As gun debate roils on, teachers in this Texas school are already armed

In the days since a 19-year-old gunman stormed onto his former high school campus in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 people with an AR-15 assault rifle, the nation has been embroiled in a debate over what to do about school violence: How do you make it stop?
Here at Argyle High School, they already have an answer to that question: The teachers are packing handguns.
A sign outside campus warns: "Please be aware that the staff at Argyle [Independent School District] are armed and may use whatever force is necessary to protect our students."

Fla. school officer waited outside building for 4 minutes as killings happened, sheriff says

A Marjory Stoneman Douglas school resource officer has been suspended without pay after Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said video shows him taking up a defensive position during the shooting but never entering the school.

Israel announced Thursday that the decision to suspend Deputy Scot Peterson was made after reviewing video from the shooting and taking statements from witnesses and Peterson himself, Israel said.

“He should have went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer,” Israel said.

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NH schools train for emergencies, will soon see security upgrades

For state leaders, protecting children in New Hampshire's schools is a top priority.

New Hampshire Homeland Security director Perry Plummer said New Hampshire has some of the safest schools in the country but every precaution needs to be taken so schools are ready for anything.

"I don't know of any state that's done more than we have post-Sandy Hook," Plummer said.

New Hampshire is investing $20 million to improve safety at over 300 schools.

He said he hopes that someday all schools will get the money needed to make upgrades.

NH teachers union rejects idea of arming teachers

New Hampshire educators are pushing back against a suggestion from the president that teachers be armed in the wake of a mass shooting at a Florida high school.

Seventeen people were killed last week in the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. The wake of the shooting, President Donald Trump and some others have pushed the idea of arming some teachers.

"The only way you're going to get it fixed is you need a certain degree of offensive power within the school," Trump said.

L.A. Snitch Program a Diversion from Utter Failure of Disarmament Laws

“The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to create a program that would offer a $1,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to the recovery of an illegal firearm,” Brentwood Patch parroted, noting the measure was approved 15-0.

Authorities say good Samaritan with a gun thwarts attack on a police officer in Utah

Authorities say a good Samaritan with a handgun thwarted a savage attack on a police officer in Utah.

The good Samaritan in question is Derek Meyer, who told Salt Lake City Fox-affiliate KSTU-TV that he was driving on Main Street in Springville, which is about 50 miles from Salt Lake City, when he spotted police lights — and a man walloping a police officer.

The incident happened about 2 p.m. on Friday, police said. An officer on patrol saw a pair of feet dangling out of a bin for Tabitha's Way, a local food pantry that hosts a clothing recycling program.

US to Test Facial Recognition Scanners on People in Moving Vehicles

On Thursday the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced plans for a new pilot program that will test out biometric facial recognition technology as part of an effort to identify fugitives or terror suspects. The Austin-American Statesman reported on the announcement:

Boston Police used social media surveillance for years without informing city council

In December 2016, the Boston City Council held a hearing to discuss the Boston Police Department’s plan to spend $1.4 million on a social media surveillance system. Police Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald and Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) director David Carabin spoke of their commitment to transparency but did not provide any specific details about the software. After news of the plans became public, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans explained, “We’re not going after ordinary people.

Tennessee Deputy Who Suffered Panic Attack After Firing At Unarmed Man Had Track Record of Lying and Incompetence at Previous Police Department

How unqualified does an aspiring deputy have to be before the Sevier County Sheriff's Department won't hire him?

In October Reason covered the story of Justin M. Johnson, a deputy in Sevier County, Tennessee, whose bodycam caught him firing wildly and without warning at an unarmed man who had been filming him. The footage then shows Johnson suffering a severe panic attack. The man doing the filming has since been charged with assault for causing the deputy's panic.

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