School Safety

Bomb Scare

Hoax or real danger? School leaders grapple with reactions to bomb threats

Del Stover

When school officials received a bomb threat at Massachusetts’ Medford High School in February, they leapt to action. Well-rehearsed protocols included an assessment of the threat’s credibility, a search of the building, and consultations with local law enforcement.

G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board

Order denying Gloucester County School Board's petition for rehearing en banc.

NSBA FAQs on Transgender Students in Schools

School boards and their communities are urged to use this guide as a balanced, objective resource in your conversations, and to support the mission of public schools to educate our nation’s children in safe learning environments. Version 10 (May 30, 2017)

Salazar v. South San Antonio Independent School District (5th Cir.)

Equity & Discrimination: Whether a school district may be held liable under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 for the sexual assault of a student by a school principal when the abuser was the only school official with actual knowledge of the wrongdoing

Security Checkpoint

Three years after Sandy Hook, the horrific tragedy spurred schools to intensify security efforts

Dennis Pierce

In Hudson, Ohio, the city’s middle and high schools had security cameras for a number of years. Administrators carried two-way radios, and each school practiced lockdown drills twice per year to prepare for possible intruders.

Schott v. Wenk (U.S. - Petition Brief)

Liability: §1983 liability of mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse or neglect; even when (a) there is a reasonable basis to suspect abuse and (b) the report is not materially false—impermissibly chill child abuse reporting across the nation; (2) Can a First Amendment retaliation claim be maintained under Section 1983 against a statutorily mandated reporter of known or suspected child abuse when there is evidence in the record that would support a reasonable basis to suspect abuse and the report is not materially false; (3) Is a statutorily mandated reporter of known or suspected chi

Newsome v. Albemarle County School Board

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that a student who is challenging a school district’s dress code prohibiting the wearing of any apparel associated with weapons and violence is entitled to a preliminary injunction preventing the district from enforcing the code with regard to his wearing a t-shirt bearing the initials NRA and depicting three gunmen. 

Does v. PGCBOE

Fourth Circuit panel per curiam decision - upholding deliberate indifference standard in Title IX peer sexual harassment suits.

Ohio v. Clark (U.S. Sup. Ct. - Merits Brief)

Legal System: Sixth Amendment Confrontation Clause - teacher/school staff requirement to report suspected child abuse under state mandatory reporting law - are teachers/staff agents of law enforcement for purposes of Confrontation Clause - does a minor student's out-of-court statements to a teacher in response to teacher's concern about potential child abuse qualify as "testimonial" statements subject to the Confrontation Clause

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