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Secure at school

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Nationwide, schools reported 5,700 incidents of firearm or explosive device possession in the 2015-16 year. This map shows which Indiana schools were affected and how many incidents they experienced.

The information is from the 2015-16 Civil Rights Data Collection released by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. Data was self-reported by 17,300 public school districts and 96,400 public schools and educational programs.

The government defines firearms and explosive devices as "any weapon that is designed to (or may readily be converted to) expel a projectile by the action of an explosive. This includes guns, bombs, grenades, mines, rockets, missiles, pipe bombs, or similar devices designed to explode and capable of causing bodily harm or property damage."

 Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette
A  rally March 24 at the Allen County Courthouse Green was part of the nationwide March for Our Lives campaign, which advocated for gun regulations and safer schools.

Gun control advocates push voters to act

Gun control activists who sought attention at public rallies last winter are seeking action in voting booths this fall.

October 28, 2018 1:28 am

 Fort Wayne Police Officer C. Fairchild  leads the Bishop Dwenger student section in song during halftime at the Fred Zollner Memorial Stadium this month. Fairchild was working security at the football game against Snider High School and is a familiar face at the school. (Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette) (Brett LukePhotographer)

Security needs don't end with school day

There's also a need to secure buildings after school hours and on weekends.

October 23, 2018 1:00 am

 Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette
 Jason Headlee, seated with his wife, Nicole, and sons Keegan, 13, and Lucas, 9, believes lack of parenting has led to much of the violence seen at schools. (Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette)

Threat of school shootings has parents feeling on edge

School shootings and other violence have heightened awareness and fears among many parents.

October 22, 2018 1:00 am

 Courtesy Parkview Health
Teachers at Wabash City Schools began the academic year with an active shooter emergency response training at Wabash High School. The exercise included props, such as manikins, and cooperation from Parkview Health Advanced Medical Simulation Lab, the Wabash Fire Department and local law enforcement agencies.

Wabash preps for unthinkable

Active shooter response training is one way Wabash City Schools is preparing for the unthinkable.

October 22, 2018 1:00 am

 Brian Francisco | The Journal Gazette
A Glock 19 handgun is shown in a safe at the Jay County School Corp. administration building.

Schools turning to gun safes

“I believe every kid who goes to a school should go to a school that's protected by some armed presence.”

October 21, 2018 1:00 am