Thursday, March 21, 2013
A boy who allegedly made a prank 911 call about a school shooter was arrested Wednesday morning. What punishment should he receive, if any?
Updated: Saturday, March 23 at 2:15 p.m. See Editor's Note below. A 12-year-old Minnesota boy is scheduled to appear at a hearing later this week after he was arrested Wednesday morning for making two prank 911 calls. According to the Associated Press, a 911 caller said there was a shooter with an AK-47 and a couple of victims at New Prague Middle School. With the Newtown, CT elementary school shooting tragedy still fresh in mind, the call prompted a lockdown of the middle school, high school and Central Education Campus buildings. New Prague Police Chief Mark Vosejpka said the boy is believed to have made the calls from an emergency cell phone only capable of calling 911, According to the Pioneer Press. The child's attorney, Marsh Halberg…
Monday, March 4, 2013
Many district budgets don't have room for special school resource officers (SROs). Should administrators make room at schools instead for regular police officers?
Converting a school classroom or storage room into a police department office—is that a good way to make schools more secure? Since the economic recession arrived in 2009, many school districts have cut school resource officers (SROs), leaving school builldings without day-in, day-out police presence, according to the Star Tribune. But the mass-shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, brought calls for more armed security, including police, at schools. One school district, in Jordan, MN, has opted to find space in its buildings to house some of the regular functions of the city's police department, the Associated Press reported.
Friday, January 4, 2013
With so many challenges on the table, Patch wants to know what issues you think are most important.
With another legislative session just around the corner, senators and representatives have no shortage of challenges ahead of them. Lawmakers plan to convene hearings on gun control in the wake of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. They’ll review a recommendation from a governor-appointed task force to increase gas taxes and tab fees in response to a projected $50 billion shortfall in transportation funding. The DFL majority and defeat of the marriage amendment in the 2012 election could even prompt the Legislature to take up the issue of gay marriage. And looming over everything is a projected $1.1 billion deficit that legislators will have to close before adjourning for the year. With so many issues on the …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Statements from Fridley-area schools and more about the Dec. 14 mass-shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, including a link to Newtown Patch.
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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Patch will pause to remember the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Patch websites in Minnesota will go dark for a moment Friday morning to honor the memory of those killed one week ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. The brief Patch blackout is set for 8:30 a.m. CST on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. Gov. Mark Dayton has called for a moment of silence in Minnesota one hour later, at 9:30 a.m. CST. In his statement (click on PDF thumbnail), Dayton also asked places of worship and government buildings that have bells to ring them 26 times "in honor of each life that was taken far too soon at Sandy Hook Elementary School." Twenty children and six adults died in the mass shooting. Newtown Patch's news hub has extensive coverage of the events of Dec. 14 and since, including the names of those who died…
Each District 14 principal signed a letter to parents in response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.
Deeply saddened, prepared and vigilant—that's how principals at Fridley Public Schools described their response to the Dec. 14, 2012 mass-shooting in Connecticut that killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary. Here is the text of the letter that each Fridley principal signed and sent to parents. (See also statements from other local schools and school districts: Spring Lake Park, Anoka-Hennepin, Columbia Heights, and Totino-Grace High School): Dear Parents and Guardians, We are deeply saddened by the tragic school shooting in Connecticut and our hearts and thoughts are with the families and community of Sandy Hook Elementary School. The safety of our students and staff is always our top priority and I would like to take …
MN legislator says yes, Gov. Dayton says no, but a Mpls. school staffer took matters into her own hands and brought a .357 Magnum to school. Should teachers bear arms?
Updated below. Should Minnesota teachers carry guns at school? One staff member at a Minneapolis public school apparently thought so—according to authorities, she brought a loaded .357 Magnum to Seward Montessori Wednesday. MN Rep. Tony Cornish (R-Vernon Center) has a bill that would let educators have firearms in classrooms, according to WCCO-TV. The idea is to prevent massacres like last week's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT that left 20 students and seven adults dead. Cornish told WCCO: “We found out that nothing else works, and I think teachers are the best people to confront this. Even an armed security or an armed cop doesn’t do a lot of good if they get by him or her. Then they’ve got all these classrooms that…
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Columbia Heights and Anoka-Hennepin districts had new website postings, and Totino-Grace High School put a prayer on Facebook.
Schools in the Fridley area continue to grapple with the impact of the Dec. 14, 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, CT. Some districts issued statements soon after, such as Spring Lake Park Schools and Anoka-Hennepin. Tuesday and Wednesday, four and five days after the faraway school massacre, came new local messages from Columbia Heights and Anoka-Hennepin school districts, as well as Totino-Grace High School, where students wore green and white and prayed at lunchtime in support of Sandy Hook School. Columbia Heights Schools (from District 13 website, dated December 17, 2012) Connecticut Tragedy Affects Us All Dear Parent or Guardian, It has been a difficult weekend watching the continuing news from Connecticut. For many of …
'The craze is on,' said the outdoors retail store's manager. The store limited purchases of military-style rifles to one per customer on Tuesday.
Firearms customers have been on a shopping spree this week at Trail's End in Fridley, according to Dennis Klein, manager at the outdoors store. "The craze is on," he said. "It's a feeding frenzy." People are buying "ammo like crazy" and "lots and lots of guns," Klein said. The store had sold out of extra magazines and 223 ammunition Tuesday, and had imposed a limit on sales of AR-type, military style guns of one per customer—"'til they're gone." See also: National Chains Stop Selling Rifles after Newtown Shooting Applications for gun permits hit a single-day record high in Anoka County on Monday, according to a St. Paul Pioneer Press reporter on Twitter, with 36 permit-seekers that day, Fox 9 reported. On Tuesday, the county accepted 32 …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Accent Signage calls CT rampage 'yet another senseless act of violence'—like the one that took UPS driver Keith Basinski's life in September.
The mass shooting at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, CT has rekindled feelings of people close to the six victims of the Sept. 27, 2012 workplace shooting at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis. Among the dead that day was Spring Lake Park resident Keith Basinski, a UPS driver making his regular stop at the Minneapolis business as part of his Bryn Mawr neighborhood route. See All the Fridley Patch Posts on Newtown Shooting Accent Signage released this statement Monday: Our thoughts and prayers are with the community of Newtown, Connecticut. We were horrified to hear about yet another senseless act of violence that robbed families of their loved ones. We mourn the loss of the twenty young students, along with the seven adults who devoted …