Year in Review 2018: School safety
Local Michiana school districts responded to national events involving school shootings and violence in 2018 by demanding governmental action and securing additional school safety funding.
Michiana students walked out of school for 17 minutes in February to honor the 17 victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida
Some Michiana students even traveled to the state capital to participate in the national March for Our Lives rally.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg called on Washington to place greater importance on school safety.
Indiana schools received $14.5 million for upgrades for school safety, including resource officers and mental health counselors.
Schools in Michigan’s Berrien and Cass counties received $1.4 million in competitive safety funding.
These are just a handful of the moments throughout the year that sparked national conversations around school safety.
As the year comes to a close, over a dozen safety upgrades for schools are still pending, including yearly active shooter drills and mental health screening tools.