No Weapons Allowed At School

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Robin Lyons BlogSadly, I’ve asked this question too many times before… Have your children experienced bullying in school? Even sadder, most people will answer yes or acknowledge that they were bullied when in school.

This case research is a must-read for you and a conversation starter for you to have with your children.

BLOG POST #207: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving an 18-year-old bullied high school senior.

It was an autumn morning when the senior packed his books and inhaler in his backpack and tucked a switchblade in his pocket. He’d purchased the knife online and wanted it to protect himself against the boys who he said had bullied him for years.

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Bullying And School Violence

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Robin Lyons BlogDaily, school staff must deal with bullying, harassment, and discipline issues. These behavior-based problems make schools unsafe. Too often, the behavior problems push kids to retaliate with violence and self-destruction.

BLOG POST #206: This week, I’m sharing research on ways to make schools safer that don’t include changing gun laws.

It’s time to stop studying school violence and start doing something about eliminating it. I’m not arguing for or against gun rights. I’m pointing out that asking for gun law reform to reduce school violence isn’t working.

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BULLY-VICTIM SNAPS

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Robin Lyons BlogOctober is Bullying Awareness Month. As with most causes, every month should be Bully Awareness Month. Reported on www.stopbullying.gov, in 2017, 20% of students ages 12-18 experienced bullying.

Bullying is rampant. Consider this—if your child hasn’t been bullied, they may be a bully, participating in bullying, or be a silent witness.

BLOG POST #205: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a high school senior.

In middle school, he had long hair. It was about the same time when the bullying began. Kids threw stuff at him and called him derogatory names. He cut classes to avoid the bullies. Three times, his mother requested a transfer and was denied all three times. He attempted suicide.

SNAPPED

The bullying continued through high school until one day in history class, he snapped.

On that day, the bully-victim said, because he feared for his safety, he brought a switchblade to school. An argument turned to violence thirty minutes into history class. One boy punched the bully-victim several times. He felt alone and believed nobody would help him.  He stabbed two boys, one 15 and the other 16. The 15-year-old died from his injuries.

REACTIVE SOLUTION

Why do schools make improvements or update emergency procedures after a tragic event?

The school administration vowed to have random bag checks performed and screen students for metals with hand-held wands beginning the next day when classes resumed.

The Chief of Detectives said, “No question, the weapon would have been picked up by a metal detector.”

Hours after the stabbing, local police installed metal detection equipment at the school.

THE TRIAL

There was never a doubt as to who had stabbed the two boys. The bully-victim waited in the principal’s office for the police to arrive.

Almost two years after the stabbing, the bully-victim was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

At the trial, the District Attorney said, “The incident has forever traumatized the young students and school faculty who watched in horror the violence that unfolded that morning.”

A Supreme Court Judge sentenced the bully-victim to 14 years in prison for the manslaughter verdict and eight years for the assault verdict—sentences to run concurrently. After his release, he’ll be on probation for five years.

Worth mentioning: Both the murder victim’s family and the bully-victim’s family filed civil lawsuits against the school system. Both families felt the school did little to stop bullying.

Also worth mentioning: At the end of the school year, in which the stabbing occurred, the school closed its doors for good. During that troubling year, the school struggled with low performance, and they released the principal.

Here are some great bullying resources for parents: StopBullying.gov and Bullying Guide from DrugRehab.com.

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Source: Bronx County District Attorney, ABC7NY, AMNewYork, WNYC

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Truth or Dare: A School Threat

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BLOG POST #204: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a school threat.

Has your child’s school gone into lock-down mode because of a threat made against their school?

More and more, you hear about arrests for making threats. Kids make bold statements on social media. Other kids who’ve seen a threat are starting to become whistleblowers and it’s making a difference.

In the eyes of the law, it doesn’t matter if the threat is credible, retaliatory or a prank, it’s against the law.

When someone called the middle school and left a message threatening to kill everyone at the school on the first day back after the summer break, the police took the threat very serious.

They did a sweep for explosive devices at the middle school, and they increased the police presence at the school.

Two men suspected to have made the threats were apprehended. The police arrested both men. No evidence was found to substantiate the threat.

Dumb Stunt

It was reported, the two men had been playing ‘truth or dare.’ As a result, one called the school and left a threatening message.

The District Attorney’s office charged one of the men with obstructing a public officer, a misdemeanor.

The man who’d placed the threatening call later pleaded guilty to creating a terrorism hoax, which is a felony. He received a two-year prison sentence for his phone call prank. Upon his release, he’ll have three years of probation.

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Source: Norman Police Department Press Release, The Norman Transcript, CBS Oklahoma’s Own News 9

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Dangerous Predator

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #203: This week, I’m sharing research on a criminal case involving a school district human resources director.

Whether a person works for a school district or elsewhere—if they enjoy seeing children abused sexually, eventually, they’ll get caught and be arrested.

Child pornography is illegal. When it’s a school district employee who’s caught, that makes the crime even more despicable.

The 30-something man had worked for the school district for sixteen years. He began as a school teacher, then an assistant principal, and a middle school principal, but held the position of Human Resources Director at the time of his arrest.

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