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April 5, 2013
I think the NRA should put its money where its mouth is ("Gun advocates detail plan to arm teachers," April 3). They should fund the placement of guns in schools and the training of personnel to use those guns. One vehicle for funding could be taxing ammunition. One cent per round does not sound like too much to ask to protect our children. Such a tax requires no license, no identification of purchaser beyond current requirements, no infringement on the right to bear arms. Ellen Rosenthal, Baltimore
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April 7, 2014
I was saddened by the news of another senseless mass shooting at Fort Hood on Wednesday that left three soldiers dead and 16 people wounded ( "Shooter called talented, quiet," April 4). My thoughts and prayers certainly go out to the victims' families and friends. Once again, a lone perpetrator with psychological issues was able to take the lives of innocent people and wound several more - in this case, many of those who have made great sacrifices to defend our country. Unfortunately, this horrific circumstance brought to mind a quote by Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association.
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December 29, 2012
The Board of County Commissioners last week voted for supplemental funding for the county Board of Education to accelerate installation of school access security measures. In the wake of the recent elementary school shooting in Connecticut, the school board asked the commissioners for funding to add controlled entry points to county schools as part of a comprehensive security plan. At the commissioners' Dec. 20 meeting, school board representative Jonathan O'Neal requested $300,000 to complete projects in the schools deemed to have the highest need for access security, and said the system would need a total of $650,000 to complete access security in each of the 43 county schools.
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By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | March 25, 2014
Baltimore County officials gathered Tuesday to unveil $3.7 million in school security improvements, including a OneView camera system that will make security footage available in real time to county police as well as to the county schools' Department of School Safety and Security. During a press conference held at the Baltimore County Public Safety Building, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz called the camera system as well as other improvements at county schools "a series of proactive measures" taken to enhance safety in county schools.
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By Sherry Graham and Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 2, 2000
SCHOOL SECURITY is a topic of importance not just to students and parents, but to the community in general. Larry Faries, head of security for Carroll County public schools, will be the speaker at Freedom Optimist's "Respect for Law" program at 7: 30 p.m. today. The event will be held at the Community Center on Route 32 south of Liberty Road in Eldersburg. "It's important for parents with children in the school system to come and hear about this," said Dave Kelbaugh, a member of Freedom Optimist Club and organizer of the event.
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By Suzanne Loudermilk and Suzanne Loudermilk,Staff Writer | January 16, 1994
When there's a fire or burglary at a Harford school, police and firefighters aren't the only ones on the scene. Eventually, Wally Brenton shows up, if he isn't there already.He's not averse to wading through pools of water in schools soaked by sprinkler systems after a fire or methodically searching a building for clues to a theft.As the lone school security officer, Wallace C. Brenton oversees problems from vandalism to alarm systems to errant teachers.His territory covers 3,700 school employees, almost 35,000 students and about 75 buildings, including the 47 schools.
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By Mark Bomster and Mark Bomster,Staff Writer | February 26, 1992
An article in yesterday's Sun incorrectly stated the average number of security incidents per day that took place in Baltimore public schools through the end of December 1991. The correct number is an average of 12.5 incidents per day, up from 10.7 per day through the same period in 1990, according to school police.The Sun Regrets the ErrorsViolence is a daily fact of life for Baltimore school principals, who see more police and a special school for disruptive young teen-agers as partial solutions.
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By Arin Gencer and Arin Gencer,Sun Reporter | May 27, 2007
Photo identification for students, more controlled access to schools and possible uniforms are among recommendations the Carroll County Board of Education is scheduled to review next month. The recommendations came out of a security committee that Superintendent Charles I. Ecker called for last fall, after the Amish school shooting in Nickel Mines, Pa., he said. "We had a lot of concerns raised by parents, staff, about the security in the schools," Ecker said, referring to incidents in school systems across the country.
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By Ruma Kumar and Ruma Kumar,SUN REPORTER | February 9, 2007
Anne Arundel County school board members approved $2.7 million for stiffer school security, despite their own concerns about how the money fits into a sweeping $39 million security plan. It is a plan they have been told about for two years, but still have not seen. At a meeting Wednesday, the board approved $1.2 million - on top of $1.5 million given last summer - for improvements such as cameras at schools, fencing and expanded security at athletic events. But school board members said the approval for extra funds put them in an awkward situation of not knowing how their spending this year gels with $39 million of security weaknesses highlighted in a 2005 consultant's report.
NEWS
June 22, 1999
STUDENTS SHOULD be able to express private thoughts in diaries and journals -- no matter how outrageous -- without facing school discipline, if the musings are clearly intended to remain private.In Anne Arundel County, a judge must decide whether a student was wrongly suspended in December 1997 when he wrote in his notebook: "Let everyone out of your school or kaboom I will blow the school sky high."What makes this case sensitive for both sides is that the student, then in sixth grade at Park Elementary, wrote those words on a day when a false bomb threat was made at nearby Brooklyn Park Elementary -- and during a year in which Anne Arundel schools received 155 false bomb threats.
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By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | February 24, 2014
After the success of last year's fundraiser in memory of her daughter, Josephine "Joey" Gay, who died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, Michele Gay wants to continue the momentum with a second fundraiser to fuel a safe schools initiative. So the Columbia native was in the area last week to meet with volunteers to work on Joey's Second Annual Purple Ball and visit the offices of Vice President Joe Biden and Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal on behalf of Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative - the pending nonprofit formed by six Sandy Hook mothers that has grown into a national advocate for school safety and security.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
Baltimore County Council members formally adopted a county budget Thursday that they say focuses on basic services while keeping the county's property tax rate flat for the 25th year in a row. The council unanimously approved County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's $2.8 billion operating budget and $339 million capital budget for the fiscal year that begins in July. Kamenetz and council members said they homed in on public education, public safety and infrastructure. "Despite slow growth in revenues, our government has maintained services at the level our citizens demand," Council Chairman Tom Quirk said in the council's budget address.
NEWS
April 22, 2013
In Baltimore County, like much of Maryland, tax revenues have flat-lined. State aid for such things as road resurfacing is not much better. County workers won't be receiving cost-of-living increases for the fifth year in a row. Yet amid all this austerity, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz last week proposed a budget that finances new schools and retrofits many others with air conditioning. There are millions of dollars for new school security systems, for a new family resource center on the east side of the county and for new technology for police.
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By Peter Morici | April 15, 2013
Now that the way has been cleared for the U.S. Senate to vote on a bipartisan bill to toughen federal gun controls, Americans should remember that the effectiveness of government regulations has limits. Ultimately, new laws will give Americans a false sense of security and further delay efforts to address cultural dysfunctions that give rise to so much violence. The Senate bill would require near-universal background checks, comprehensive federal regulations for gun transactions and tighter school security.
NEWS
April 5, 2013
I think the NRA should put its money where its mouth is ("Gun advocates detail plan to arm teachers," April 3). They should fund the placement of guns in schools and the training of personnel to use those guns. One vehicle for funding could be taxing ammunition. One cent per round does not sound like too much to ask to protect our children. Such a tax requires no license, no identification of purchaser beyond current requirements, no infringement on the right to bear arms. Ellen Rosenthal, Baltimore
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2013
Justin Matthew Beaumont, the 25-year-old Glen Burnie man who was charged with trespassing at an Anne Arundel County school — and who police said was later found to have a stash of legal, high-powered weapons at his home — has been ordered onto house arrest with electronic monitoring. On Wednesday, Annapolis District Court Judge Shaem Spencer ordered Beaumont released from the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, according to a spokeswoman for county prosecutors. Terms of his release include supervision, mental health care, taking medications, staying away from all school properties and prohibition from owning guns or being in a home where there are firearms.
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By Kelly Gilbert and Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff | April 24, 1991
A Baltimore school security officer who won a $187,000 settlement and reinstatement to his job last summer in a 1984 civil suit has filed a new lawsuit against city police and the head of school security for denying him a return to service as a commissioned officer.In his new lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Stephen A. Arvinger claims the defendants violated the 1990 settlement agreement, conspired to prevent him from getting recommissioned and retaliated against him for asserting his legal and constitutional rights in the earlier suit.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2013
The man charged with trespassing at an Anne Arundel County school this month — and who police said had a number of legal, high-powered weapons in his home — has been deemed competent to stand trial, based on a psychiatric evaluation. After a brief District Court hearing Tuesday in Annapolis before Judge Danielle Mosley, Justin Beaumont, 25, of Glen Burnie, was returned to the mental health unit of the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, with a bail review hearing set for Wednesday.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2013
The man charged with trespassing at an Anne Arundel County school this month — and who police said had a number of legal, high-powered weapons in his home — has been deemed competent to stand trial, based on a psychiatric evaluation. After a brief District Court hearing Tuesday in Annapolis before Judge Danielle Mosley, Justin Beaumont, 25, of Glen Burnie, was returned to the mental health unit of the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, with a bail review hearing set for Wednesday.
NEWS
By Jim Joyner and Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2013
A 25-year-old man arrested for trespassing in North County High School this month - and who was found to have a number of legal, high-powered weapons in his home - has been ordered held without bond. Justin Matthew Beaumont, of Glen Burnie, was held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center after a bond review hearing Wednesday, according to Kristin Fleckenstein, spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office. Beaumont was arrested at North County High School on Feb. 4, according to police accounts.
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