Wednesday, April 10, 2013
An investigation into a second posting which invoked the image of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter is still ongoing.
In a letter to parents and staff Wednesday, the Ladue School District announced that a police investigation has identified who was behind an Instagram social media account discovered in January that made crude comments about students at Ladue Middle School. Police Chief Rich Wooten confirmed that the source was a juvenile who did not attend Ladue schools. He would not identify the age of the person or where they were from because no actual crime took place. "While the comments accompanying the first post were insulting, the pictures were legally acquired from other social media sites and no laws were broken," the letter to parents said. Police are still investigating a second Instagram account that came soon after the first and made …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Following the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, should we expect to see stricter laws regarding gun purchases in the United States?
The question reemerges after every mass shooting in America: are more stringent gun control laws necessary to prevent future shootings? It's a question that was posed after the shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, CO in July. And as the national conversation continues to focus on the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, it's a question being asked again. So far, lawmakers in Missouri have been divided on how to respond. As KMOX reported on Thursday, Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) is calling for the implementation of required background checks for people who buy firearms at gun shows. Meanwhile, other Missouri lawmakers are supporting a bill that would allow school officials with concealed carry …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary prompted immediate changes in security protocols at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.
The Ladue School district has instituted new security measures at Horton Watkins High School in the wake of the Newtown, CT school shootings which left 26 people dead Friday, including 20 students. Effective Monday, exterior doors at the high school are locked after the first bell, as is the case at other district schools. A letter to parents said the district was planning on making the switch next school year but that events prompted the change. There is "discussion" of increasing parking lot security at the high school. Below is the full text of the message sent out to parents: The physical and mental safety and security of our students is our number one priority in the Ladue School District. Unfortunately, unexplainable, horrible …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
The St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings are among the National Football League teams recognizing the events which unfolded in Newtown, CT Friday.
The National Football League is honoring the memory of those lost in the Newtown, Connecticut shootings Friday, when a gunman took the lives of 26 people, including 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School before killing himself. The St. Louis Rams, and the Minnesota Vikings held a moment of silence Sunday afternoon prior to kickoff at the Edward Jones Dome. The head coaches for both teams gathered at midfield and held and held hands with Daryl Richardson and Antoine Winfield. Both players wear the number 26 on their jerseys. The New York Giants, New York Jets, and New England Patriots were among other teams planning Newtown tributes this weekend.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Reactions to shooting tragedy in Newtown, CT are swift and heart-felt.
In light of the awful, terrible shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, this is how the local schools in Ladue and Frontenac are handling security for their students, staff and administration. Ladue’s Communications Director Susan Dielmann reports Ladue Schools have been secured behind electronic doors ever since Prop K passed in 2007, giving them funds to finish that project. “Our parents, families all know no one enters the building without first being buzzed in by security. Our staff has keys and cards to gain entry from the outside. Parents and other visitors must first check in with the front office then wear badges when traveling through any of our buildings.” Dielmann said the shooting in Connecticut is just…