Friday, September 29, 2006

Principal Shot Three Times by Ninth Grader

A ninth grader shot his principal three times with a handgun at Weston School in rural Cazenovia, Wisconsin today. The student also had a shotgun which was grabbed by a janitor but he managed to pull a .22 out of his pants and started shooting the principal. John Klang, the principal who has three children died. The 15 year old, who pried open his families gun cabinet to obtain the weapons, was taken into custody and charged as an adult with murder.

This incident and other recent tragic events of school violence that claimed lives in Colorado and Montreal as well as a deviant detailed plan in Green Bay, Wisconsin demand that schools renew and enhance their commitment to school security.
School violence prevention must be comprehensive and include:
  • Security Vulnerability Assessments
  • Crisis Management/Emergency Planning/Evacuations
  • Bullying Awareness and Prevention
  • Gang Awareness and Resistance
  • Internet Security
  • School Resource Officers/Community Policing
  • Character and Leadership Programs
  • Faculty, Staff and Community Training Initiatives
  • Security Personnel Assessments and Training
  • Prevention Programs for Impaired Driving, Underage Drinking and Illicit Drug Use
  • Terrorism Awareness
  • Diversity Training
Read more on safe school initiatives from the Department of Education:

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