Monday, February 11, 2013
Stories you may have missed across the state.
Monday, February 11
By Patch Staff Relive the Ravens Super Bowl Parade (VIDEO) There's only one place to see the parade as though you were there. Also, check out photos of the trophy and the purple sea of humanity here. Baltimore Native, UMD Grad Makes it to Hollywood for American Idol Kriss Mincey is a relative newcomer to the music scene. At Aberdeen High School, Mincey—who grew up in Baltimore, Richmond and points in between—took up dance and came out of her shell. She never returned to that shell. Now, Mincey, 22, is on the world's stage as a contestant on American Idol. Accused Maryland School Shooter to be Charged as Adult Adult charges will stand against the student accused of opening fire inside Perry Hall High School on the first day of school, …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The details on panic buttons, electronic doors, armed police, camera's and radios being proposed to the county's school board Thursday protect school children.
Security Services for Prince George's public schools plans to present a proposal calling for increased school security Thursday. Rex Barrett, deputy director of Security Services talked about the plan and how its timeline sped up after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Below are details of the long-term plan as explained by Barrett. Adding Armed Police Officers to Middle and Elementary Schools All 22 of the county's public high schools already have armed security officers who are members of the Prince George's County police department or three local police forces, that include Hyattsville city, Bowie city and the city of Greenbelt. The new proposal recommends increasing that protection. It advises having armed police officers at …
Take a look at the breakdown on the approximate $5.6 million request for increased security in Prince George's public schools.
Security Services for Prince George's public schools plans to recommend an increased security proposal Thursday to the county Board of Education. Rex Barrett, deputy director of Security Services, talked to Patch about how the recommendations could help protect school children. See the details on panic buttons, more police officers, detecting potentially dangerous criminals at the door and new cameras. Barrett also shared his thoughts on the plan and how its timeline was accelerated after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Long-Term Safety Recommendations The approximate cost for the proposal is slightly more than $5.6 million, Barrett confirmed. This does not take into account costs associated with an increased police presence…
Installing panic buttons, electronic doors, and increasing armed police officers are on Thursday's agenda for the county's education board.
The Security Services department for the county's public schools will propose a beefed up security plan to the Prince George's County Board of Education Thursday that recommends panic buttons in every public school and more armed police on campuses. The department's proposal includes having two cameras and an electronic entry door controlled by an access buzzer at all public schools. Director of Security Services Michael Blow and Deputy Director Rex Barrett have teamed up with security staff to develop the recommendations, which will increase school security in a post-Sandy Hook world, according to Barrett. "It was such a catastrophic event," Barrett said of the mass shooting at the Newtown, CT elementary school. "It's kind of changed …
Monday, January 21, 2013
After the Newtown, CT school shooting, Maryland legislators are looking at a number of ways to make schools safer.
According to Annapolis Patch, delegates from Anne Arundel County are introducing legislation on Tuesday, Jan. 22 in hopes of increasing security and mental health services at public schools across the state. The proposed bill would also pay for an armed resource officer at each school. "If you really understand public schools in Maryland, you know this: They are becoming increasingly more difficult for classroom teachers because discipline is lacking at home and teachers are spending an increasing amount of time maintaining discipline in the classroom," said Del. Nic Kipke (R-Pasadena). In Montgomery County, Councilman Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown, a vocal advocate of school resource officers stationed in schools, told a room full …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Police officials will have extra patrols at the county's elementary schools Friday and Monday as a precaution.
Prince George's county police say they've increased their presence at local elementary schools in light of Friday's mass shooting in Newtown, CT. PGPD Spokeswoman Julie Parker tweeted that Prince George's police will be conducting patrols at county schools and maintaining a high profile. "There is no specific threat and/or intelligence to suggest that Prince George's County schools are at increased risk," police officials said in a statement. She added that the patrols will continue on Monday. According to a PGCPS spokesperson, staff received reminders about school safety practices on Friday, and security was increased as a precaution. “Our hearts go out to the students, teachers, parents and families affected by today’s tragic shooting …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The school was put on lockdown for the afternoon.
Two Northwestern High School students were involved in a stabbing off school property Wednesday afternoon. According to Prince George's County Police, the 17-year-old suspect stabbed another 17-year-old student around 2:56 p.m. in the 6700 block of Belcrest Road. The injured teen was transported to a local hospital. The victim has non life-threatening injuries, according to police. Police said that multiple suspects have been aprehended and interviewed in connection with the incident. Prince George's County Schools Spokesman Briant Coleman confirmed that both the victim and the suspect involved were students at Northwestern High School, but he said the stabbing did not occur on school property. The school was however put on lockdown as a…
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
An 'ounce of prevention' is the key to safe travels to and from school--and while there.
With the start of a new school year, school safety is heavy on the minds of parents--which these days may mean worrying about possible violence at school. But studies show school-age children are nine times more likely to be unintentionallly injured--on the playground or elsewhere--than to be victims of violence at school, according the National Safe Kids Campaign (Safe Kids USA). The group estimates that each year 2.2 million children ages 14 and below are injured in school-related accidents. School-related accidents can be prevented, if parents prepare students and stay on the lookout for potential hazards. Here's a list of safety tips from Safe Kids, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Maryland Safe Routes Program: Walking to and…
Friday, August 12, 2011
University Park Police will host its final forum in a summer series on crime.
In the spirit of back-to-school, University Park Police will talk about bullying, school safety and gangs as its final topics for the summer crime series. Police Chief Michael Wynnyk said parents should attend this discussion with their children and or teens, or even send teenage children on their own if they are unable to attend. Cpl. Mike Rudinski, of Hyattsville City Police, will be the guest speaker. Rudinski has spoken in the past on this topic in his post as the school resource officer at Northwestern High School and as a "gang culture" expert. Pizza will be provided for guests. The discussion will start at 6:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of University Park Elementary School.