School Shootings

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The New FBI Study on Active Shooters – Is Your Workplace Safe?

The FBI's much anticipated study of active shooter incidents in the United States between 2000 and 2013 was released at the end of 2014. This federal study is the first of its kind and its findings are eye-opening, dispelling...more

Bridgeport Board of Education v. NAEG, Local RI-200: What is the Appropriate Punishment for Actual and Perceived Threats in the...

We have all been emotionally touched by the tragedies in Columbine and Sandy Hook, not to mention workplace shootings such as those at Hartford Distributors and the Connecticut Lottery. In that context, employers (and...more

2014 Brings New School Safety Laws

After seeing a flurry of school safety proposals in 2013, the year ended quietly, with only a handful of school safety bills enacted that will bring relatively modest change. Here is a summary of new school safety laws, which...more

Schools Now Required To Report When A Student Poses A “Clear And Present Danger”

The Firearm Concealed Carry Act, Public Act 98-0063, which became effective July 9, 2013, contains a new reporting requirement for school principals of which all school districts and private schools should be aware. Under the...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Discipline Of Student For Off-Campus, Online Threat Of School Shooting

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals joined a growing number of federal courts of appeals that have addressed when public schools can discipline students for off-campus, online misconduct. The case involved multiple threats by...more

Annual School Shooting Drills Now Required Under Amended School Safety Drills Act

Governor Quinn signed into law Public Act 98-0048, amending the School Safety Drills Act to require schools to conduct a school shooting drill at least once a school year for each school building within a district that houses...more

Guns On Campus: Navigating The Legal Maze

For seven days in March 2012, a jury pored through a moment-by-moment timeline of the events that took place at Virginia Tech University on April 16, 2007. Before a mentally unstable student went on a rampage that eventually...more

Disciplining Student Speech As A Threat After Newtown – The Right Choice?

The media coverage of the Sandy Hook school shooting is tapering down, but the lessons for school administrators in its wake are just beginning. One such lesson comes after a California school suspended a high school senior...more

Reading the Tea Leaves for Employment Law in 2013 (Harry Potter Edition)

In this week’s Connecticut Law Tribune, I filed my annual “forecast” of employment law for 2013. As with the weather forecasts, it is subject to change on a moment’s notice. So drink your “tea” with a grain of...more

Newtown Shootings Could Give Rise to More Litigation, Says Pinsky [Video]

Jan. 2 (Bloomberg Law) -- Attorney Irving Pinsky talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about his plans to sue Connecticut State and potential other defendants on behalf of an anonymous six year old survivor of the Sandy Hook...more

Obama Legacy: Get Rid of the Bloody Guns

Condolences to the families and those grieving of the 20 little souls who recently died at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, USA. For further amplification of the grief we feel, read the plea for...more

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