school shootings

Abby Lambert / State Comptroller's Office

An audit from the state’s comptroller, Tom DiNapoli, finds that many schools across New York are not meeting requirements under a state law to prepare for emergencies, including possible school shootings. The audit comes as a shooter in California killed a six year old boy and a teenaged girl. DiNapoli sat down with Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt to talk about the shortcomings that he found.

Thursday marks the year anniversary of the Parkland shooting. Several lawmakers have suggested increasing security to combat the threat of future school shootings. WBFO's Nick Lippa spoke with Jeremy Finn, a professor in UB’s Graduate School of Education, who has studied the impact of school security.

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The U.S. Secret Service issued a report Thursday releasing guidelines to help schools prevent deadly shootings. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Secret Service is urging schools to set up 'threat assessment teams'.

Governor's Office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is riding a school bus around New York State to highlight his proposal to allow parents or teachers to petition a judge to remove guns from the homes of troubled students.

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.

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More than two months after the Parkland, Florida school shootings, students in Buffalo and across the nation continue to demand action from their elected leaders.

Medaille College participates in National Walk Out Day

Apr 20, 2018
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

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.   

Longtime activist is proud of student movement

Apr 16, 2018
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A longtime peace activist in Buffalo is very proud of the recent activism by Western New York students.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Western New York Peace Center is part of the current "Never Again" movement to stop gun violence.

Updated on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. ET

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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Millions around the country are making their voices heard Saturday. They are taking part in the national March For Our Lives against gun violence. In Western New York, the call was for action, after so many prayers.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

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?

WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

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.

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.

FBI Buffalo

A respected community activist credits Buffalo's School Resource Officers for spotting troubled kids and keeping city schools safe.

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.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a written statement, says there is no tolerance in New York State for threats of violence against schools, real or hoax. Arrests have been made after "copycat threats" were reported in two Western New York school districts, two days after a shooter opened fire at a Florida High School.

Reading, writing, 'rithmetic...and lockdowns. It is the new reality, said North Tonawanda Senator Rob Ortt. Beginning July 1, K-12 schools across New York State will be mandated to conduct lockdown drills every fall, as a protection against this new reality.