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Governor Snyder released a plan yesterday to improve safety in Michigan schools following the Parkland, Florida school shooting.

His $20 million plan calls for boosting security at hundreds of schools, setting up a task force to come up with more ways to improve school security between now and the end of the year, more training for school administrators and school resource officers, and expanding the OK2SAY tip line.

The governor says he intentionally stayed away from guns.

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Governor Rick Snyder released a plan Monday to improve school safety following the Parkland, Florida shootings.

The plan calls for boosting security at hundreds of schools, and expanding an anti-bullying tip line. A task force would also come up with more ways to improve school safety between now and the end of the year, when Governor Snyder steps down.

Snyder says these are things he believes could result in a consensus in Lansing.

The proposal also includes more active-shooter training for law enforcement, but does not include any plans directly related to guns.

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Law enforcement will “vigorously investigate and prosecute” anyone who makes threats against schools.

That’s the message Detroit U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider and other law enforcement leaders made clear on Tuesday.

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Two members of Congress, Republican Fred Upton and Democrat Debbie Dingell, are co-chairing a working group that’s tackling the issues related to school shootings and guns.

Dingell joined Stateside today to discuss that working group, and what she’s doing to avoid the “same old discussion” on guns.

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Tomorrow, people in cities around the country and around the state will be holding events to protest school shootings such as the one in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and teachers were killed. March for Our Lives gatherings will be held in Detroit, Lansing, Flint, Ann Arbor, Royal Oak, and other Michigan cities.

One group of high school students is taking its activism to Washington, D.C. Berkley High School students have been raising money to rent buses to take them to the March for Our Lives event there.

Thousands of students in Michigan walked out of their classrooms last week to protest gun violence. They don’t want guns in schools, and they especially want assault rifles banned.

Personally, I would probably go even farther. I don’t think anyone should be allowed to own an assault rifle, except if it were kept under lock and key at a shooting range.

But the tragedy of the student protests is this:

Nobody wants to say this, but they aren’t going to go anywhere. The lobbyists of the NRA can count votes. They are mostly silent now, except for the stupidest among them.

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All across the country, students and some teachers stood up at 10 a.m., walked out of their classrooms, and spent the next 17 minutes honoring the 17 people killed in the Parkland, Florida high school shooting.

Many schools in Michigan took part in this national school walkout, demanding action from lawmakers on school safety and guns.

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A former police officer and SWAT team leader didn't believe traditional lockdown drills gave students the knowledge they needed to survive. So, he developed an active shooter training program called ALICE: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. Over 4,000 school districts have had ALICE training.

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As we debate solutions for gun violence in our schools, teachers and administrators continue to prepare for active shooter situations by holding lockdown drills.

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A special statewide hotline saw a significant jump in tips of possible school attacks in Michigan last month.

The OK2SAY hotline was started several years ago to give Michigan students a place to call to complain about bullies or warn of a student considering suicide.

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The campus of Central Michigan University is quiet today for a very different reason than it was at the end of last week. Students are on spring break, but on Friday the campus in Mt. Pleasant went into lockdown after word spread that a gunman had killed two people in a campus dorm.

James Eric Davis Jr., 19, is accused of shooting his parents James Davis Sr. and Diva Davis. Police eventually arrested Davis Jr. early Saturday morning.

Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody was on campus covering the story. He spoke with "Morning Edition" host Doug Tribou.

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Update, March 3rd  4:45 pm: A Central Michigan University student suspected of fatally shooting his parents in a dormitory has been charged with murder.

University spokeswoman Heather Smith says 19-year-old James Eric Davis Jr. also faces a felony weapons charge.

Davis Jr. remains under guard at a hospital, where he was taken following his arrest early Saturday.

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UPDATE: 4:00 p.m.

While it has not been confirmed by officials at Central Michigan University, the Bellwood, Illinois police department says the victims of today's shootings were the parents of suspect James Eric Davis Jr.
 

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Students returned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School today in Florida – their first time back after 17 people were killed in a mass shooting two weeks ago.

The Parkland shooting has seemed to galvanize students, citizens, corporations, and politicians into action. Most everyone agrees something must be done to make our schools safer.

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Moms and other activists against gun violence gathered at the state Capitol today.  They wanted to meet with as many lawmakers as possible.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America wants lawmakers to keep guns out of schools. In the wake of a mass school shooting in Florida, multiple lawmakers have called for school safety measures like arming teachers.

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof is the sponsor of that bill. He says his legislation would help make schools safer.

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The Oakland County sheriff's office says it's responded to five possible school shooting threats in the span of just five days.

Sheriff Mike Bouchard says it's not unusual to get more "copycat" threats after a school shooting like the recent one in Florida.

"It's sad,” he says. “It's incredibly sad to think that other people want to either emulate it, or get attention from it, or think it's ok."

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Since the massacre at a school in Parkman, Florida, Michigan schools have been responding to threats in their communities. Students in Kalamazoo drafted a petition about gun legislation that quickly got tens of thousands of signatures.

Michigan Radio's senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry joined "Morning Edition" host Doug Tribou to discuss gun control and school safety. 


Someday, a shooter will walk into a school, probably a suburban school, somewhere in Michigan, and blow teachers and students away, most likely with a weapon no civilian should be allowed to own. When that happens, don’t give me any credit for prophecy.

Ft. Drum soldier accused of double homicide has troubling Michigan history

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North County Public Radio has uncovered disturbing details about the Army soldier accused of murdering his wife and a New York State Trooper Sunday night in the town of Theresa, NY.

NCPR has confirmed that Justin Walters, now 32 years old, was accused of plotting to kill students at his middle school in Holland, Michigan. Walters pleaded guilty to conspiracy in 1999, when he was just 15 years old.

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Michigan students have a new way to report potential threats in state schools.

Starting this fall, students who believe they have information about potential criminal activities at schools can use the OK-2-Say hotline to call, text or email tips to law enforcement.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton joined other officials at a Flint area school today to promote the statewide program.

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School shootings explode into communities with no warning.

In the aftermath of Columbine, Sandy Hook and other school shootings, Michigan now requires schools to conduct at least two lockdown drills each year.  

This is the story of how one school trains for the unthinkable.


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Steve Major doesn’t have a lot of time for breakfast these days.

“I actually had two Reese’s Peanut cups and um, a Mountain Dew,” he laughs, a little bashfully. “I had to meet for an interview at 8 o’clock and I’ve pretty much been up and running around since 6:30 this morning.”

A former law enforcement official and firefighter, Major now runs an emergency vehicle company. Lately though, he’s busy organizing a Michigan memorial procession for the victims of the Connecticut school shooting.

About a half dozen Genesee County school districts are dealing with a bizarre internet rumor of plans for an armed ‘student revolt’ this Friday.

Police are investigating the alleged revolt, in the wake of last week’s school massacre in Connecticut and the Mayan ‘end of the world’ prophecy.

Grand Blanc schools Superintendent Norm Abdella says messages have been swirling on social media sites that students were planning to bring weapons to schools in Genesee County on Friday.

Last week’s school shooting in Connecticut is inspiring the city of Lansing to hold a second gun buy-back program.

The capitol city’s last gun buy-back program collected nearly a hundred firearms in August.  People who turned in hand guns or semi-automatic weapons got gift cards in exchange.

The city hopes to collect ten thousand dollars in private donations for its next program.

Lansing mayor Virg Bernero says the initiative will get guns off the street and help keep the community safe.

Lansing has seen a dozen homicides this year.

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Governor Rick Snyder must decide whether to approve or veto legislation that would allow concealed pistols in churches, day care centers, and public schools.

The governor said the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings will play a role in his thinking.         

The legislation would allow enhanced concealed pistol privileges for license holders who get additional training and range practice.

The governor faces growing pressure on the bills from both sides on the question of gun control.      

The governor said on Detroit Public Television the Connecticut school killings are on his mind as he ponders his decision.

“It does impact—you can’t have it not impact you and my thoughts and prayers go with everyone in Connecticut. I know that we all share that view,” Snyder said.

But the governor said he has not made up his mind yet. His administration was officially neutral on the gun bills when they were voted on by the Legislature.

He will have 14 days to decide once the bills are formally presented to him.

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Many Michigan school children may be feeling anxious about returning to school today in the wake of Friday’s school massacre. 

More than two dozen people died in the shooting spree at a school in Newtown, Connecticut.

A school counseling expert says teachers and other staff will have to be ready to help students with their concerns about safety.

Shawn Bultsma is the former president of the Michigan School Counselors Association. He also teaches school counselors at Grand Valley State University.

The nation watched in horror Friday as the scope of a tragedy in Newtown, Conn., became clear. As a visibly upset President Obama said at midafternoon, "our hearts are broken."