Highlights of school safety, security, and crisis incidents and issues around the nation for the week of February 8-12, 2010:
Knoxville, TN: Elementary school principal and assistant principal shot multiple times allegedly by disgruntled fourth-grade teacher. When a fourth-grade teacher walked out of the Inskip Elementary School Principal’s office Wednesday knowing he wouldn’t have a job, police say he walked back in with a revolver and opened fire.
Also see these related stores: Alleged shooter’s brother: ‘Could not believe he was hired as teacher and Info investigators missed could have terminated Mark Foster in December
Omaha, NE: When rumors fly, contact schools Many Omaha parents’ cell phones were buzzing Tuesday as their high schoolers sent them text messages about rumors of gang-related violence. The recent shooting deaths of two local teenagers probably spurred speculation about the prospect of retaliatory shootings and prompted friends to text “be careful” warnings.
Louisville, KY: Two wounded in shooting after high school basketball game. Two young women are recovering from non-life threatening injuries after they were shot outside a high school near downtown Louisville.
Spartanburg, SC: Teen arrested in connection with school shooting. Police arrested a 16-year-old who was charged with multiple accounts in connection with shots fired as fans left a high school basketball game, striking the gym and the bottom of a door.
Dallas, TX: Brawls at Skyline brings security concerns to forefront Brawls involving dozens of students, some caught on local TV videotape, occurred outside a high school where over 50 teachers who were absent from school. School officials acknowledged there was not enough supervision.
Blaine, MN: Student linked to bullets in Blaine. A 15-year-old Blaine High School student is being investigated by police in connection with boxes of bullets that were found overnight at the school. School officials locked down the campus while police with bomb-sniffing dogs and school officials conducted a search of the school.
Madison, AL: Madison coming to grips with Discovery Middle School shooting. Follow-up story on the shooting death of a 14-year-old middle school student by another student in a suspected gang-related incident. Also see related story: School Superintendent Talks About Shooting
Denver, CO: Lawmakers toss out bill requiring school safety drills. Colorado lawmakers voted down a bill that would have required all schools in the state to have mandatory safety school drills.
Maine: State Police Offer Heightened Presence at Schools. Maine State Police are offering to spend more time around the state’s school buildings in a bid to prevent or reduce school violence.
Rockford, IL: District 205 students and parents frustrated with school violence. Dozens showed up for a second school violence meeting, taking matters into their own hands.
Columbus, OH: Neighborhood group questions security at East High School. The Near East Area Commission is questioning how two armed men got into East High School.
Albuquerque, NM: Parents concerned over lack of information during lockdowns. Frustrated parents flooded the newsroom phones because they couldn’t get information from either the school district or the police department.
Waterbury, CT: Cafeteria worker, girl, 13, suspended following fight. A food fight was followed by a 13-year-old girl throwing vegetables at a 55-year-old lunch aide, who walked up to the girl and threw vegetables in the student’s face.