In Pennsylvania, the Tamaqua Area School Board unanimously approved a policy that would allow teachers, administrators and other staff to carry a firearm in school. Tamaqua has never had a uniformed officer. School officials believe arming staff is a better way to go. The teachers union and parents are not in support of the policy.
In Indiana, ever since three children were struck and killed boarding their school bus in Rochester, Indiana, concerns about school bus safety have been heightened. Officials in Hobart, Indiana are implementing the “Stop Arm Violation Campaign.” The policy deploys police officers on school buses with orders to issue citations that require violators to appear in court.
In North Dakota, officials in the Bismarck Public Schools are responding to the increase in student use of e-cigarettes. Armed with data by the Federal Food and Drug Administration that one Juul pod has the same amount of nicotine as a pack of cigarettes and that the developing adolescent brain is particularly vulnerable to nicotine addiction, educators are issuing citations, educating students, and notifying parents.
In Virginia, the Chesterfield County School district held a School Safety Task Force meeting to discuss ways to keep students safe while in school. One recommendation, to increase the number of law enforcement officers on campus, is not popular with some parents.