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Mothers of Tornado Victims Sue Oklahoma Governor over School Safety Records

The mothers of two Moore schoolchildren who were killed in last year’s tornado have filed a lawsuit accusing Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin of violating the state’s open records law. The lawsuit was filed in Oklahoma County District Court on behalf …

Rate of School Shootings in U.S. Unchanged Amid Increased Security

There’s been no real reduction in the number of U.S. school shootings despite increased security put in place after the rampage at a Connecticut elementary school in December 2012 left 20 children and six educators dead. An Associated Press analysis …

Oklahoma Gov. Backs Statewide Vote on School Storm Shelters, Safety Upgrades

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin endorsed a proposal that would enable voters to weigh in on efforts to improve school safety and grant school districts a one-time increase in local bond limits to pay for storm shelters, safe rooms or other …

Asheville, North Carolina Approves Guns on Playgrounds Per State Law

Asheville City Council has approved an ordinance to allow people with concealed weapons permits to carry guns at city playgrounds. The move brings Asheville’s ordinances into compliance with a new North Carolina law. Council member Jan Davis said it was …

Police Offer Plan for Guns in Georgia Schools

Under a plan being discussed by a northeast Georgia school district, Colt 6920 M4 carbine rifles would be stored in safes inside schools to defend students in a school shooting. The weapons — one for each school — would be …

Report: Michigan School Safety Laws Routinely Ignored

Michigan laws meant to improve safety at schools are routinely ignored and state officials don’t know the scope of the problem, according to the results of a two-month investigation published March 11. Disaster drills aren’t being done, or are not …

New Jersey Insurance Fight Won’t Affect Schoolyard Case

A lawsuit filed by New Jersey officials against an insurance company will not affect payment of a settlement to the families of three college-bound friends who were murdered in a Newark schoolyard in 2007. The Star-Ledger of Newark reports the …

Arkansas State Senator Announces School Safety Bill

Arkansas Senator Missy Irvin of Mountain View announced she is drafting legislation to better prepare students and faculty in Arkansas for incidents of deadly school violence. Irvin said a goal of her legislation would be for schools to be able …

EMC Insurance Launches New School Safety Initiative

Des Moines, Iowa-based EMC Insurance Companies is partnering with SafeSchools to create safer learning environments for its insured schools. Schools insured by EMC will now have complimentary access to SafeSchools Training, a web-based safety training and compliance management system specifically …

Delaware Eyes Comprehensive School Safety Plans

Gov. Jack Markell is signing legislation aimed at making Delaware’s schools safer. A bill to be signed into law on Monday creates a statewide framework for comprehensive school safety plans known as the Omnibus School Safety Act. The act requires …