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Police: Parent Displayed Rifle at Utah Youth Soccer Tournament

A youth soccer tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah, was disrupted this weekend when a parent displayed a firearm, according to authorities. Local police are still trying to uncover the details of the situation that sent players, parents and other spectators running for cover.

Evolv Technology Forms Organization for Weapons Screening System Donations

Weapons detection security screening solutions provider Evolv Technology has announced the creation of Give Evolv LLC (GiveEvolv), which promotes the company’s mission of making people and public venues safer, according to a press release.



On-Campus Shooting Hospitalizes High-School Student

A 17-year-old student was shot last week on the campus of Santee High School in Los Angeles, Calif., after a fight with another student. The student was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to officials.

Mount Tabor High School shooting

One Student Killed in North Carolina School Shooting

A student was killed on Wed., Sept. 1, in a shooting at a high school in Winston-Salem, N.C. There were no other reported injuries, and the suspect has been taken into custody, say authorities.

Two Teens Arrested in Connection with WFISD Bomb Threats

The Wichita Falls Independent School District in Wichita Falls, Texas, released a statement on Thursday, Aug. 19, saying that a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old have been arrested in connection with a total of eight bomb threats made to district schools within the last week.

Teenager Subdued with Stun Gun After Attacking School Officer, Police Say

Police say that a teenager and former student at Brighton High School in Cotton Heights, Utah, attacked a school resource officer and tried to take her firearm.

Albuquerque School Shooting Leaves One Student Dead

A shooting at an Albuquerque, N.M., middle school on Friday, Aug. 13, left one student dead and the suspect in custody. Police say the incident at Washington Middle School took place at lunch as the victim tried to prevent another student from being bullied.

Calif. District Votes to Hire Police for Extracurricular Events

In June, the San Jose Unified School District in San Jose, Calif., voted to end its school officer resource program. However, on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 12, the board voted to hire off-duty SJPD officers as security for extracurricular activities and events on campus.

Auburn University Introduces Student IDs for Mobile Devices

Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., announced this week that it’s launching a mobile student ID card that can be used on compatible iPhones, Apple Watches or Android devices. The electronic version of the “Tiger Card” can be used in place of a traditional, plastic ID card to access campus buildings, purchase meals, do laundry and more.

University of Utah Police to Implement Body-Worn Cameras

The University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced that its campus police will now use body-worn cameras. According to a news release, the purpose of the body cameras is to “promote accountability; increase public trust; provide supportive documentation for complaints, investigations and prosecutions; and improve training opportunities.”

Former Custodian Arrested on Accusations of Planning “Mass Casualty Event”

A former high-school custodian from Medford, Ore., has been arrested and faces charges including attempted second-degree murder after he “made significant steps to carry out a mass casualty event,” according to officials.

N.M. School Board Suspended for Resisting Mask Guidelines

The New Mexico Public Education Department has suspended an entire five-person school board after its members voted to ignore statewide mask guidelines.

Illinois Announces Mask Mandate for Schools, Effective Immediately

Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker has announced a mask mandate for schools to take effect immediately. All students, teachers and staff, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear masks indoors to prevent the spread of the delta variant of COVID-19.

Pentagon Police Officer Killed in Stabbing Outside Building

Officials have confirmed that a police officer was killed on Tuesday, Aug. 3, during a violent incident at a Metro bus platform outside the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. The fallen officer’s identity has not yet been publicly released. A suspect was shot and killed by responding law enforcement officers at the scene.

The Right to Choose

In late May 2021, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order banning the state’s government entities—including public schools and universities—from requiring face masks.

Rethinking Your Doors and Hardware

he health and social crises of this past year have increased demand for enhanced safety, accessibility, compliance, and convenience.

Challenge Accepted

Challenge Accepted

The recent COVID-19 pandemic forced millions of children to transition to a remote learning environment – far too quickly for many districts to make adequate preparations.

A Seamless Access

The school has grown to host more than 300 students and 50 staff members and volunteers; with the preschool adding more than 40 students and staff members to the campus tally. A main challenge at the parish was being able to control access at all seven buildings.

Cutting through the Noise

It is hard to believe that many parts of the country are still in a state of emergency, more than a year after the first pandemic lockdowns began in March 2020.

The Touchless Fan Experience

The Touchless Fan Experience

Remember back in the day when fans crowded at the gate, tickets in hand, eager to rush en masse to their seats?

Building Your Campus Project

Building Your Campus Project

The past school year required campus leaders to think on their feet as they addressed the evolving challenges presented by COVID-19.

An Essential Access

The past two school years have presented many challenges with virtual classrooms, hybrid programs, and increased hygiene measures being implemented in K-12 and higher learning educational facilities.

Creating a Secure Space

Creating a Secure Space

Children are a society’s most precious asset, from them comes a future head-of-state, captain of industry, or the inventor of the next revolutionary technology.

The Importance of Visibility

The Importance of Visibility

Let’s face it - the technology environment of a typical campus brings with it a unique set of situations and challenges that even the most seasoned technology manager may not fully appreciate.

At the Ready

At the Ready

An important area of emergency preparedness for campus settings involves appropriate procedures for both internal and external hazardous materials incidents.

Extending the Perimeter

Extending the Perimeter

When the National Center for Education Statistics surveyed schools about security in 2018, it found that most public schools in the United States – 95 percent – reported that they controlled access to buildings during school hours.

Managing Traffic

Managing Traffic

Educational campuses are busy, complex environments. Amidst all the bustle, there are countless discreet traffic interactions governing whether people and vehicles make it to their destinations safely and smoothly.

Eyes on You

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) is an enormous school system, as are the challenges that Ralph Velez, director of security operations, is tasked to manage.

When Fire Strikes

Physical security systems such as access control, video surveillance with analytics, and intrusion detection are primary security solutions at K-12 and higher education campuses that protect students, staff and assets.

A Fresh Set of Eyes

I was recently approached about the value of fire and life safety inspections by a higher-education campus that is seeing severe budget pressures, staffing shortages and fewer students due to COVID-19.

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