Safety Law News for July 1, 2019
In Connecticut, the number of Manchester High School students who were arrested and referred to the juvenile justice system dropped sharply during the 2018-19 school year. Eleven Manchester High School students were arrested in school during the 2018-19 school — less than half of the previous school year’s 28 arrests. Local officials attribute the reduction to the implementation of restorative justice policies. More incidents are being handled internally by administrators.
In Kentucky, budget cuts are forcing officials in the Jefferson County Public Schools to eliminate the 17 Louisville Metro Police officers who were serving as school resource officers at some of the district's middle and high schools. No policies have been announced for school safety for the upcoming year.
In Arkansas, the Green Forest School District is implementing a comprehensive safe school plan. The plan combines changes to school buildings, including numbered hallways, mirrors to see around corners, special windows, and speed bumps. Several staff members have been armed. Each campus has a dedicated police officer.
In New Hampshire, the legislature passed HB 564, establishing gun-free school zones across the state. HB 564 forbids unauthorized individuals from carrying guns into schools, with exceptions for law enforcement, school resource officers, on-duty members of the armed forces and parents picking up kids - provided the gun remains in the motor vehicle.