Tag Archive | schools

Neat School Security infographic

A reader sent me a link to this infographic, talking about school security, a topic I’ve followed pretty extensively.

It provides a pretty neat summary and bullet points about the challenge of security in schools and a history of violence in schools.

I think it provides some good context. It’s from Security Degree Hub:

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Security Degree Hub

Back to class in the Valley

Yesterday was a bittersweet milestone in my family. My baby sister, 10 years younger than me and my older sister, started her senior year of high school.

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She apparently gave my mom a hard time about taking the photo, but then after Facebook became flooded with traditional first-day pics of her classmates, posted by their moms – she calmed down.

My little girl is growing up!

If I could say one thing to her and her schoolmates, it’s: enjoy it. You can’t get it back later. And it’ll go so fast,

Have a great year to all students returning to classes’

“Bubble Gun” story goes viral

hello+kitty+bubble+gunAn incident first reported in the Daily Item has officially gone viral.

Numerous news outlets – including The Huffington Post, the New York Daily News, ABCNews (and GMA) and FOX News just to name a few – picked up on the story of a young girl suspended after “threatening” her friends with a Hello Kitty bubble gun (similar to the one pictured).

[Note: The Huffington Post article cites and links to the Daily Item coverage too!]

The school says she made legitimate threats; her mother and lawyer say she’s just a 5-year-old girl saying things that she doesn’t fully understand.

The story has attracted numerous reactions, both in support of the young girl and the school, with both sides citing recent events – some saying that school shootings have left the public oversensitive, while others say you can’t be too careful these days.

A Facebook post we did on the subject got 94 comments.

So now, the question is, what do you think?

School security changing

Associated Press file photo

Associated Press file photo

School security is changing – and here in the Valley we have examples of all kinds:

  • In Milton, they’re considering re-instating a school resource officer in the middle of the first school year since 1999 without one.
  • In Shamokin, they’re installing metal detectors.
  • In Line Mountain, they want to allow teachers to carry guns
  • In other districts, they’re not sure.

Read more about all of this on dailyitem.com.

I’ve been covering this topic and I’m all kinds of torn up about how schools should proceed.

I like the idea of school resource officers, but that costs a lot of money, and, as was pointed out after the NRA’s call for more armed guards in schools, Columbine had one.

However, I’m not sure MORE guns in schools is what we really need. What kind of example is that setting?

So I’m asking for what you think – how can we make schools safer?

2012 review: What the Valley was talking about

fonito2012 has been a doozy, but now it’s on to bigger and better things – I hope!

Here’s a look through my eyes at some of the biggest stories in our area for 2012:

What were your big stories of the year?

Bonus photos: Warrior Run SB crowd

Here’s some crowd shots from the Warrior Run school board last night.

Things got really heated and  culminated in a walk out by teachers. In addition to teachers, many in the crowd were students.

I was surprised by just how many students there were … I would say at least 20-25.

Here’s my coverage of the meeting.

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Were you there? What did you think?