school safety

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Most drivers have seen someone ignore the flashing red lights on a school bus. Those violators may not escape penalty as easily as before now that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a law allowing school districts to install cameras on the stop-arms that swing out from the buses.


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The Orchard Park School District wants to make important safety improvements. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says voting will be held Tuesday to decide on capital project. 

Eden students embrace School Resource Officer

Oct 31, 2018
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Police officers and students are forming a bond at the Eden Central School District. Senator Patrick Gallivan appeared at the high school Tuesday announcing he secured a $25,000 grant to provide funding for a School Resource Officer program.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says two town of Eden officers are splitting SRO duties.   

BTF surveying teachers on school safety

May 24, 2018
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The leader of the Buffalo teachers union says they continue to review school safety.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says in wake of recent school shootings in the nation, the Buffalo Teachers Federation is hoping to work to make schools safer.


Medaille College participates in National Walk Out Day

Apr 20, 2018
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Students across the nation protested against gun violence marking National Walk Out Day.  Medaille College students walked out of class at 10 a.m. Friday to a demonstration on the campus.   

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Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says with another high school shooting occurring in Maryland Tuesday, it's time to take action. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Flynn announced the School Critical Incident Initiative during the annual Safe Schools conference hosted by the University at Buffalo at the Center for the Arts in Amherst Tuesday.


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Mayor Byron Brown says the city continues lending a hand to help make Buffalo Public schools safe for students. But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports, the mayor is not in support of arming city school teachers.

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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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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.

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Buffalo Police said a 15-year-old male was arrested for making threats on social media to the Lewis J. Bennett High School located in the 2800 block of Main Street.

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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Things got heated on the New York State Senate floor this week over a debate on bills that majority party Republicans say will improve school safety. Meanwhile, the state Assembly on Tuesday passed its own set of gun control bills.


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Special license plates to raise money for armed guards in schools are part of a package of legislation passed by the Republican-controlled New York State Senate.

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Two Niagara Falls City School students were suspended for carrying a BB gun with them on the way to school Tuesday. The third graders attend Abate Elementary School.  A concerned parent notified the school.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the issue of school safety continues to be debated in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shootings. 

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There is a call to hire armed security guards at ALL schools in the state.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Cattaraugus County Sheriff, New York State Assemblyman Joseph Giglio and the Randolph Central School District Schools Superintendent are calling for changes.

Cash getting a handle on city school issues

Oct 12, 2015
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Though he's been on the job for just a few months, Dr. Kriner Cash believes he's coming to grips with some of the most-pressing issues inside the troubled Buffalo school system. Attendance and student safety are emerging as two of the biggest problems.


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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling for the Department of Education to restore federal funding for school safety programs.

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The leader of the Buffalo's teachers union says there are some flaws in school security at some public schools in the city.  Buffalo Teachers Federation president Phil Rumore has learned that some classroom doors don't lock.


Student charged with making threat toward Bennett HS

Jan 4, 2013
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An 18-year-old student was arrested and charged Thursday with making a terrorist threat against a Buffalo public high school.