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Armed Deputy Who Failed To Confront Gunman At Florida School School Resigns

Florida school shooting aftermath

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The armed sheriff’s deputy assigned to Stoneman Douglas High School failed to enter the school to confront the gunman during the attack, said on Thursday by the Broward County sheriff. The shooting went on for 4 minutes as Office Deputy Scot Peterson waited outside.

On Thursday, Peterson resigned after surveillance showed he never enter the school, although he knew the shooting was taking place.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said, “What matters is that when we, in law enforcement, arrive at an active shooter, we go in and address the target,” the sheriff said. “And that’s what should’ve been done.”

The Reason Philly DA Krasner Could Let 180+ Juvenile Lifers Out Of Prison Early 

DA Larry Krasner

Source: @SakeenahBenj / Radio One Philadelphia has sentenced more teens to life in prison with no chance of parole than any other jurisdiction in the world — and that meant it had the largest number to resentence after the U.S. Supreme Court two years ago ruled that its 2012 ban on mandatory life-without-parole sentences for minors must be applied retroactively.

As of this week, 127 out of approximately 315 juvenile lifers from Philadelphia have been resentenced. For those whose cases are still in process, the election of District Attorney Larry Krasner appears to have immediately and dramatically changed the outlook.

It means new deals are already on the table for 17 who had rejected offers made under the previous District Attorney’s Office.

As for the remaining resentencing, Krasner said he intends to consider each case individually. Rather than relying on the sentencing guidelines, he said he would look to the historical, national and international context that has made Pennsylvania second in the nation in imposing life-without-parole sentences.

Should Teachers Have Guns? Inquiring Minds Want To Know

Colorado guns in schools debate

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By: Solomon Jones

Have you ever been in a classroom filled with screaming kids? Kids who’ve never been disciplined at home and won’t be disciplined in school? Kids, whose emotional problems come from witnessing violence where they live? Kids who can’t see the board because their parents can’t afford to buy them glasses? Kids, who are desperate to eat at school because there’s just no food at home?

Combine kids with issues with stressed-out teachers who are underpaid, overworked, and blamed for things that are beyond their control. Then add a gun to the equation, and you tell me if that makes kids safer.

Suppose a teacher tries to intervene in an altercation and a student gets their gun? Suppose a student says something disrespectful and the teacher’s had a bad day? Suppose a shooter enters the school and a student gets caught in the crossfire?

Teachers should not have guns.  

But teachers should have the tools to stop the shooting before it starts.

And those tools are simple. They should have a listening ear, love for the children, and the determination to get them help.

Because somewhere a child is being bullied and he doesn’t know what to do. So he’s lashing out more often, his outbursts are growing violent, his communication is disturbing, and no one is paying attention.   

In that child’s mind, fame is better than agony, shooting is better than silence, and killing is better than living.  

That child doesn’t need a teacher with a gun. That child needs a teacher with a heart.

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