Peers judge peers

GavelThe idea behind zero tolerance for school violence is generally a good one.  But some states and local districts have taken their policies a little bit too far…

Hotline goes 21st century

PhoneHotlineI applaud the state of Missouri for taking one of my favorite ideas for deterring campus crime and violence…

Security expert offers valuable insights for schools

eSN's new security blog covers intrusion prevention, mass notification, anti-bullying measures, and more.
eSN's new security blog covers intrusion prevention, emergency notification, anti-bullying steps, and more.

Six things administrators can do to enhance the safety of their schools … two key ways to prevent bullying from occurring … how to control access to school buildings more effectively: These are some of the many nuggets of wisdom served up in a new eSchool News blog on school security.

Written by Patrick Fiel, public safety adviser for ADT Security Services and a former executive director of security for the Washington, D.C., Public School System, the blog offers valuable school safety insights every Tuesday and Thursday.

Fiel—who learned how to protect stakeholders’ safety during his 22 years of service in the Army Military Police Corps, where he had special assignments to the Pentagon, NATO headquarters in Belgium, and the West Point Military Academy—has been a go-to source for the media on public safety issues. During his time with ADT, Fiel has conducted more than 100 television, radio, newspaper, and magazine interviews as a public and school safety expert.…Read More

Keep the gates locked

LockedGateA group of eight high school boys armed with metal baseball bats recently attacked about 50 fourth and fifth grade students during recess at a Philadelphia elementary school.  At least 10 of the younger children were injured.

The district’s response? Cancel recess for several days.  That, in effect, punishes the younger children by denying them the chance to blow off some steam during the school day.  There is something wrong here.

My biggest concern is that a group of older bat-wielding kids were even able to get on the school grounds during regular class hours.  During the day, elementary school campuses need to be shut down to outside visitors unless they first register with the office.…Read More

Study: Young adults do care about online privacy

Young adults should be informed about online privacy, experts say.
Young adults should be informed about online privacy, experts say.

All the dirty laundry younger people seem to air on social networks these days might lead older Americans to conclude that today’s tech-savvy generation doesn’t care about privacy.

Such an assumption fits happily with declarations that privacy is dead, as online marketers and social sites such as Facebook try to persuade people to share even more about who they are, what they are thinking, and where they are at any given time.

But it’s not quite true, a new study finds. Despite mounds of anecdotes about college students sharing booze-chugging party photos, posting raunchy messages, and badmouthing potential employers online, young adults generally care as much about privacy as older Americans.…Read More