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Making Schools A Safer Place
The Killeen Daily Herald has a story about a Harker Heights Police responding to an incident where a student stole a handgun from his parents and was feared to be heading to school with the weapon.
The Harker Heights police learned that the boy returned home from school, stole a gun and then disappeared when they received a call around 8 a.m., a department news release stated Tuesday.Incidents like this are pretty dramatic. Fortunately, they are on the decline according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Their publication Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2009 contains this bit:
They notified police with the Killeen Independent School District, who placed extra officers at entrances in case the boy returned to school.
"We were just afraid he was going back to the school," Harker Heights Lt. Loretta Fox said Tuesday. "Nobody knew where he was; that was the problem."
Between 1993 and 2007, the percentage of students who reported carrying a weapon on school property declined from 12 to 6 percent; generally, however, the decline was gradual as no differences were detected survey year to survey year.Schools have done a good job in improving their security practices over the years. Changes to physical security such as restricting access to campuses as well as increasing student awareness and reporting of potentially violent incidents have likely improved the security climate for schools.
Law enforcement agencies and schools need to develop good working relationships to prevent these rare events from turning tragic. Years ago it wasn't uncommon for a school not to report potentially dangerous situations or even criminal incidents to local law enforcement. Now, most districts will report these types of incidents to law enforcement rather that just trying to handle it themselves. This type of partnership is a good thing, both for the community and for the students.
What actions has your agency taken to partner with your local school district? Has the local school district been receptive to them?