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School shootings: 2024’s figures are in line with recent surges

Last year, there were a record 346 incidents of a K12 school shooting. In 2024 alone, there's been nearly one a day and at least 37 people have been wounded or lost their lives.

Department of Education: How principals can support gun storage safety

"As school principals and district administrators, you have credibility in your community and trust in your schools and districts that uniquely position you to help save lives," U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona wrote in a letter.

Leaders are placing fewer SROs and armed officers in schools, report finds

New data from the National Center for Education Statistics breaks down safety and security trends from the 2021-22 school year.

School shootings hit record high in 2023 as upward trend continues

There were at least 346 school shootings during 2023, surpassing the previous year's 308 and 2021's tally of 256, according to the K-12 School Shooting Database.

SROs share how schools can minimize disruptions caused by swatting hoaxes

"When schools close or evacuate for a communicated threat that isn't credible, the perpetrators get exactly what they want," said Mo Canady, executive director for the National Association of School Resource Officers.

Addressing school safety’s ‘wicked problem’: Guns at school

Data suggests that we've already surpassed last year's record-high 305 incidents of a shooting occurring on school grounds. This expert says school leaders "have an obligation" to prepare for and prevent these inevitable situations. "We're not going to solve a problem with a technology or hardware product," he says. "Any security technology and target hardening will only be as good as the weakest human links behind them."

Analysis: Why we’re seeing more guns confiscated in K12 schools

Over the last five full school years, 47 of the nation's largest school districts saw a 79% spike in guns found on campus, according to a new analysis from The Washington Post.

4 things to consider before purchasing surveillance technology for schools

The edtech surveillance industry has boomed in recent years for obvious reasons. But researchers argue that the industry is playing on the fears of K12 districts in the wake of school shootings and other threats.

3 ways social media threats are disrupting K12 school operations

From direct social media attacks to online harassment toward school district employees, administrators are working closely with local law enforcement to keep students safe. Here's what's happened over the past week.

Superintendent’s Playbook: Why school safety as a shared responsibility works in this district

In March of 2022, a 15-year-old Eisenhower High School student shot and killed his cousin in the northeast corner of the parking lot after school. During the incident, miscommunication from security led the other students even closer to the active shooting. It was then clear to this leader that they needed a unified approach to safety.

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