For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
Date: September 6, 2007
Wasden Joins in National School and Campus Safety Report
(Boise) - A report issued today by a National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) task force is a good starting point for discussion with policy makers to address school safety issues in Idaho, Attorney General Wasden said.
The report, prepared by the NAAG Task Force on School and Campus Safety, identifies potential deficiencies in federal and state laws as well as educational policies that may leave students vulnerable to violence in their schools and on college campuses.
The 14-page report includes recommendations addressing threat assessment, protocols for dealing with the mentally ill, information sharing among law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders, and crisis response planning and communications.
“The goal of this report is to stimulate dialogue among policy makers, educational administrators, law enforcement professionals and others as they examine school and campus safety issues,” Attorney General Wasden said. “The report and recommendations were prepared with a national perspective in mind and are not intended as ‘one-size-fits-all’ solutions. The report provides a valid starting point for discussions with and among Idaho policy makers with regard to the applicability of the recommendations in our state.”
The Attorneys General consulted nationally recognized experts in the field of school and campus security and compiled a brief report focusing on key issues highlighted by the Virginia Tech murders and incidents of violence in schools.
Recommendations from the Task Force include:
The report is available on Attorney General Wasden’s website. To read the full report click here.
Wasden, who is president of NAAG and a member of the task force, offered his thanks and appreciation to the task force co-chairs, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch. Former NAAG President, Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker, convened the task force to update a 1999 NAAG report addressing issues surrounding school violence. Although much of the information in the 1999 report remains relevant, Attorney General Baker created the ad hoc group to update recommendations and determine what issues have been brought into sharper focus as a result of the tragedy at Virginia Tech.
Task Force members are the Attorneys General of Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
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