Safety Law News for January 10, 2019
In New York, a Long Island school district is negotiating an amendment to its SRO program to limit the role of school-based police officers. The goal is to prevent immigrant students from being detained and deported on questionable evidence of gang involvement.
In Kentucky, state lawmakers have introduced SB 1, the "School Safety and Resiliency Act." The legislation sets goals for hiring more resource officers and mental health professionals, mandates suicide prevention training for teachers and staff, and creates the statewide position of the "school security marshal."
In Alaska, the Anchorage School District is reviewing its policies in response to an increase in threats this school year. The school resource officer is given a primary role in conducting interviews, looking at video and having a talk with parents.
In Florida, Hall County Schools is launching a committee to address the growing use of vaping products among students. The goal is to “try to get parents and the community to see just how serious this issue is.” In some instances, students violating school policy have been found unconscious in bathrooms and transported to the local hospital.