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Safety Law News for October 18, 2017

In Kentucky, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky ruled that the handcuffing of two small children was an unconstitutional seizure and excessive force. The court also found, as a matter of law, that Kenton County officials were liable for the handcuffing. The judge has ordered a trial be held to determine money damages.

Since 2010, there has been an 87% increase in school threats across the country according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. More recently, the Internet has become the primary threat source. Officials in the Kansas City, Missouri area received a threat posted on Snapchat that referenced the recent Las Vegas shooting, warning students not to come to school.

In Delaware, parents in the Caesar Rodney School District in Camden are seeking answers about the district’s approach to handling violent situations after a video of an assault of a special needs student was posted on social media.

In Colorado, officials in the Fountain 8 School District have added a canine to its school safety team. The dog is a nationally certified narcotics detection dog and can identify marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and psilocybin mushrooms.

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