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74 Interview: Criminologist Nadine Connell on Why She’s Building a 30-Year Database of School Shootings — and What Hidden Lessons May Be Found in the Stats

The 74 Million – Mark Keierleber

“Quickly after a gunman opened fire on students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the divisive debate over American gun violence — historically focused on school shootings — re-emerged in full force. Though school shootings have fueled the gun control debate for more than a century, reliable data on the frequency of school shootings and the factors that motivate the gunmen remain hard to come by.” (more)

In wake of shootings, schools grapple with how to handle violent threats

The Christian Science Monitor – Alexandra Villarreal

“When 12-year-old Nora Nissenbaum told a boy from her class she wasn’t interested in him anymore, he started texting her images of Adolf Hitler and insults such as “dirty Jew.” Nora’s parents contacted her suburban Philadelphia middle school and police. Soon after, word spread that the boy had supposedly threatened to take a gun to class and target 33 people, including Nora. But within a week, the boy was back in class despite facing criminal charges in juvenile court, and he and Nora were crossing paths in the hallway eight times a day.” (more)

COPPA Best Practices: Advice for Schools on Staying on the Right Side of the Law

Ed Surge – Tina Nazerian

“It’s not just edtech companies and app developers who have to think about complying with COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which was designed to protect the privacy of kids under 13 years of age. School districts and schools bear part of the responsibility as well—and navigating the federal law can be tricky.” (more)

The Work of Welcoming

Edutopia – Rachael Button

“In her beautiful book Radical Presence: Teaching as a Contemplative Practice, Mary Rose O’Reilley writes, “Hospitality defines a space for a visitor—the student—to be herself, because she is received graciously…. Hospitality calls me to consider the singularity of each person… to try [to receive each student] with unconditional presence.” O’Reilley describes a way of teaching that is both practical and personal, grounded in preparedness and presence.” (more)

Survey: Just over half of middle, high school students feel safe at school

Education Dive – Linda Jacobson

“As students continue to call for tighter restrictions on guns and ask policymakers to do more to prevent mass shootings on school campuses, a new survey of 35,000 5th through 12th graders in eight states shows that about two-thirds of students feel safe in their classrooms, while a smaller percentage — 59% — say they feel safe at their schools in general, according to data released today by the YouthTruth Student Survey.” (more)

After Parkland, Schools Grapple With Threats — And The Best Ways To Respond

NPR – Clare Lombardo

“Two months ago today, a shooter killed 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. After the tragedy, threats to schools across the country rose. In the month following, there were about 70 threats to schools per day. In the 59 days since the shooting, there have been almost 1,500 threats to schools across the country. And those numbers are likely under-reported, according to the group that tracks them, the Educator’s School Safety Network.” (more)