March 2020 was the first March without a school shooting in the U.S. since 2002

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March 2020 was apparently the first March in nearly two decades without a school shooting in the United States. Schools across the U.S. have been shut down since early March as a prevention measure to slow the spread of coronavirus. Since then, kids of all ages have adjusted to homeschooling and online classes — a new normal that could extend through the rest of the…

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Brooklyn Jewish school installs bullet-resistant classroom doors

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The installation at Bnos Menachem started last week. An Orthodox girls’ school in Brooklyn has installed bullet-resistant classroom doors to keep out shooters. Bnos Menachem in the heavily Hasidic Crown Heights neighborhood is the first of more than 50 Jewish schools and synagogues in Brooklyn to have the 150-pound metal doors installed by an Israel-based manufacturer, the New York Post reported Saturday.…

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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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‘What if someone was shooting?’

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Locked behind their green classroom door, MaKenzie Woody and 25 other first-graders huddled in the darkness. She sat on the vinyl tile floor against a far wall, beneath a taped-up list of phrases the kids were encouraged to say to each other: “I like you,” “You’re a rainbow,” “Are you ok?” In that moment, though, the 6-year-old didn’t say anything…

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Please Excuse My Child From Class Today

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As a followup to this story, something has to be changed in the way we walk our children through how to behave during an active shooter situation. It’s not just about sheltering them from the ‘harsh reality’ of the world, it’s about changing their perception of risk from something that will ‘eventually happen’ to feeling like it is a 1 in a million…

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