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Safety Law News for February 26, 2019

February 27, 2019

• In North Carolina, the Boilings Springs Police Department is replacing the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office in the school resource officer program.  School officials said that having local officers on campus, familiar with the community, was making a real difference.

• In Texas, the Austin ISD is refusing to make public an audit of the school district police department.  A law firm conducted the audit for the district in 2018 after a grievance was filed against the police department.  School officials believe that the audit is confidential and protected by attorney client privilege.

• In Ohio, a Butler County judge indicated that he is inclined to side with officials from the Madison School District in a lawsuit filed by parents who challenged the new policy of arming teachers and staffers.

• In Florida, teachers in the Broward School District are eager for revised safety measures after a student tries to shoot a BB gun at school.  A counselor was the target of the sixth-grader’s anger, pulling the trigger twice, but the gun failed to fire.  The school district in August decided not to employ metal detectors after advice from consultant Michael Dorn, executive director of Safe Havens International wrongly led them to believe that it could create a liability issue. 

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