Bergen County task force urges sweeping changes to school security

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A task force charged with improving security at Bergen County schools recommended sweeping changes Thursday to how local districts identify and protect against possible threats.  The group, led mostly by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, urged schools to voluntarily adopt the proposals, which include creating teams to spot students with mental health issues, training school personnel on security plans and encouraging…

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What Are Active-Shooter Drills Doing to Kids? The psychological effects of realistic simulations could be dangerous

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There’s always at least one kid in tears, as they huddle under their desks in the dark. Still Beth Manias, an early-elementary literacy teacher outside of Seattle, tries to act upbeat and relaxed. “I have them whisper about their favorite candy, dinner, books, movies—whatever, as a distraction,” Manias told me. She tells the kids they’re practicing to stay safe in…

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In the year since Parkland shooting, a grieving mother and NJ native fights for school safety

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In the despair after the Parkland school shooting, a single devastating moment shook so many Americans — when grieving mom Lori Alhadeff took a reporter’s microphone, looked at the camera and shared her pain with the world. “The gunman, a crazy person, just walks into the school, knocks down the window of my child’s door and starts shooting, shooting her…

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School Lockdowns Could Have Psychological Effects on Children

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An analysis from the Washington Post found that more than four million children in the U.S. endured school lockdowns last school year. With each school shooting tragedy, schools have an exceptional reason to increase security measures to protect its students. But, are there ramifications to these measures? According to an analysis from the Washington Post, lockdowns can cause grave psychological damage for…

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Active Shooter Drills Are Traumatizing a Generation

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The day after Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a blaring alarm went off at the elementary school one block from my home. It was the middle of recess, and I saw confused first graders and slightly toughened fifth graders scramble toward their classrooms. I later discovered that I had witnessed the school’s first active shooter…

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‘This Is Not a Drill’: 11 Students on the Terror of Lockdowns

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School gun violence and the terror it creates have riveted America again since a gunman shot and killed 17 last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The public outrage has produced a new wave of protests, including walkouts in schools across the country on Wednesday. But acts of violence aren’t the only source of school terror. For each…

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Trump opposes ‘active shooter drills,’ references his own son

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(CNN)President Donald Trump grew indignant on Thursday in opposing “active shooter drills” in schools, making a rare reference to his own son as he described the practice as “crazy.” “Active shooter drills is a very negative thing, I’ll be honest with you,” he said at the White House. “I think that’s a very negative thing to be talking about. I don’t like…

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