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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

A rapidly redeveloping area on Niagara Street in Buffalo may be getting a park, as a piece of property winds through the city's regulatory process.

Teachers and school administrators in New York State can now alert a judge about students who they worry could be a threat to themselves or others. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the new anti-gun-violence measure into law Monday at a ceremony attended by survivors of gun violence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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Andy Kowalczyk, is a former Clarence student who now attends UB who organized student anti-gun violence rallies after the Parkland shooting. WBFO morning host Howard Riedel talks with Kowalczyk about the efforts to sustain protests a year later.


A blistering report released on Wednesday by an investigative panel looking into the Valentine's Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last year, exposes a litany of school security breaches and chaotic protocol leading to the deaths of 17 students and faculty, and it recommends arming teachers to prevent or slow future on-campus attacks.

The start of a new school year has schools superintendents across the region paying extra attention to security procedures.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Tuesday that would temporarily take away the guns of people accused of domestic violence.

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Hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, parents and victims rallied in Washington, D.C., and across the country on Saturday to demand tougher gun control measures, part of a wave of political activism among students and others impacted by school shootings.

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A large majority of students at the Leonardo Da Vinci High School in Buffalo walked out of class Wednesday morning. They protested for 17-minutes as part of the national movement against gun violence and to honor the lives lost in the Parkland, Florida school shootings last month. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley covered the protest and asked students what's next?

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Buffalo Public students at the Leonardo Da Vinci High School participated in the national 'walk-out' against gun violence. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students held a peaceful and respectful protest to send a message to congress.  


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Students across Western New York are expected participate in a national walk-out Wednesday at 10 a.m. to protest gun violence. Students will hold a 17-minute demonstration to honor the 17-killed in the Parkland, Florida shootings one month ago. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says several groups stood together in solidarity in full-support of Buffalo Public school students who join the nation-wide protest.


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High school students across Western New York are expected to demonstrate Wednesday to call on Congress to pass tighter gun laws. Students will be participating in the ENOUGH National School Walkout to honor those killed last month in the Parkland, Florida school shootings. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to educators in Niagara County about how local students will participate.

State education commissioner against arming teachers

Mar 12, 2018
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This Wednesday some students’ nation-wide and right here in Western New York are planning to protest against gun violence. They want to send a message to Congress to support changes in gun laws in wake of the Parkland, Florida school shootings.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with the New State Education Commissioner and Buffalo Schools superintendent about school safety. 

In his first formal policy response to the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last month, President Trump is setting up a federal commission to explore school safety. He's also endorsing legislation to improve background checks, and urging states to pass laws temporarily keeping guns out of the hands of people judged to be dangerous to themselves or others.

A policy proposal unveiled Sunday evening has Trump renewing his support for arming teachers and other school employees on a volunteer basis. He stopped short of endorsing a higher age limit for would-be gun buyers.

Prevention over reaction to resolve school violence

Mar 9, 2018
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A national group of scholars is calling for 'prevention' over 'reaction' in wake of the mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida last month. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with a University at Buffalo expert who has joined the national 'call for action' to prevent gun violence.

After Parkland, there have been many calls to make schools a "harder target" — for example, by arming teachers. But there's a decent amount of research out there on what actually makes schools safer, and most of it doesn't point to more guns.

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SUNY Buffalo State will be hosting a special forum this week to discuss issues on school violence as debate continues since the Parkland, Florida shootings.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the college's School of Education will lead a discussion Thursday, 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. 

Updated at 1:50 p.m. ET

During a meandering speech Friday morning at the Conservative Political Action Conference, President Trump doubled down on arming some teachers and school personnel after last week's shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school that killed 17 people.

Updated at 3:40 p.m. ET

Just over a week after 17 people were killed at Parkland, Fla., high school, National Rifle Association executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre gave a fiery, defiant speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, on Thursday at the National Harbor in Maryland. LaPierre defended Second Amendment rights and warned of a "socialist agenda" intended to strip firearms away from law-abiding citizens.

Western New York students call for tougher gun rules

Feb 21, 2018
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Clarence High School students led a rally against gun violence in schools Wednesday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says dozens of students held a peaceful demonstration at the corner of Harris Hill and Wehrle Drive in Clarence.

Updated at 10:35 p.m. ET

The FBI says that someone called its tip line to report concerns about Nikolas Cruz, who has told police he killed 17 people in a Florida high school this week — but that the bureau failed to follow protocols to assess the threat.

The bureau says a person close to Cruz contacted the FBI's Public Access Line on Jan. 5 to report concerns about him. Those concerns included information about Cruz's gun ownership, a desire to kill people, erratic behavior and disturbing social media posts.

Updated at 10 p.m. ET

The Broward, Fla., sheriff said 17 people are dead in the Wednesday shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the city of Parkland, northwest of Fort Lauderdale. He said a suspect is in custody.

In news conferences after the incident, Sheriff Scott Israel said 12 of the people who died were found inside the school building and two were found just outside. Another victim was on the street, and two people died at the hospital.