Safety Law News for April 9, 2019.
In Pennsylvania, school resource officers in the Erie School District will begin carrying Tasers in schools after receiving training. Under current policy, the Tasers will be used on intruders who enter school buildings and cause disturbances at events. Policy does not allow use on students except in an extreme case.
In Connecticut, the Connecticut State Police are training police and educators to train parents on the dangers of social media. The curriculum focuses on the risks of certain online apps and how keep juveniles safe online. The list of troublesome apps includes apps like Whisper, Sarahah, Burn Book, Hot or Not, Kik, House Party, TikTok, Fortnite, Minecraft, Roblox, Bumble, Grindr, Tinder, and Hidden Calculator.
In New York, a new agreement between the Lockport City School District and the City of Lockport will extend the SRO program into a 12-month job and increase funding to provide another officer. The school board approved the changes to allow the officers to more effectively build relationships and participate in school sponsored events.
In Ohio, school police and educators in southwest Ohio are receiving training on how to best combat the epidemic of vaping by students. The training program was created by two students from the Butler Technology and Career Development School. It includes advice such as watching for students who frequently complaining about headaches (a vaping withdrawal symptom), and extending prevention programs to elementary schools where children are at risk of flavored, nicotine-based inhalants.