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    School shootings: 120 attempted assaults on America's schools thwarted over 10 years

    School shootings: 120 attempted assaults on America's schools thwarted over 10 years


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    Posted: 12/19/2012
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    • By: LEE BOWMAN Scripps Howard News Service

    Alongside the tragic toll of school shootings from Columbine to Virginia Tech to Newtown, Conn., stands another list that offers some hope.

    More than 120 attempted or planned assaults on schools nationwide were halted by authorities without loss of life by students or school staff, including three in Arizona.

    See our interactive map of the school locations embedded below.


    The list, compiled between 2000 and 2010 by Cleveland-based National School Safety and Security Services, is based almost entirely on contemporary media reports. It is not comprehensive, but represents a sampling of what were likely many hundreds more unpublicized threats blocked before harm could be done.

    “The good news is that schools have become much better at averting these incidents since Columbine and Sandy Hook,’’ said Ken Trump, president of the school security consulting group. “The bad news is that we will always have incidents that will slip through the cracks when you’re dealing with human behavior.”

    “I daresay there are many more instances that have occurred around schools that never get reported publicly for various reasons,’’ added Mo Canady, executive director of the National Association of School Resource Officers, which supports law enforcement officers assigned to schools.

    A review of the 121 incidents shows the majority of threats to the schools involved actual or intended use of guns (55 instances) or explosive devices (22), with the rest not specified.

    The reports indicate most of the threats were blocked by police investigations or law enforcement interventions at the schools when an assault was already underway. School administrators, counselors, school resource officers, even janitors and cafeteria workers, foiled at least 19 threats.

    In Olive Hill, Ky., early in 2002, a 12-year-old middle school student briefly held another male student hostage at gunpoint in a hallway. The school resource officer was able to end the incident without any injuries.

    In September 2006, a student told a school resource officer in Green Bay, Wis., that two 17-year-olds planned an attack at the school. A search of one of the boys’ homes found sawed-off shotguns, pistols, ammunition, several bombs, bomb-making material, camouflage clothing, helmets and gas masks.

    “The dynamics of schools’ response to the threat of violence has changed since Columbine (the Colorado high school where two seniors murdered 12 classmates and a teacher before killing themselves April 20, 1999),” said Curtis Lavallo, executive director of the School Safety Advocacy Council, a consulting and lobbying group. “There’s no longer just one person in charge of safety at a school, but a whole team of folks that extends out into the community.”

    In Spokane, Wash., in 2005, a 14-year-old boy expelled from high school for writing a threatening note to his teacher had written a suicide note and was headed for the school with a loaded handgun to shoot the teacher when family members found the note and called police. They were able to apprehend him when he was about four blocks from the school.

    The next month, in Ashville, N.C., an 8th grader posted an Internet threat: "I'm planning a Columbine on my dumb hippie school on the last day of school so everybody will be there to enjoy the Massacre." Later, he allegedly added, "I know where my dad's 12-gauge is along with his .45, .38 and his .22." An adult in Ohio read the posts and reported the threat to authorities in North Carolina.

    The records also show that attempts at school violence tend to increase in April around the anniversary of Columbine. “There are peaks and valleys in reporting, particularly after an actual attack, ‘’ said Katherine Newman, a professor of social sciences at Johns Hopkins University who has studied mass school shootings, including some she terms “near-miss” cases. “The sensitivity that this could really happen here goes up, although it may not be sustained over time.”

    Canady said even though the unlikelihood that mass violence will strike any given school, police officers and administrators have come to treat all threats more seriously.

    “Whether it’s something a student hears or someone sees on Facebook, whatever it is, it’s more apt to bring the attention of police officers.”

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    Man enters different Sandy Hook Elementary School with wood labeled ‘High Powered Rifle’

    By Dylan Stableford, Yahoo! News | The Lookout – 1 hr 10 mins ago

    A man carrying a two-by-four that was labeled "High Powered Rifle" was arrested at Sandy Hook Elementary School in northern Virginia on Wednesday, five days after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.

    According to NBC Washington, the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office said the 33-year-old man, Christopher Johnson, was "met" by the Strasburg school's staff at 11:40 a.m. before being detained by a resource officer stationed at the school.

    Johnson was then arrested and taken into custody without incident, police said.

    A police spokesman said he was not sure why Johnson entered the school, but said it appeared the man was attempting to deliver a message "related to school safety."

    Johnson was charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, and given a Dec. 28 court date.

    There have been reports of other arrests in the wake of the massacre in Newtown.

    Security has been increased at schools nationwide, and police and parents have been, understandably, on edge.

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    Media seems to be pulling out all of the stops to push the progressive agenda. State run propaganda media at its best. JMO
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    Fla. teen arrested for threat to 'shoot everyone'

    Fla. teen arrested for threat to 'shoot everyone'

    Associated Press – 1 hr 38 mins ago

    FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — Police have arrested a Florida teen who they say posted a Facebook message threatening to "bring a gun to school tomorrow and shoot everyone."

    The St. Lucie County Sheriff's office said Thursday night that they received a tip from a parent who saw the threat from the 13-year-old student.
    Neither the teen nor his school has been identified.

    A sheriff's spokesman says the student did not have access to any weapons. No schools were evacuated or locked down, but security at area schools had already been increased as a result of the mass shooting at a Connecticut school last Friday. The student is charged with a single second-degree felony charge of making a written threat.

    Authorities say he is being held at the Juvenile Detention Center in Fort Pierce.

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    Ponca City police arrest middle school student for reported threats


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    Posted: 12/20/2012
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    PONCA CITY, Okla. - Ponca City police have taken a 14-year-old into custody for allegedly making threats.

    According to police, they made the arrest after investigating information they received Thursday morning about threatening statements made by a West Middle School student.

    The school district in a statement the school released the same day at 9:20 a.m., the administration at West Middle School reported that two students had come forward and reported a student who was threatening to harm people.

    During the investigation by school administration and a school resource officer, the student reportedly admitted to wanting to harm staff members and himself. Official though determined he did not have anything in his possession that would allow him to carry out these threats.

    Investigators are working with mental health professionals to determine a course of action, according to police.

    In a letter to parents, District Superintendent David Pennington told them to be careful of being "caught up in the rumor mill."

    "There is difference between 'someone is threatening' and 'John Doe is threatening an act of violence at school,'" he said, telling parents if students come home expressing concerns about their safety, they should ask for specifics. If satisfied with the details, then contact authorities.

    Additionally, Pennington said he and the police believe the schools are safe, but have agreed to provide extra police for the rest of the week, but not because of any threat to school safety.

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    Students make threats after recent school shooting
    WAFF ‎- 4 hours ago
    In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, several schools around the Valley are now dealing with threats made by students this week.

    Students can face real consequences for making threats at school
    YNN‎ - 1 hour ago


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    Deputies to be posted at Four Corners schools after gun threats

    Posted at: 12/21/2012 10:32 AM
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    FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - The San Juan County Sheriff's Office is sending deputies to every public school in the county after students reported threats posted online that people would bring guns to school Friday.

    Sheriff's spokeswoman Beth Utley says there's no indication the threats were connected to last week's school shooting in Connecticut.

    There's no sign the postings are an actual threat but deputies were sent as a precaution.

    Utley says local police departments are also sending officers to schools.

    Utley says regular and reserve deputies are at dozens of schools after students in Kirtland, Aztec and Bloomfield told administrators Friday they saw threats about guns on campus on Facebook.

    Aztec and Bloomfield students reported postings of students with guns, while Kirtland students reported postings saying gang members would have guns at schools.

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    Boy, 15, planned shooting at California school, police say

    Published December 21, 2012
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    ALTURAS, Calif. – A 15-year-old boy was taken into custody after investigators said they found evidence he was planning a shooting at his high school in Northern California.

    Authorities were called to the teen's home on Sunday after he pulled a knife on his parents and was attempting to load a .30-caliber rifle, Alturas Police Chief Tim Barnes told the Record Searchlight of Redding on Thursday.

    The teen was being held at a mental health facility. His name has not been released because he is a juvenile.

    The teen made statements to investigators that indicated he planned a shooting Friday at Modoc High School, Barnes said. The teen had chatted online about school shootings and talked to neighbors who had firearms, Barnes said.

    "We're pretty sure he was planning this," said Barnes, who declined to elaborate.
    Calls to Barnes and the Modoc County District Attorney's office by The Associated Press on Friday were not immediately returned.

    Meanwhile, a 14-year-old boy was arrested Thursday for investigation of bringing a gun to school after rumors began spreading on a social media network that someone planned a shooting at a Central California high school.

    The ninth grader was taken into custody in a classroom at Central High School, the Fresno Bee (Central High student found with gun after campus-attack rumors surface - Education and Schools - fresnobee.com) reported.

    Authorities said the teen had a .25-caliber handgun and was playing with more than 50 rounds of ammunition in his pockets.

    Fresno County sheriff's investigators and the school district superintendent said rumors started circulating Wednesday that someone planned a shooting on the Fresno campus, although there was no evidence that the rumors constituted a real threat or that it was linked to the student.

    Prosecutors said Friday that no charges have been filed, although sheriff's officials said the teen could face counts of possessing a firearm while on campus, carrying a firearm in a public place and being a minor in possession of a concealed weapon.
    His name has not been released because of his age.

    Boy, 15, planned shooting at California school, police say | Fox News
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    Tucson boy found with gun in backpack at school

    Associated PressFri Dec 21, 2012 9:52 PM

    TUCSON -- Authorities say a 6-year-old boy who took a handgun to a Tucson school in his backpack has been turned over to state child-welfare officials.

    Tucson police said the unidentified child became ill late Thursday morning and was sent to the nurse’s office at the Amphitheater School District school.

    As the boy was being prepared to be sent home, a staff member found the handgun in the backpack.

    School officials called 911 and police came to the school.

    The Arizona Daily Star reports that police discovered the father had a felony warrant for a parole violation.

    The father was arrested Thursday night, and police said charges were pending.

    His name hadn’t been released as of Friday.

    Investigators said the boy’s mother was questioned and released.

    They added that it remained unclear who owns the gun that the boy brought to school.

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