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How much violence is there against Minnesota teachers?

Dan Baumann, Pioneer Press, December 9, 2015 Link here for graphs and charts Minnesota and Wisconsin lag behind the rest of the nation on teacher safety, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education. More than 6 percent of Minnesota teachers were reported to have been physically attacked by students during the 2011-12 school year, […]

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Our View: State guidance needed on school weapons policies

Editorial, Mankato Free Press, May 13, 2014 – Why it matters: The current patchwork of ‘zero-tolerance’ and other weapons policies are not serving districts well. The mess created in the Wells school district highlights the confusing mix of interpretations and policies regarding weapons in schools. Citing the district’s zero-tolerance policy, the United South Central School Board […]

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Despite emphasis on safety, school shootings continue

Kimberly Hefling, Associated Press (Pioneer Press), February 2, 2014 – There’s been no real reduction in the number of U.S. school shootings despite increased security put in place after the rampage at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. In Pennsylvania and New Mexico, Colorado and Tennessee, and elsewhere, gunfire has echoed through school hallways, […]

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Exploring school and gun safety since the Sandy Hook shootings

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, December 17, 2013 – A few Sandy Hook anniversary items for your consideration: In the wake of the Dec. 14, 2012, school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Minnesota lawmakers introduced 13 school safety bills — 14 if you count both the House and Senate versions of the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act. They […]

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After Connecticut school shooting, Minnesota districts boost security

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, December 12, 2013 – A year after gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 students and six adult staff members in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, some Minnesota schools are starting to look at a security in new ways. The measures vary from district to district, depending on […]

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As Minnesota schools enhance security, how much is too much?

Paul Levy, Star Tribune, September 2, 2013 – As students arrive at St. Paul public schools Tuesday, some will pass through new entrances that require card access once school is underway. There will be cameras, new motion detectors and an upgraded alarm system. Ten police officers and 40 contracted guards will patrol the district’s schools. Visitors to Anoka-Hennepin […]

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Newtown massacre: Have we already forgotten?

Star Tribune Editorial, April 6, 2013 – You remember the promises. We would never forget the horror of Newtown. We would do everything possible to ensure that it could never happen again. We would honor the victims with new laws designed to protect those who most need protection. Look at the faces. They could be your children, […]

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New Prague officials said they were prepared for the worst

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, March 21, 2013 – A middle-school student faces a juvenile detention hearing after police claim he phoned 911 and falsely reported a shooting at New Prague Middle School. Wednesday’s incident was just a hoax, but it offers a glimpse at how Minnesota schools are prepared to react to dangerous situations, something […]

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Rep. Kline hears concerns about school safety, funding

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, February 25, 2013 – Two months after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., school officials have struggled with how to increase security while keeping their schools open and welcoming. That dilemma also is on the minds of members of Congress, among them […]

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Dayton eyes low-key way to protect school kids

Jim Ragsdale, Star Tribune, January 26, 2013 – The grim but necessary subject of protecting schoolchildren from mayhem will be an unavoidable topic for the Legislature this year, and Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed budget takes the first crack at it. The massacre of 20 6- and 7-year-olds and six staff members at Sandy Hook elementary school […]

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