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October 06, 2017

Schoolwide Body Searches Lead to Criminal Charges for Sheriff, Deputies

A grand jury indicted a sheriff on criminal charges this week after a four-hour schoolwide sweep in which 40 uniformed officers from various law enforcement agencies did forced searches of about 900 students. The case has raised concerns about the rights of students.

September 20, 2017

Washington School Shooting Followed Familiar Patterns. Here's What We Know

While every act of school violence has unique attributes, the Freeman High School shooting follows some patterns that have been common in other attacks. What can be learned from it?

August 28, 2017

School Police May Once Again Get Military Equipment Under Trump Policy Reversal

The Trump administration will rescind Obama-era restrictions on local police agencies access to surplus military equipment, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. That might mean school police can once again get military equipment like grenade launchers and mine-resistant armored vehicles through the program, known as 1033.

June 23, 2017

How a Persistent Student Sounded the Alarm on Unsafe School Bus Drivers

A student journalist caught dozens of school buses on camera as they rolled through stop signs, spurring policy change. Here's what his work says about student engagement.

May 26, 2017

In Georgia, Schools More Likely to Hire Police With Troubled Pasts, Report Says

School police departments in Georgia hire police officers who were fired from previous jobs or who "resigned under the cloud of an investigation" at twice the rate of other local police departments, an investigation found.

May 16, 2017

Students Feel Safer at School; Fewer Incidents Reported, Federal Data Show

Rates of student victimization at school have fallen over the past two decades, federal data show. And fewer students report a fear of harm at school.

May 12, 2017

After 8-Year-Old's Suicide, Questions About a School's Handling of Peer 'Assault'

An 8-year-old Cincinnati boy died by suicide in January, two days after he fell to the floor in an elementary school bathroom after an incident police have called possible assault. The district released security footage, saying the incident had been incorrectly described in the media.

May 02, 2017

New York City Requires All Public Schools to Offer Students Single-Stall Restrooms

The nation's largest school district will require every public school to make a single-stall restroom available for student use to provide an option for transgender students, gender non-conforming students, and students with medical needs, the district said.

May 01, 2017

School Security Guard Pepper Sprays Student After Cell Phone Incident

The incident touches on larger discussions about the role of school security personnel in routine disciplinary issues and whether it's appropriate to carry pepper spray in school settings.

April 28, 2017

After 100 Days, Trump Pledge to End Gun-Free School Zones Is Unfulfilled

Trump's campaign pledge to end gun-free school zones "on day one" remains unfulfilled. It would require cooperation from Congress to change existing laws on guns in schools.

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