In The School Storage Shed

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Robin Lyons Blog PostBLOG POST #188: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a school custodian.

A school is a finely tuned machine, running on less and less funding. Everyone has a job to do, and if there’s spare time, then chances are good that position will see the hours cut in the next school year.

The 40-something custodian, in this case, had way too much free time or wasn’t doing a very good job. What he did make time for was to set up an explosion-prone “one-pot” methamphetamine lab in a storage area on the K-12 campus with approximately 1,000 students in high school, middle school, and elementary grades.

What goes into making meth? Garden fertilizer, water, lye, solvents, cold-flu pills, ammonia, and lithium batteries in an empty plastic soda pop bottle. When the ingredients aren’t mixed in the right amounts, it can result in causing a fire, explosion, and death.

When the news broke about a meth lab on campus, parents were upset about the “meth lab” but also angry that when the lab was discovered the students hadn’t been evacuated.

After pleading guilty to making meth inside a school, the judge sentenced the former custodian to six years in prison.

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A Typical Morning At The Home Of A School Shooter

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #185: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a middle school student who planned to kill people.

PLOTTING

Leading up the school shooting, the 13-year-old student had searched the internet using the terms Columbine, Sandy Hook, school shooting memes, what was the largest mass shooting in America, and he also searched for a blueprint of his middle school. The school had approx., 1,300 6th-8th grade students.

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A Teacher’s Meticulously Designed But Reprehensible Scrapbooks

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #183: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving an eighth-grade middle school teacher.

If you’ve read some of my posts, you’ll know I feel school administrators often drop the ball when it comes to disciplining their staff. In this case, I applaud the school administrator’s swift actions.

Risky Business

He’d been a teacher for more than 25 years. Four years with the middle school.

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Unsafe Learning Environment

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #180: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving the repeated bullying of a 13-year-old student. (Helpful resources at the bottom)

The homepage of the school’s website states, “Provide a safe and secure learning environment where students are able to work towards reaching their maximum potential.”

School mission statements need to be an action plan, not a sales pitch.

Mean Girls

A note wadded into a ball was thrown at the teen—“bitch” had been written on the paper.  On the bathroom wall, someone had penned she and her sister were “ugly as f—”

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Shooting In First Period

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #178: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a 12-year-old middle school student.

I haven’t experienced a school lockdown, but I imagine it’s frightening. Even the toughest kids most likely become fearful when their classroom door is locked, the windows covered, and they’re told to huddle in a corner.

Making it even scarier is how long it takes to hear “all clear.” Kids can be held in classrooms for many hours. There may be a crime scene to process, there may be an assailant roaming the halls, key people may have been harmed causing the best emergency preparedness plans to become derailed. Meanwhile on the perimeter, parents become frantic with worry.

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