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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #198: This week, because a new school year will soon begin (if yours hasn’t already), I’m sharing information on school safety.

With the new school year upon us, there has been a lot of talk on the news about bulletproof backpacks or ballistic backpacks. They also have inserts to make the pack even more impenetrable.

Some schools and businesses are installing emergency response shields near the fire extinguishers and AEDs (Defibrillators). The shields are smaller but similar to what you see law enforcement holding in front as they approach a scene when gunfire is occurring. There are also inserts that can be added to backpacks.

Until schools are safe, protecting your child with bulletproof, bullet-resistant gear may be the way you want to go. If so, be sure to do your homework, so you don’t purchase something with inferior effectiveness that gives you and your child a false sense of security.

I’m not an affiliate, but one company I’d recommend is Hardwire LLC. They’ve been making products for the military and law enforcement for 20 years—and have added products for schools and students. They’re currently running a Back-to-School sale on backpack inserts.

Conversations With The Kiddos

Internet access has provided children with news they previously might not have known about. Parents must assume their child has heard about school shootings. Here’s an excellent resource: The National Education Association asked the National Association of School Psychologists for advice on How To Talk To Students about school shootings and other traumatic events.

Violence Prevention

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has an Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence available for free. In the introduction, they wrote, “When establishing threat assessment capabilities within K-12 school, keep in mind that “there is no profile of a student attacker.” I feel certain parents of school shooters would say they had no idea their child could kill. Although I found the guide to be another excellent resource, talk is cheap. Schools must “walk-the-talk” and DO what their policies say they’ll do. Does your child’s school have a Threat Assessment Team?

Tips For Parents

Lastly, I recently published an article on Back to School Tips for Parents. Easy things you can do to help your child survive the turbulent school years.

Join the conversation on the website. We talk about the sensitive subject of crimes occurring at or connected to schools. Your relevant comments are always welcome on the Research Blog.

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

Wishing you and your students a happy school year. Stay vigilant!

Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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Self-Serving School Administrator

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #196: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving an Assistant Director of Academics at a junior-senior school.

Have you ever donated money to a school fundraiser? Maybe you’ve volunteered to help raise funds for a particular school project or activity. If so, this greedy person’s dirty deed will make you angry.

Schools don’t have a lot of fluff in the budget. In this case, there was a generous budget that was partly funded through donations.

Unchecked Responsibilities

A 40-something ex-middle school principal was the new Assistant Director of Academics at a school with approximately 1,000 students in grades 7-12.

One of her assignments was to coordinate an academic trip in December of her second school year to Finland for 18 staff members. She had a budget of $150,000.

A few months before the Finland trip, the School Director asked the Assistant Director of Academics about some irregularities in the budget. She resigned after being confronted with the disparities. The Director called the local authorities and then arranged for an audit.

Criminal Acts

After an accounting audit determined she’d embezzled more than $100,000 from the school, the authorities arrested her four months after she’d submitted her resignation.

She was charged with numerous counts of dealing in stolen property, passing forged documents, credit card fraud, money laundering, and grand theft.

The Finland trip had come in under budget by $55,000. She opened several PayPal type accounts in different names to funnel money from the school to her personal banking account.

Bank records showed she’d purchased home furnishings and paid off her debt with the school’s money. She used school credit cards to buy luxury items and travel while carefully submitting false invoices from fictitious businesses to match her expenditures.

No Trial

With plenty of evidence against her, she pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree grand theft, one count of money laundering, and one count of scheme to defraud.

A circuit court judge sentenced her to four years in prison and required her to pay more than $105,000 in restitution to the school. Plus she must serve three years of probation after her release.

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. Your relevant comments are always welcome on the Research Blog.

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

Thanks for reading!

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Death Journal

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Robin Lyons blogBLOG POST #193: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving two 17-year-old high school students.

All it takes is an anonymous call and an astute Sheriff’s Office to thwart a potential school attack.

The tipster had seen one of the student’s journal entries detailing the plot against their school. Much of the evidence presented in court came from the students’ journals. Both teens had an obsession with the Columbine High School shooting and the perpetrators.

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Math Teacher Goes To Prison

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #192: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a 40-something high school algebra teacher.

To combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation, the U.S. Department of Justice launched Project Safe Childhood in May 2006…. For more information -> Project Safe Childhood

Looking for Pedophiles

An FBI undercover agent posted on a popular messaging app, Kik, frequented by people who have pedophile interests—the app is still in use.

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Dumb Stunt On Snapchat Sent Two Teens To Prison

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #191: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving two teens who thought a fake school threat would be funny.

Not Funny

The two boys, one age 18 and the other 19, previously attended the high school they targeted. But it was all to pull a prank on a friend.

They created a Snapchat account in the friend’s name. Grabbed some photos from the friends’ social media accounts and posted them to the fake Snapchat account. One photo was of the friend holding a gun—another person’s gun.

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