School Safety

Some Montgomery School Bus Drivers Not Satisfied with Safety Measures

Some school bus drivers for Montgomery Public Schools say they’re not satisfied with the conditions of their return to work on Tuesday, Oct. 13. The bus drivers say they’re returning to work with no mechanics, no supervisors and no guidance on COVID-19 safety measures.  They say they’re worried for their own safety and the safety of the children. They say…

Gov. Ivey Hosts Round Table For Improving School Safety

Safer schools were once again up for discussion at the state capitol Tuesday, but  this time federal officials were involved. Governor Kay Ivey hosted a listening session for the Federal Commission on School Safety. It was the fourth and final listening session by the group formed by President Donald Trump after the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School…

Troy Police Urging Driver Caution in School Areas

With the return of school comes the return of school traffic. The Troy Police Department is urging drivers to be cautious now that all county and city schools will be in session beginning Thursday. The department says its officers will be directing traffic around schools with heavy traffic areas. Lieutenant Bryan Weed wants motorists to be cautious. “We just really…

Student Gun Tip Line Leads To Nearly 2 Dozen Arrests

Keeping guns away from the classroom is the focus of a Crime Stoppers initiative that rewards students who provide information on another student with a gun. The Scholastic Tip Line pays out $50 for students that provide information on another student with a gun at school but the reward is not just limited to firearms. The initiative includes any tip…

Local Officials Revisit School Safety Discussion

In the wake of a deadly shooting at a Santa Fe, Texas High School, once again gun violence and school safety are top of mind for local authorities. Montgomery County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham and Autauga County Schools Superintendent Spence Agee are two officials revisiting ways to secure local schools. From arming teachers to banning the sale of assault-style rifles, Alabama…

Time Running Out For Gun And School Safety Bills

Alabama’s legislative session is quickly coming to the end and so is time to act on school safety and gun control bills. From arming teachers to banning the sale of assault-style rifles, lawmakers have introduced several bills since the Parkland, Florida school massacre. A bill to raise the age to purchase semi-automatic weapons from 18 to 21 did not make…

Controversial Bill to Arm Teachers Moves Forward in Alabama

A divided House of Representatives committee has approved a proposal that would allow some teachers to carry or access firearms in schools. The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee voted 5-4 for the bill Thursday. The bill would allow school systems to designate employees that could carry or access handguns and rifles. Republican Rep. Will Ainsworth, the bill sponsor,…

Lawmakers Hold Hearing On Proposal To Arm Teachers

Alabama lawmakers will hold public hearings on proposals to allow some teachers to carry concealed handguns into their schools The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee will hold a Wednesday hearing on the bill by Republican Rep. Will Ainsworth. It would allow public school teachers and administrators, after undergoing police training, to carry a pistol on school property. It…

Alabama House Votes to Reinstate School Security Task Force

The Alabama House of Representatives has voted to reinstate a school safety task force after fatal shootings in Florida and Birmingham schools. The task force replicates a 2016 initiative and will meet annually with law enforcement, educators and legislators. Democratic lawmakers criticized that a task force doesn’t take strong enough action against gun control and mental health. Rep. Ralph Howard…