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State Legislation: Florida: Bulllying

- A new Florida law (formerly H.B. 669) prohibits all forms of bullying, including cyberbullying, at public primary schools in the state. Under the law, schools must adopt an antibullying policy and procedures for dealing with complaints of bullying. All complaints must be investigated promptly and each incident must be included in reports to the state education department.

Drug Testing for Teachers?

- Should teachers be subjected to random drug testing? That's a debate currently circulating through the U.S. court system, notes a Time analysis of the issue.

Quick Bytes: Bad Education

- About one-third of data breaches occur in the educational sector, according to a study by Madison, Wisconsin-based J. Campana & Associates, yet the industry comprises less than 1 percent of total organizations.

Man with Painted Face Kills Two Babies and One Adult at Belgium Nursery

- A man with a painted white face and blackened eyes walked into a Belgian nursery today and slaughtered two children and one adult with a knife, according to various media reports.

Virginia Tech Victim Was Decapitated, Say Police

- What was originally reported as a stabbing death at Virginia Tech has turned into something much more gruesome: the killer, Haiyang Zhu, decapitated his fellow female graduate student with a kitchen knife.

Another Murder at Virginia Tech; Mass Notification System Successful

- Nearly two years after the massacre at Virginia Tech, another violent tragedy has struck the Blacksburg, Virginia, campus.

Combining Town and Gown

- Universities have gone from shutting the surrounding community out to working with it to decrease crime and make the campus a more desirable place to be.

Study of Bullies' Brains Shows Enjoyment of Inflicting Pain

- Bullies may get pleasure from the pain they inflict on bullies. That's the finding of a study reported in the current issue of the journal Biological Psychology,according to The National Science Foundation.

Gunman Murders 9, Then Shoots Self at Finnish School

- Police had questioned the suspect yesterday regarding YouTube.com videos showing him shooting a handgun but determined not to terminate his gun license.

U.S. Federal Legislation: School Safety

- A bill (H.R. 2352) that would provide grants to schools to purchase security equipment has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee. The House of Representatives has not announced whether it will consider the measure.

Teaching School-Violence Prevention

- Schools must teach everyone from staff to parents how to recognize and respond to the warning signs of violence.

District Offers Security Lessons

- How one school district is improving the grade of its security, starting with its largest high school.

Elsewhere in the Courts: School Safety

- An Illinois appellate court has ruled that the parents of a child molested by her school bus driver can proceed with her lawsuit against the school. The school argued that it was not a common carrier and could not, therefore, be held liable for Green’s claims of negligent hiring, assault and battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. (Under state law common carriers are liable for the wrongdoing of employees regardless of whether that employee was acting within the scope of employment.) The court ruled that the school was not a common carrier but, because of the special nature of its relationship to students, it owed an even higher duty of care to the plaintiff’s daughter.
 




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