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A part-time school security guard in Texas was caught on camera breaking a male student’s arm while stopping a fight last month. Officer Stephen Rivers, of the Beaumont School District Police, worked at West Brook High School in Beaumont. On cell phone footage taken March 7, Rivers can be seen snapping a teen’s arm while […]
After ramping up security at all of its elementary schools last summer, the Anoka-Hennepin School District is making plans to do the same at all secondary schools this year. The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 prompted the district to make schools harder targets for someone who wants to cause harm. “Our secondary schools – our high schools and middle schools – have had an advantage in the past over elementary schools,” said Chuck Holden, chief operations officer for the district, in a presentation to the school board Feb. 24. These schools share police liaison officers and boast multiple security cameras, and all of the high schools have some system for keyless entry currently in place, according to Holden. After input from local law enforcement, the district added vestibule entrances, a system that scans driver’s licenses and keyless entry points in all 24 elementary schools, two early childhood centers and a special education center in 2013. Now, staff recommends those same modifications be implemented in secondary schools this spring and summer. Anoka Middle School for the Arts and Roosevelt Middle School in Blaine are the only two schools of the district’s 11 regular secondary schools that require the construction of vestibules. In total, Holden estimates the cost of secondary security modifications will be close to one million dollars. The money will come from the existing capital budget, funds that typically finance routine replacements – windows, ceiling tiles, carpets, etc. Those replacements will be held off for […]
Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., one year ago, local school districts have been making changes and improvements to ensure student safety. Soon after the shooting, the Ogden School District, Weber School District and Davis School District started to examine safety procedures. Each district changed and fine-tuned procedures. "It’s natural to reflect on our own security and what can be done," Weber School District spokesman Nate Taggart said. Officials in the Davis and Weber districts said they looked at better ways to work with the several police departments in their districts. District officials sat down with officers from each police jurisdiction to come up with some standard protocols. "When you are dealing with children that can’t defend themselves in chaos, consistency is key to preserving the safety of our kids," said Kaysville Police Chief Sol Oberg. Leaders in the Weber and Ogden school districts also looked to parents for help and input. The Davis School District recently held a mock disaster drill, and Ogden School District safety administrator Zac Williams said a mock disaster drill is possibly on the horizon for his district. Davis School District Fairfield Junior High School in Kaysville came to a standstill Wednesday afternoon after an announcement came over the intercom that the school was in the midst of a lockdown. (It was, of course, only a drill.) Several minutes passed before 11 police officers from Kaysville, Layton and Syracuse, along with three K-9 dogs, began checking locked […]
By Arturo Garcia Friday, November 22, 2013 17:40 EST Forensic expert tells CNN there’s missing footage from dead Georgia teen’s gym [CNN] At least an hour of footage is missing from each of the four surveillance cameras at Kendrick Johnson’s high school, and the original footage showing how the Georgia teenager died might be gone, CNN reported on Thursday. “Those files are not original files,” forensics video analyst Grant Fredericks told CNN. “They’re not something investigators should rely on for the truth of the video.” CNN enlisted Fredericks in order to analyze more than 290 hours of video it acquired from Lowndes County High School, where the 17-year-old was found dead in the gym in January. Local officials initially determined that he died from asphyxiation after getting trapped inside a gym mat, an argument his family has rejected. An independent autopsy ordered by the victim’s family found the cause of death to be “unexplained, apparent non-accidental, blunt force trauma.” But while the Lowndes Public Schools district told CNN the video it provided was “a raw feed with no edits,” Fredericks disagreed, saying it was “altered in a number of ways, primarily in image quality and likely in dropped information, information loss. There are also a number of files that are corrupted because they’ve not been processed correctly and they’re not playable. I can’t say why they were done that way, but they were not done correctly, and they were not done thoroughly. So we’re missing information.” Specifically, two of […]
If students at Clawsons schools were unsure if they were being watched as they made their way through the hallways, they can be sure now. A plan to install 42 more security cameras and upgrade the schools monitoring systems that was approved by the Clawson School Board in May was recently completed, and should give school administrators an improved vantage point when it comes to school security, said Ryan Velzy, the technology director of the Oakland Intermediate School District. The new system will allow administrators to monitor what happens inside a building and especially outside of facilities, he said. We conducted audits with the principals of each building do that we could find out what the specific needs were. Monique Beels, superintendent of Clawson Schools, said the former system was outdated and needed to be replaced. Im not sure how old some of the cameras were, but many of them were too old to be (repaired), she said. We needed a system that can provide the security we need at the schools. With this system, administrators can monitor the hallways from their offices, and if they see that something is wrong, they can address it immediately. The upgrades began at the schools during the summer and work was completed at the end of October, Beels said. The new equipment, monitoring systems and installation cost $157,900; the district used money from its technology fund to make the upgrades. The new high-tech system allows administrators to monitor whats happening in […]