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One school district wants funding to expand mental health services. The district next door wants to hire more school resource officers. Another neighboring district wants both.

Ohio Surveys Schools On Safety Measures

Sep 14, 2018
Active shooter simulation training at Wadsworth High School in Northeast Ohio in June 2017.
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Thousands of Ohio schools have responded to a voluntary survey about school safety measures that will be used to help craft recommendations for state policymakers to consider next year.

West High in Columbus with Operation Fix It sign
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Columbus City Schools made updates in several buildings this summer to improve student comfort and safety.

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Ohio’s top law enforcement official is offering two things to school districts statewide to enhance their safety plans for their buildings. The goal is to make schools safer if a school shooting occurs.

The Trump administration's school safety commission held its first public listening session Wednesday, a day after the panel's chair, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that the commission wouldn't focus on guns.

Alessia Modjarrad, a graduating high school senior from Montgomery County, Md., spoke at the day-long event at the Education Department in D.C. She said the few solutions being offered by the administration were "misguided and insufficient."

A bill to strengthen and standardize training for school resource officers is on its way to the Senate. The legislation includes funding for schools so they can pay for officers to get that training. 

Newark City Schools

Newark City Schools are the first district in the U.S. to purchase a new local system to help civilians treat injuries resulting from school shootings.

An educator prepare to enter the shoot house, which is meant to simulate a hallway, doors and corners of a school.
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Thousands of Ohio students held demonstrations Wednesday pushing for stricter state and federal gun laws in order to make their schools safer, but one Ohio Board of Education member believes school security issues should be handled at the local level.

Students rally at Ohio Statehouse to protest for safer schools and gun control.
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

About 200 of the Ohio students who walked out of their high schools this morning made their way to the Statehouse. They are activists turned student lobbyists who urged lawmakers to pass or reject some gun bills under consideration. 

Democratic candidate for Ohio Attorney General, Steve Dettlebach, left, and Republican candidate Dave Yost, right.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Politicians and advocates have been sounding off nationwide about what the country should do about gun control policies in the wake of the mass school shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida. 

A bulletproof backpack insert developed by Stow-based Shotstop Ballistics.
Shotstop Ballistics

An Akron-area company that produces ballistic armor has seen a large increase in interest in a bulletproof insert for backpacks.

Franklin County Jail

A Beechcroft High School student was arrested Sunday after reportedly making a threat against the school on social media.

Police say Deandre Fleming, 18, faces one count of inducing panic, a second-degree felony.

Adora Namigadde

Columbus City Schools have an increased police presence in several of its schools Friday following social media threats that have been made this the week.

Since last week's school shooting in Parkland, Fla., the number of threats of violence against schools across the country has increased.

Educators School Safety Network says it recorded about 50 threats a day on average since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed.

The Ohio-based national organization that tracks school threats says that compares to about 10 threats a day on average.

Active shooter simulation training at Wadsworth High School in Northeast Ohio in June 2017.
Phoebe Petrovic / ideastream

Ohio state law prohibits firearms inside school buildings, but school boards have the right to give individuals permission to conceal carry.

At the Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response or FASTER training, educators prepare in case of an active shooter. On the third and last day, participants go through an active shooter simulation.

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