenience store.  When he left, three teens who were in the store followed him out, then attacked him.  He was body-slammed, then repeatedly punched as he lay on the ground.

Mother reports 6-year old boy missing, he is found asleep on a school bus

February 19th, 2014 at 09:44AM by ssatterly

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Indianapolis, IN When a 6-year old student did not get off the school bus at home, his mother knew something was wrong.  She called the Decatur Township bus barn and reported the missing boy.  He was found asleep on his bus, safe.

Women abducted from school rescued in Nigeria

February 17th, 2014 at 09:38AM by ssatterly

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Nairobi, Kenya Safe Havens International recently did work in Nairobi, so this story is of interest to us. Boko Haram is an al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group that has attacked numerous schools in Kenya, as they feel that these schools are teaching western values, which they feel is an insult to Islam. In this story, some of the 20 women who were abducted from a school by Boko Haram were rescued by Nigerian forces.

Sexual assault charges filed against school nurse

February 11th, 2014 at 09:02PM by ssatterly

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Huntington, West Virginia A school nurse at Barboursville School, a school for seriously emotionally disturbed students was charged with sexual assault and abuse of a student at the school. Police became aware of the situation after complaints were filed that the student was threatening to kill the nurse's ex-husband.

School cook finds burned cookies, threatens to shoot up school

February 7th, 2014 at 11:19AM by ssatterly

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Norfolk, MA At King Phillip Middle School, a school cook's co-worker apparently baked some cookies that had already been baked, causing them to be overcooked.  The cook's response was to threaten to use an AK-47 to shoot up the school. She was arrested, arraigned, then released on bond.

Knife attack at school

February 6th, 2014 at 10:22AM by ssatterly

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San Fernando, CA Initially, a 14-year old student was stabbed by a 15-year old student, sending the 14-year old to the hospital.  A description was given of the attacker, and when he was found, he was suffering from what is believed to be self-inflicted wounds.  That student was also taken to the hospital.

School safety is not just our problem

February 3rd, 2014 at 10:23AM by ssatterly

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Moscow, Russia In Moscow today, a student entered School No. 263 with a rifle, shot and killed two adults, and took a 10th Grade class hostage.  The boy used the rifle to threaten the security guard to gain entrance to the school.

A scam alert for schools

February 1st, 2014 at 10:08PM by ssatterly

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Indianapolis, IN Just recently, a couple of central Indiana schools have been attacked using an "office supply" scam.  One school fell for the scam, the other caught on to it. The scam was a variation of the one describe at the above link.

Student expelled for making violent threats

January 31st, 2014 at 11:37PM by ssatterly

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Kittery, MA Frightened students at Traip Academy reported that a fellow student, a 17-year old senior, was making violent threats to kill other students and teachers. The student was immediately removed from the classroom.  Police obtained a search warrant for the boy's house, and found a knife and other pieces of evidence.

Police shoot teen after attack

January 29th, 2014 at 09:46PM by ssatterly

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Honolulu, HI A police officer shot a 17-year old in the wrist after the boy had punched two officers and cut another with a knife. The incident happened at Roosevelt High School, which the youth had previously attended.  He entered the school and was recognized as a runaway, leading to the police being called.

Sandy Hook Report Summary Coming Nov. 25th

November 19th, 2013 at 09:17PM by cdorn

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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.

Future Storm Chasers?

November 8th, 2013 at 12:32PM by ssatterly

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School Safety Shield Blog Mrs. Amanda Raper, a teacher in South Caroline, contacted Safe Havens, International about having a few of her students ask questions concerning tornado preparedness.  Safe Havens referred them to Steve Satterly, an expert on tornado preparedness in schools.

Boy threatened with expulsion for violent drawings

November 4th, 2013 at 08:29PM by ssatterly

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Scottsdale, AZ 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 school handbook does state that, "Drawings that depict weapons" are grounds for expulsion.

School bus ends up in a creek

November 2nd, 2013 at 10:44AM by ssatterly

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Douglass, Kansas 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.

Collge staffer inadvertantly sends students sexual content

October 27th, 2013 at 05:37PM by ssatterly

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Iowa City, IA 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.

School bus driver charged with neglect after a child is choked on her bus

October 24th, 2013 at 08:34PM by ssatterly

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Naples, FL 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.

Middle school student arrested at school for attempted murder

October 24th, 2013 at 12:26PM by ssatterly

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Vancouver, Washington An 11-year old student at Frontier Middle School was arrested and charged with one count of attempted murder.  Police found him in possession of a handgun, 400 rounds of ammunition, and several knives. The school was placed on lockdown for approximately two hours as police conducted a search.

Shooting at Sparks Middle School leaves 2 dead, 2 critically wounded

October 21st, 2013 at 01:14PM by ssatterly

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Sparks City, NV There was a shooting this morning at Sparks Middle School in Sparks City, Nevada.  Preliminary reports have two dead, including the shooter, and two listed in critical condition. Nearby Agnes Risley Elementary School went into lockdown, then was evacuated, along with Sparks Middle School, to Sparks High School for reunification with families.

Unconfirmed details on Sandy Hook released

October 18th, 2013 at 05:01PM by ssatterly

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Sandy Shook Massacre 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 official report.  Therefore anything that comes out behfore hand should be treated as speculation.

Teacher stabbed in front of her students

October 15th, 2013 at 09:23PM by ssatterly

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Long Beach, California A teacher had taken her students to a park for a "Fun Friday", when a man came up to her and stabbed her in the neck.  She died at the scene. The stabbing was allegedly over a custody disagreement.

Student arrested in North Carolina after school shooting

September 3rd, 2013 at 06:35PM by ssatterly

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School Safety Shield Blog Carver High School was conducting a fire drill when the School Resource Officer heard shots being fired. The SRO arrested an 18-year old student for shooting a 15-year old student. The 15-year old victim was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

US District Court upholds 2008 expulsion

September 3rd, 2013 at 06:08PM by ssatterly

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School Safety Shield Blog In a ruling that stated that threats against a school were not protected by the First Amendment, a federal appeals court upheld the expulsion. In 2008 a former student used social media to reference Virginia Tech, and threatened violence against his high school classmates.  He was expelled.

Cyber-attack directed against the Kentucky Department of Education

August 31st, 2013 at 11:19PM by ssatterly

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School Safety Shield Blog A portal in the Kentucky DOE's website used by parents to check their student's grades was hit with a denial-of-service attack.  This attack crashed the site, preventing parents in 50 school districts from accessing the website. The DOE worked with AT&T to get the portal re-opened, and shored it up to prevent such attacks from causing it to crash in the future.

Allegations of bullying surround a student suicide

August 29th, 2013 at 11:53AM by ssatterly

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School Safety Shield Blog Greenwich High School's school year got off to a tragic start.  Just one day after the first day of school, a 15-year old student died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound. A look at the student's social media sites show a troubled teen.

Wild animal at bus stop causes problems

August 24th, 2013 at 07:33PM by ssatterly

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School Safety Shield Blog A 12-year old student noticed a wild animal following her as she walked to her bus stop.  It bagan to chase her, knocked her down and bit her. Family members came to her rescue, and the animal, a fox, was shot and killed.

Terror in an elementary school

August 20th, 2013 at 08:42PM by ssatterly

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School Safety Shield Blog Robert McNair Elementary School in Dekalb County, Georgia was the scene of a front office staff hostage situation as a 19-year old man, carrying a semi-automatic rifle, was able to enter the school. As the police arrived, the suspect fired at the police, but they were able to enter the building and take custody of the suspect without further incident. The students were evacuated out to the back of the school, and were then bused to a nearby Wal Mart to be reunited with their families.

Teacher sexually assaults a student

August 7th, 2013 at 07:55PM by ssatterly

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School Safety Experts Blog A former Spanish teacher is being charged with sexually assaulting a former student.  She did so repeatedly during a four month period in 2012.  She was 32, and the student was 15.

Questions raised by Active Shooter training for school bus drivers

August 6th, 2013 at 07:40PM by ssatterly

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School Safety Experts Blog: The link above is a blog on school bus drivers in California who are being trained by police in responding to Active Shooter incidents on their buses. How much attention should we give Active Shooter training versus training to respond to all types of incidents?

School bus assault

August 5th, 2013 at 05:48PM by ssatterly

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School Safety Experts Blog Perhaps by now you have seen the video of a 13-year old boy being beaten by three older boys. The school bus driver, John Moody, looks on helplessly as the three attackers give the victim two black eyes and a broken arm. Moody, who is 64, followed policy.

Guns in schools, how will this work?

July 31st, 2013 at 08:16PM by ssatterly

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School Safety Experts Blog Over twenty teachers and staff have been provided over fifty hours of law enforcement training, and a voucher for them to purchase a firearm to carry in school.  The superintendent of the Clarksville School System took this step to increase school safety. This approach to school safety should be fully discussed before implementation.

Teen's suicide: Who's responsible?

July 30th, 2013 at 09:22PM by ssatterly

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School Safety Experts Blog A 15-year old girl in California got drunk and passed out at a party, three boys allegedly stripped her, sexually assaulted her, used a marker to draw pictures on her private parts, and then posted the pictures on social media. Eight days after the assault, the teen hung herself. Do teens exhibit signs of impending violence?

Court Date for Teen Who Plotted School Attack

July 23rd, 2013 at 09:12PM by ssatterly

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Bartlesville, OK The teen arrested in December for plotting to kill his classmates and police officers appeared in court.  He pled not guilty. He allegedly planned on luring students into the high school auditorium, then shooting them.

1 student dead, 1 missing in field trip accident

May 23rd, 2013 at 09:29AM by ssatterly

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St. Paul, MN A class from Peter Hobart Elementary School, digging for fossils in a park, became victims of a landslide as rain-soaked ground gave way and collapsed onto the children. One child is dead, one is missing.

Middle School student intervenes in bullying incident, gets assaulted

May 23rd, 2013 at 08:26AM by ssatterly

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Roton, CT At Roton Middle School, a friend of a bullying victim intervened, and got assaulted by the bully.  The bully pushed the the hero down to the ground, then kicked them in the head. The bully was arrested, and may have to have a court hearing.

Student punches police officer

May 23rd, 2013 at 08:14AM by ssatterly

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College Station, TX A call was made from the Rudder High School Adaptve Behavior Department about a student who was out of control. The police officer arrived and attempted to stop the student.  Without warning, the student punched the officer just under the jaw.

Mom confronts bully at school

May 23rd, 2013 at 07:58AM by ssatterly

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Philadelphia, PA A 26-year old mother went to A.B. Anderson Elementary School to confront a student who she believed was bullying her child.

Tornado Preparedness

May 21st, 2013 at 08:12AM by ssatterly

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In light of the tornadoes of yesterday and Sunday, and with more severe weather looming, it is a good time to brush up on your tornado preparedness. Campus Safety Magazine has some excellent resources, including an article written by Safe Havens adjunct analyst Steve Satterly, 14 Severe Weather Survival Tips. Take a moment and get prepared!

Moore, Oklahoma

May 21st, 2013 at 07:12AM by ssatterly

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by the tornado in Moore, OK.  The Safe Havens team had just completed a site assessment of Norman schools, the first city south of Moore. The devastation of two elementary schools, Plaza Towers and Briarwood brings the horror home.

Woman assaults, threatens school employees

May 18th, 2013 at 01:10PM by ssatterly

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Chula, MO During a conference at Chula School became enraged.  She tore a phone out of the wall, attempted to use it to assault the school principal, and threatened the lives of other school officials. School officials restrained her until sheriff's deputies could arrest her.

Substitute teacher assaults student

May 18th, 2013 at 12:57PM by ssatterly

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Krotz Spring, LA A substitute teacher was arrested for allegedly assaulting a student in class. After telling his class to study for a test, a student at Krotz Springs Elementary School informed the teacher he had studied at home.  At that point the substitute allegedly tore off the top of the student's desk, threw it across the room, and lifted the desk, with the student still in it, to his face.

Phoned in threat prompts widespread lockdowns

May 18th, 2013 at 12:36PM by ssatterly

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Pasadena, CA A man who called in a threat to shoot up schools then kill himself was arrested. His call promted widespread school lockdowns in Monterey Park, Santa Monica and Los Angeles, includingEast Los Angeles City College and Santa Monica College.

Indiana ISTEP+ testing faces cyber attack

May 15th, 2013 at 01:44PM by ssatterly

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West Lafayette, IN ISTEP+ test vendor CTB/McGraw-Hill suffered a denial of service attack that hindered its ability to host state testing. The issue was quickly resolved, and students were able to get back to testing.

Assault in the school media center

May 10th, 2013 at 10:33AM by ssatterly

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Philadelphia, PA Chester High School was the scene of a beat down in the media center as five boys attacked a 16-year old victim, kicking him and hitting him with chairs.  One of the attackers took a cell phone video of the assault and posted it on Facebook. The five have been arrested.

Middle school student assaults another with a kitchen knife

May 10th, 2013 at 10:23AM by ssatterly

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Savannah, GA A 13-year old girl brought a kitchen knife to DeRenne Middle School, and used it to assault a classmate prior to the start of school. The victim was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

School shooting threat revealed

May 9th, 2013 at 10:56AM by ssatterly

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Wichita, KS Two students at West High School reported an alleged school shooting threat to a school resource officer.  Police arrested the 18-year old who allegedly made the threat, but found no guns in his home. The boy was looking at school shooting videos on a classroom computer, and told other students he was going to shoot others, then himself.

Drunken man assaults elementary school principal

May 9th, 2013 at 10:38AM by ssatterly

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Winter Park, FL A man was picking his son up from Eastbrook Elementary School when school officials suspected he was inebriated.  They asked him to wait with his son in a conference room until the boy's mother could arrive to pick him up. At that point, the man told the principal, "If you talk to my son again I will kill you with my bare hands.

Father goes to school playground to punish daughter's bully

May 6th, 2013 at 08:49AM by ssatterly

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Perth, Australia A man went to a primary school playground to find the boy who had been allegedly bullying his daughter.  He confronted the boy, pushed him several times, and left him in tears, and with a couple of skinned knees. The man was arrested.

Student arrested for "massive" school shooting plot pleads not guilty

May 6th, 2013 at 08:16AM by ssatterly

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Bartlesville, OK A student who was arrested for a plot for a "massive" school shooting at Bartlesville High School plead not guilty after undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. The plot was revealed in December when the student attempted to recruit helpers.

Teacher of the Year resigns amidst molestation investigation

May 6th, 2013 at 07:49AM by ssatterly

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Plainfield, IN A teacher at Plainfield Middle School, who was recently selected as the "Teacher of the Year", resigned after being charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a student. A detective with the Hendrick's Count Sheriff's Department received a call that prompted the investigation.

School attack thwarted

May 5th, 2013 at 11:29AM by ssatterly

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Lakeland, FL Three students at Sleepy Hill Middle School were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit first degree murder after police thwarted their plot to attack the school. The police did not provide details on the plan, other than to say they planned on creating "chaos".

Student shoots himself in classroom

May 5th, 2013 at 11:10AM by ssatterly

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Cincinnati, OH A student at LaSalle High School, an all-male parochial school shot himself in class in an apparent suicide attempt. The school was placed on lockdown, and students were eventually taken to the gym. No one else was injured.

Rampage at an elementary school

May 5th, 2013 at 10:53AM by ssatterly

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Blountville, TN in a classroom An 8-year old student of Holston Elementary School refused to get down from his chair.  He struck a girl in the arm, and the principal was called.  The boy refused to be controlled.

School bus assault recorded by students

May 5th, 2013 at 10:33AM by ssatterly

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Jacksonville, FL A 13-year old girl was held down on a school bus by two boys while another girl punched her 8-10 times.  She received minor cuts and bruising, and the assaulter was arrested, and faces expulsion. The bus driver reportedly didn't notice.

5-year old killed by school bus

May 2nd, 2013 at 11:07AM by ssatterly

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Bibb County, GA A 5-year old girl was pronounced dead at the hospital after being run over by a school bus. She had stepped off a curb, and had turned to speak to some children behind her, while still walking forward.  She ran into the side of the bus, which was making a left-hand turn, fell to the ground, and had her lower torso run over by the rear tires.

Expelled student arrested after making threats against a Dutch school

May 2nd, 2013 at 10:54AM by ssatterly

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Leiden, Netherlands A former student of the British School in the Netherlands, expelled in October 2011, was arrested for making threats against a Dutch school. Dutch police noted that there was no real threat, and schools stayed open.

Cinnamon Challenge is not a game

April 27th, 2013 at 10:57PM by ssatterly

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Chicago, IL The "cinnamon challenge" where a person attempts to swallow cinnamon without water, is a dangerous 'game' doctors say.  The person invariably inhales it, which can cause lung damage.

Man admits placing a fake bomb at a middle school

April 27th, 2013 at 10:39PM by ssatterly

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A man pled guilty to placing a fake bomb in front of East Hampton Middle School. Custodians arrived at the school and found the device leaning against the front door.  The device was a rectangular box, approximately 12 inches by eight inches by four inches in size, taped together with orange and red duct tape, with a white egg timer on top.

Student planned to commemorate Columbine by shooting up his school

April 26th, 2013 at 02:39PM by ssatterly

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Waynesville, NC A Tuscola High School student, hoping to commemorate the anniversary of the Columbine massacre, planned a similar fate for his school.  He told several of his classmates, who told their parents, who contacted the school. The student was arrested prior to the planned event.

Student urinates into staffroom coffeepot

April 26th, 2013 at 02:22PM by ssatterly

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St. Joseph, MO After a report of a "chemical taste" in a cup of coffee, an investigation occurred, leading to the arrest of a 16-year old student of Central High School for urinating into the teacher's coffee pot.

Student attacks teacher, says he was the "closest he could find"

April 25th, 2013 at 09:59AM by ssatterly

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Franklin Twp., IN A 16-year old student told police he was in an "angry mood" when he punched a teacher in the face.  The angry mood was due to punishment he received at home for a previous school incident.

Root the Box claims responsibility for hacking the Univ. of VA.'s website

April 25th, 2013 at 09:41AM by ssatterly

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Charlottesville, VA An investigation has begun by the University of Virginia's police department into the hacking of their website. No classified or personal information was affected, nor was the email system. A group called "Root the Box" has claimed responsibility.

A hammer attack, really?

April 23rd, 2013 at 05:15PM by ssatterly

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Harwood, Maryland While not related to schools, this story exemplifies the use of a hammer in an assault, which has happened in schools.  Being aware of the various weapons people use to assault each other can help educators prepare for the liklihood of their use in schools. Schools, after all, are microcosms of the community around them.

A gun on school campus?

April 23rd, 2013 at 04:26PM by ssatterly

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Gun on Elementary School Campus A man was arrested and charged after carrying a Civil War rifle across school grounds on his way to a pawn shop.  Parents saw the man with the rifle and notified the police.

Patriot's Day Attack

April 15th, 2013 at 08:08PM by ssatterly

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School Safety Experts It is with a heavy heart that I write this.  A cowardly terrorist attack ripped into innocent people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  An eight-year old is dead, as is at least one other.

Student charges teacher with instigating attacks

April 15th, 2013 at 10:23AM by ssatterly

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West Palm Beach, FL A seventh grade student at Northport K-8 School was assaulted by 6 students, ranging in age from 11-years old to 15 years old, who kicked and punched him.  The boy claims that the attack was done at the request of a teacher. This occurred after the victim told the teacher that he "wished he could curse out teachers someday.

High school student charged for attacking a classmate

April 15th, 2013 at 10:11AM by ssatterly

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Charlotte, NC A 15-year old male student at North Mecklenburg High School was arrested after attacking a 14-year old female student in some woods behind the school. The victim made her way back to the school, where she was taken to the office for treatment.  The male student walked by, and was identified by the victim.

School district personnel threatened by students

April 15th, 2013 at 09:18AM by ssatterly

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Milton, VT Two 17-year old students at Milton High School were arrested and charged with threatening to shoot two administrators, and sexually assaulting then shooting a teacher, as well as threatening to shoot another teacher at Burlington Technical Center. The threats were discovered on one of the boy's Facebook pages during an investigation into an armed robbery. An excerpt from the Facebook page, which contained the names of the targeted educators, read, “Wanna get caught for fun tomorrow?

Fight in school cafeteria leads to arrests

April 14th, 2013 at 07:05PM by ssatterly

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Susquehanna Twp., PA Four Susquehanna Township Middle School students have been charged with assault and disorderly conduct after a fight in the school's cafeteria.  When teachers intervened, one was assaulted, sustaining minor injuries.

Police investigate bus assault

April 14th, 2013 at 06:21PM by ssatterly

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Casco, ME A report was filed with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department in which it was alleged that a 16-year old boy assaulted a 13-year old boy on a school bus.  The victim's mother took him to the hospital, although the nature of the injuries were not disclosed.

High school assault in Ottawa

April 12th, 2013 at 07:09AM by ssatterly

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada A fifteen-year old girl was attacked after school by 5 boys and a girl.  The victim said the six people 'swarmed' her, punching and kicking.  She sustained a concussion, and cuts and bruises.

Threat against schools ;eads to increased police presence

April 11th, 2013 at 08:47AM by ssatterly

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Elkhart, IN Elkhart schools face increased security after a threat was found in an undisclosed location.  The police were notified, and they assessed the threat. The message left was specific, saying that 20 kids would be killed on April 15.

Pepper spray fight in school leads to 3 arrests

April 9th, 2013 at 04:44PM by ssatterly

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Indianapolis, IN Three students at North Central High School, a 16-year old and two fifteen-year olds, were arrested after spraying six other girls with pepper spray.  The three were also found with homemade weapons, including a sock with a metal weight in it. The dispute was apparently over some comments made on Twitter.

Student makes school shooting threats on social media, RCMP get their man

April 9th, 2013 at 10:56AM by ssatterly

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have charged a teen with making threats about a school shooting on Facebook. The teen is a student at Red Deer High School, where the shooting was to have taken place.

Fearing retribution middle schooler hangs himself

April 9th, 2013 at 10:54AM by ssatterly

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Columbus, GA A 12-year old student at Rothschild Middle School reported a potentially deadly attack by a student with a butcher knife against a teacher, and hung himself, fearing that the bullies who had been after him would get him for being a "snitch". After only six months at the school, the student was getting beaten up and smeared with food.  He had told his dad about 15-20 kids were out to get him.

Student assaulted by high school teacher

April 9th, 2013 at 10:51AM by ssatterly

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Annandale, VA An Annandale High School teacher was charged with misdemeanor assault against the student. The teacher has been placed on administrative leave, and the summons was issued at the school, although the teacher was not arrested.

School bus assault, middle schooler charged

April 9th, 2013 at 10:43AM by ssatterly

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Winchester, TN Two first-graders were kicked, punched and duct-taped by a classmate on the school bus. A girl was slapped in the face, leaving marks, and then kicked in the leg, leaving a big bruise.  He then duct-taped her mouth shut.

School bus crash leaves 1 dead, kids OK

April 7th, 2013 at 12:08PM by ssatterly

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Wadsworth, IL A school bus headed to Newport Elementary School crashed into a Jeep, got spun around and hit a second vehicle, sending the school bus onto its side. The driver of the Jeep died of traumatic injuries, while the driver and 34 children on the bus survived, although over a dozen children were transported to the hospital to get checked out. Initial reports stated the bus driver ran a red light, but the police are investigating conflicting stories.

Ammunition left on school bus

April 7th, 2013 at 10:58AM by ssatterly

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Phoenix, AZ A 29-year old man got onto a school bus headed for Alhambra Elementary School. He told the bus aide that he was with a boy who had just got onto the bus. After he got off of the bus, a child found a magazine with 15 rounds in it.

The Kicking Game

April 6th, 2013 at 02:47PM by ssatterly

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Lynn, MA A new "game" being played at Marshall Middle School has led to arrests and injuries. causing a warning from the Lynn Police Department. "Big Booting" involves a student coming up behind another, seated student and kicking them in the head.

Indiana the first to require an armed employee in every school?

April 6th, 2013 at 02:16PM by ssatterly

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Indianapolis, IN Indiana could become the first state in the U.S. to equire that there be one person during the day to be armed.

Middle school girl sent to the hospital after being beaten on the school bus

April 6th, 2013 at 02:01PM by ssatterly

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Springfield, MO A 12-year old student at Carver Middle School was violently attacked on a school bus, the latest in numerous instances of bullying for this young girl. Children at her school have made fun of her pimples, her size, and have chased her across the cafeteria, and gave her a standing ovation when she left. The attack on the school bus gave her a broken nose that required surgery.

School-shooting threat in Tempe

April 5th, 2013 at 06:14PM by ssatterly

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Tempe, AZ A 16-year old at Marcos de Niza High School has been arrested for making a terroristic threat against his school. The Tempe police received a report that the student had made a threat on social media to do a shooting on Tuesday morning, April 2, prompting them to arrest him at his home Tuesday morning.

CDC School Violence Statistics

April 5th, 2013 at 06:11PM by ssatterly

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School Safety Experts Blog The Rolla Daily News An article here provides some statistics from the Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control. As found in the article: "School associated violent deaths are rare — 17 homicides of school-age youth ages 5 to 18 years occurred at school during the 2009-2010 school year and of all youth homicides, less than 2 percent occur at school, and this percentage has been stable for the past decade." Follow the link for more statistics.

Student charged in school cafeteria attack

March 31st, 2013 at 07:28PM by ssatterly

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South Bend, IN A senior at Northridge High School was arrested and charged with battery and intimidation following an altercation in the school cafeteria.  During that fight, it was alleged that the attacker pulled a handgun, although there was not enough evidence to charge him with a gun crime.

A boy is burned on a school bus, charges filed

March 30th, 2013 at 11:46AM by ssatterly

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Florence, AZ Two 16-year old students at Apache Junction High School are being charged with misdemeanor assault after an incident on a school bus.  They lit a pencil eraser on fire and used it to burn a 13-year old student on his arm. The victim is a student at Cactus Canyon Junior High School, and kept the attack a secret for weeks because he had been threatened.

After voicing threats on a school bus, a student is removed in handcuffs

March 30th, 2013 at 11:23AM by ssatterly

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Fort Wayne. IN A student on a school bus threatened to bring a gun to Northrop High School.  He was taken off the bus in handcuffs.

A middle school teacher is attacked

March 30th, 2013 at 10:49AM by ssatterly

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Bluffton, SC A 12-year old at Bluffton Middle School struck his teacher in the head during class, sending her to the hospital for minor injuries. The student was taken into custody by the school resource officer, suspended, and was remanded into the custody of his parents.  Charges are being filed, and the student is being expelled.

6 children wounded, principal killed in grenade attack in Pakistan

March 30th, 2013 at 10:05AM by ssatterly

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Karachi, Pakistan A school in southern Pakistan was attacked by a man with a gun and hand grenades.  The attacker killed the school principal and wounded six children. The principal was in the process of passing out exam results when the attack occurred.

Students try to poison teacher with hand sanitizer

March 29th, 2013 at 07:19PM by ssatterly

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Newport News, VA Two 13-year old students at Hines Middle School were arrested and charged with attempted poisoning. Over the period of a couple of months, the two students put hand sanitizer in a 66-year old teacher's drinks. The school resource officer received a tip.

Chinese school knife attack leaves two dead

March 29th, 2013 at 05:27PM by ssatterly

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Shanghai, China A man named Zang killed his sister and his sister's mother-in-law at home, then went to a primary school and slashed 11 with a knife before being subdued by parents.  The students were being let out at the time, and the injured included parents and children. No motive is known at this time.

Vineland High Students Threatened School Shooting

January 7th, 2013 at 10:56PM by ssatterly

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Vineland, NJ Two different students made two different threats to bring guns to school and shoot others. A 17-year-old was overheard by a teacher saying, “Bang bang, I’m shooting everyone up here,” A 14-year-old allegedly said during lunch, “Friday is the end of the world. I am going to bring a gun to school and shoot this place up.

Carbon monoxide poisoning in Atlanta school reminds us of the importance of functional protocols

December 3rd, 2012 at 03:50PM by cdorn

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In a still-developing incident, a reported 43 students and 5 adults were overcome with carbon monoxide poisoning at an Atlanta elementary school this morning. This is an important reminder that there are a lot of other types of crisis events that could necessitate the evacuation of a school besides a fire.

Storm shows the importance of being ready to evacuate quickly

October 30th, 2012 at 03:43PM by rwilson

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The critical evacuation of New York University Langone Medical center required transportation of all 215 patients at the hospital to other facilities on Monday evening after the main generator and then backup power failed.

Business Continuity Planning for Schools

October 23rd, 2012 at 07:20AM by sshepherd

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It is now generally recognized that Business Continuity Planning is a vital activity. However, the c...

School Safety Tips by Dr. Sonayia Shepherd

October 16th, 2012 at 07:19AM by sshepherd

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Anyone can promote safety in school. While school safety assessments are important, maintaining a sa...

Parental Involvement and School Safety

October 9th, 2012 at 07:52AM by sshepherd

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Did you know that being actively involved in your child’s educational process can affect school safety? Children of involved parents typically have higher self-esteem and have fewer behavior problems in school.

Ohio Crash Kills 3 Teens, One on Graduation Day

June 3rd, 2012 at 10:07PM by ssatterly

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Cincinnati, OH A car carrying five teenagers went airborne as it sped over railroad tracks in northeast Ohio early Sunday and crashed, killing the 18-year-old driver hours before his high school graduation and two of his passengers, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. The other two passengers, one of them also an impending graduate, were hospitalized. Less than 13 hours after the crash, Brunswick High School students left empty seats covered with flowers at their graduation ceremony to remember driver Jeffrey Chaya and Kevin Fox, who was critically injured.

Violent School Bullying Sparks Outrage

May 31st, 2012 at 01:10PM by ssatterly

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Vallejo, CA Parents at Hogan Middle School in Vallejo are rightfully concerned for the safety of their children after recent incidents of violent bullying were caught on video and posted on the Internet. Ladonna Williams was outraged after watching footage of her 11-year-old daughter being brutally beaten by another Hogan Middle School student. Other students watched and cheered the fight, which occurred on campus more than a month ago.

Student Wounded in Shooting at Oakland High School

May 31st, 2012 at 01:00PM by ssatterly

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Oakland, CA An 18-year-old student was shot in the leg Wednesday as classes let out for the day at Oakland High School, police said. The teen was rushed to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition, said Oakland police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson. The boy's name was not released, and no one else was injured in the incident.

Suspect Arrested for Child Abduction Tried Taking Home Other Kids Before

May 26th, 2012 at 01:37PM by ssatterly

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Milwaukee, WI We're learning more about the woman accused of abducting a child from a Milwaukee school. The questions are swirling around Starms Early Childhood Center.  TODAY'S TMJ4 has identified the name of the suspect and TODAY'S TMJ4 is beginning to learn more about how she made her move.

Shooting Reported at Chapel Hill Elementary School

May 25th, 2012 at 03:22PM by ssatterly

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Chapel Hill, NC Chapel Hill police are responding to a reported shooting at Mary Scroggs Elementary...

Argument heard before teens shot, 1 fatally, in Shoreline

May 25th, 2012 at 03:16PM by ssatterly

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Shoreline, WA Detectives are trying to determine a motive for the shooting early Wednesday in Shore...

Student Fires Shot Inside Atlantic City Charter School

May 25th, 2012 at 12:06PM by ssatterly

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Atlantic City, NJ Two boys, 9 and 11, are facing charges of unlawful possession of a weapon after bringing a handgun to Oceanside Charter School in Atlantic City on Thursday. They were released to the custody of their parents Thursday evening. Police are still investigating whether any adults will face charges as well.

Students Suspended, Not Expelled for Bringing Knife to School

May 25th, 2012 at 11:31AM by ssatterly

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Lafayette, IN Two Prairie Crossing Elementary students will not get expelled for bringing a knife to school last Friday, Benton Community School Corp.Superintendent Destin Haas said Thursday. The student who was given the knife to hold was suspended four days from school, as was the student who brought the knife to school, Haas said.

Police Investigate Fatal Shooting

May 24th, 2012 at 07:20PM by ssatterly

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Albuquerque, NM Lockdowns have been lifted at Harrison Middle School and Adobe Acres Elementary. At noon, deputies were called to the 1400 block of Santa Rosa SW for reports of shots fired in the area. Upon arrival, deputies discovered a man in his mid 40s who'd been shot to death.

Another Underwear Bomb incident prevented

May 8th, 2012 at 12:54PM by cdorn

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Government officials have seized a bomb in Yemen that is similar to the one that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to use to blow up a plane in December of 2009.

Social media and schools

May 5th, 2012 at 06:00AM by cdorn

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While you can't always control what people are going to do or say on social media, NOT having a well-monitored page on each of the most popular social media networks can be a big mistake in today's electronic world.

Search Fails to Find Missing Girl, 12

May 3rd, 2012 at 01:51PM by ssatterly

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Police in western Indiana continue looking for a 12-year-old girl after officers used tracking dogs and a helicopter to search for signs of her around her family's home.