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Should you become aware of a person who you believe may be a danger to someone at a school, NEVER attempt to handle the situation yourself. See or hear something – say something by REPORTING your suspicions to school administration or law enforcement.

If you’ve experienced school violence, have suicidal thoughts or know someone who needs help please call:

US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK (8255)

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Citizen’s Academy Part I

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Robin Lyons BlogAre you interested in how your law enforcement functions? Are you a mystery, suspense, or thriller writer who’d like to know about law enforcement? This post may be of particular interest to you.

BLOG POST #209: This week, I’m sharing information on a Citizen’s Academy I attended.

Most law enforcement agencies have a Citizen’s Academy. The one through my local sheriff department was a free sixteen-week course held one evening each week, plus one ride-along with a deputy.

Here’s what my course entailed and some of my notes:

  • Hiring process – Could you pass a background check? Possible not. They look at moving violations, at-fault vehicle accidents, convictions of any type…among many other considerations including dependability with past employers, job-hopping, quitting without notice, judgment, etc.
  • Training
  • Communications tour (dispatch center) – There’s a high rate of turnover in this department. Typical shifts are from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
  • Jail tour – This tour was unnerving. The inmates were in three large common areas separated by gang affiliations and/or how they got along with others. They watched us as we watched them. There were also isolation cells—all occupied.
  • Patrol functions
  • Calls for service
  • Laws of arrest
  • Search and seizure
  • K-9 presentation and demonstration
  • Narcotics
  • Use of force
  • SWAT presentation
  • Gangs
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Detectives presentation
  • Crisis negotiations
  • Office of Emergency Services presentation
  • Internet safety
  • Boat patrol and dive team – Our dive teams mostly make recoveries.
  • Rubicon patrol (4×4 trail in National Forest)
  • Property and evidence
  • Traffic stops (roll-play)

Have you ever wondered how officers function with all the stuff hanging off their duty belt? I have. The belt alone typically weighs 24 pounds! And the vest is another 3-4 pounds.

Before taking the course: Whenever I saw a vehicle pulled over by a patrol car—often two or three patrol cars for one citizen’s vehicle—I wondered why so many officers needed to respond. After taking the course: I understood. A single vehicle may have 2, 3, or even 4 hooligans in it, whereas patrol cars have one officer per vehicle.

The ride-along was quite interesting. I rode with a K-9 unit—a Belgian Malinois and very intimidating. We went on a call to a residence reportedly being broken into—I had to stay in the car. We went to a house where a vehicle matching the description of a stolen vehicle in the driveway had stolen license plates on it. The dog was used to smell around inside the car. And an arrest was made, another officer transported the person, we met them at the intake area. The person was super high on drugs, it was so sad.

There was so much more about this fantastic experience, but keeping in my preference to keep posts short, I’ll share more in a future post.

Worth Mentioning: If you have attended a similar program, it might be time to attend again. Things change, or like in my county, we have a new sheriff department facility. And they’ve added a morgue. Once the morgue is up and running, I’ll sign up for the course again.

What are your thoughts about the Citizen’s Academy? Join the conversation on the website. We talk about the sensitive subject of crimes occurring at or connected to schools.

Do you know of a school crime you’d like to share? Email me so we can discuss the details.

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Illegal Sex Acts

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Robin Lyons BlogIf you have children in school, I’m sure you’ll feel the same as I do about this case—thankful one more teacher who shouldn’t have been one in the first place is removed from the classroom.

BLOG POST #208: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a kindergarten teacher.

She’d been an elementary teacher for eight years when her ex-boyfriend was investigated for sexual battery against a child—his four-year-old daughter. His wife notified the authorities when their daughter told her what he’d done to her private parts.

A forensic examination of his electronic devices found two-year-old videos sent to him from his ex-girlfriend, the teacher.

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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.

What are your thoughts about this case? Join the conversation on the website. We talk about the sensitive subject of crimes occurring at or connected to schools.

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