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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1998
Both my wife and I are teachers. While we agree with President Clinton that a forum on school safety is important (July 21), we more strongly agree with Barbara Prideaux's opinion that "the real answers will have to come from home, not the school." Every teacher we know also backs this belief. LESLIE N. HERSCHLER Garden Grove
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April 6, 2014 | By Theshia Naidoo and Lynne Lyman
Jesse Snodgrass had recently transferred to Chaparral High School in Temecula and was feeling out of place and alone in 2012 when a boy named Dan, another newcomer, befriended him. Jesse, a 17-year-old autistic student, wasn't good at making friends and he was pleased by the overture. But there was something he didn't know about Dan: He was an undercover narcotics officer attending class at Chaparral hoping to bust student drug dealers. Dan quickly began exerting pressure on Jesse to sneak a pill from his parent's medicine cabinet or buy him some marijuana.
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NATIONAL
April 2, 2013 | By Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - A National Rifle Assn.-backed task force unveiled a sweeping set of proposed school safety measures Tuesday, a counter to gun control bills introduced after the Connecticut mass shooting. The most attention-getting recommendation: to train select school personnel to carry firearms. The task force steered away from an earlier NRA proposal to rely on volunteers to provide security. Asa Hutchinson, a former Republican congressman from Arkansas and head of the Drug Enforcement Administration under President George W. Bush, announced the National School Shield task force findings in a Washington news conference amid tight security.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Safety procedures weren't properly followed when a student discharged a rifle mounted on a Chino police officer's motorcycle, department officials said Thursday. A child at Newman Elementary School approached the rifle and pulled the trigger about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday,  said Tamrin Olden, a spokeswoman for the Chino Police Department. The AR-15 rifle was locked onto the motorcycle that was on display during a Red Ribbon Week  drug abuse  prevention event, Olden said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1999
I object to the characterization of teachers made by Mike Downey (May 14). There are about 3 million teachers in the U.S., and you can count on one hand the number of teachers who have engaged in inappropriate conduct with their students. To add to his exaggerations and inaccuracies, Downey adds the man who drove his car into the preschool playground, who wasn't even a teacher. The type of person who goes into teaching, together with the very thorough background checks teachers go through, assures us that the stories Downey writes about are extremely rare.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1997 | LORI HAYCOX
The City Council and the Irvine Unified School District board will hold their annual joint meeting Monday. The two governing bodies will discuss a proposal to divide the anticipated $10-million cost of rehabilitating the Heritage Park Aquatics Complex. They will also hear a report on the progress of a program that the district and the Irvine Police Department started in 1996 to promote campus safety. The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 1 Civic Center Plaza.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1998
Students from 85 high schools across the county attended a Los Angeles town hall meeting Friday with educators and Assembly members to discuss ways to reduce school violence. The Freedom From Fear Student Convention, sponsored by the county Office of Education at Cal State Los Angeles, gave about 175 students a chance to talk with school officials and lawmakers about how to make schools safer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1994 | SHELBY GRAD
The Irvine Unified School District's Board of Education will review its yearlong effort to improve school safety and reduce youth violence. The discussion will give school officials and board members a chance to assess what steps the district has already taken and look at what officials should do next. The public can watch the presentation tonight at 7:30 on cable television Channel 3. Youth violence has been a key issue in Irvine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Samantha Schaefer
Three students were injured Wednesday morning after the "accidental discharge" of a police weapon during a safety presentation at a Chino elementary school, police said. The students -- whose ages were not immediately known -- suffered what were believed to be minor injuries and were taken to an area hospital as a precaution, said Tamrin Olden, crime prevention supervisor for the Chino Police Department. Additional information about their injuries were not immediately known. "We're still sorting out the extent of the injuries and how it happened," Olden said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
As schools across Southern California prepare to open, teachers, parents and students will find increased security on their campuses, including surveillance cameras, more safety patrols, revised lockdown measures and fewer open gates. After the Newtown, Conn., tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December, where 20 students and six educators were killed, new safety efforts swept through school districts. President Obama called on administrators and law enforcement officials to reevaluate emergency procedures.
OPINION
April 12, 2013
Re "NRA's off-target plan," Opinion, April 9 You don't need to be a mathematician to know that the odds of a child surviving a school shooting are greater if the shooter is shot and killed than if he keeps shooting until his clip is empty. The moment someone enters a school with intent to kill, survival is the only issue. Instead, James Mulvaney writes about the difficulty in shooting a weapon during a crisis or what kind of weapon the staff member is carrying. This is about life and death, not succumbing to the will of the National Rifle Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
California lawmakers have moved forward with one of several bills introduced after the massacre of young students in Newtown, Conn. The measure would put panic buttons in the state's schools. Under the legislation, proposed by Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto), if federal funding becomes available to cover the cost, school districts would install panic buttons in each classroom, cafeteria, theater, gym and other regularly used space in a school serving grades K-12. Pressing the button would alert local law enforcement to respond to an emergency that could include an armed intruder on campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Think of the NRA's newly proposed National School Shield initiative as a kiddie version of the National Missile Defense program. Star Wars for Schoolyards. A hail of bullets will protect everyone! After the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the NRA unleashed a pile of experts on the problem of school safety, hiring former Republican Rep. Asa Hutchison of Arkansas to lead the panel. In a Washington news  conference announcing the panel's findings and recommendations Tuesday, Hutchison said the NRA afforded its panel “full independence” and insisted on “no predetermined outcomes.” What a total shock then that the panel's No. 1 recommendation was to put an armed guard in every public school in America, the very thing that NRA President Wayne LaPierre urged in his news conference in December, one week after 20 primary school children and six educators were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary.
NEWS
April 2, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
WASHINGTON - A National Rifle Assn.-backed task force unveiled a sweeping set of proposed school safety measures Tuesday, the gun rights group's counterproposal to the spate of gun control bills introduced in the wake of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., in December. Asa Hutchinson, a former Republican congressman from Arkansas and drug czar under President George W. Bush, announced the National School Shield task force findings in a Washington D.C. news conference amid tight security.
NATIONAL
April 2, 2013 | By Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - A National Rifle Assn.-backed task force unveiled a sweeping set of proposed school safety measures Tuesday, a counter to gun control bills introduced after the Connecticut mass shooting. The most attention-getting recommendation: to train select school personnel to carry firearms. The task force steered away from an earlier NRA proposal to rely on volunteers to provide security. Asa Hutchinson, a former Republican congressman from Arkansas and head of the Drug Enforcement Administration under President George W. Bush, announced the National School Shield task force findings in a Washington news conference amid tight security.
NATIONAL
February 14, 2013 | By Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Wayne LaPierre, a top official of the National Rifle Assn., lobbed a blistering attack on President Obama's gun proposals Thursday, accusing him of exploiting the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting to roll back gun rights. "It was only a few weeks ago when they were marketing their anti-gun agenda as a way of protecting schoolchildren from harm. That charade ended at the State of the Union when the president himself exposed their fraudulent intentions," said LaPierre, addressing the National Wild Turkey Federation convention in Nashville.
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