This School District In Texas May Create Its Own Police Force (HBO)

JJ Strong has been a cop at Round Rock High, near Austin, for the past four years. His job involves roaming the halls on the lookout for kids causing trouble, whether it be getting in fights, smoking weed, or just generally being up to no good. And all the while, he’s constantly thinking about what he’d do if someone burst into the school with a gun.

“That’s always in the back of your mind,” Strong told VICE News, during his rounds one day last month. “Because if you’re not prepared, if you haven’t thought of a game plan, you’re not going to know what to do.”

In the year since the shooting at Parkland’s Stoneman Douglas High, schools around the country have gone to extraordinary lengths to keep their students safe. Some have installed hi-tech equipment and bulletproof windows. Others have encouraged their teachers to carry their own firearms. But the most fundamental aspect of school safety remains the most traditional: School police.

And now, some changes are coming.

Officer Strong is what’s known as a school resource officer, or SRO, a part of a program that dates to the 1950s, which has grown rapidly over the past few years. These days, it’s getting an overhaul: The Round Rock school district is among those considering trading their SRO program in for a self-contained, in-house police department, something 248 other districts in the state have already done — 34 in the last year alone.

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An art temple to burn away Parkland’s pain

A Burning Man artist builds a temporary temple for Parkland’s shooting victims, for them “to reflect, to grieve, to leave their pain” before the structure will be set on fire.

Community mourns Parkland victims with temple

It’s called the time temple. A large wooden gazebo-type structure carved out and assembled by a team of artists, with the purpose of healing. (Feb. 14)

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New Mexico high school evacuated after shot fired

A shot was fired Thursday on the grounds of a suburban Albuquerque high school on the first anniversary of the Parkland, Florida, high school massacre, but police and school officials said no one was injured and a suspect was in custody. (Feb. 14)

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She Lost Her Daughter In Parkland. Now, She’s Fighting For School Safety. (HBO)

A year ago, Lori Alhadeff was a soccer mom with three kids in the Parkland, Florida public schools.

But on February 14, that simple life was shattered in a hail of bullets fired by a school shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high School. Lori’s daughter, Alyssa, was among the 17 who died that day.

The year after has been one of pain and healing and hope for Lori. She became the face of anguish when a CNN camera captured her grief and the clip went viral. Now she’s trying to become the face of school safety as an advocate and elected member of the Broward County School Board.

Across the country, schools are still trying to figure out how to prevent the next parkland. Bills have been passed, experts have weighed in. School boards like the one in Broward are still making changes. VICE News follows Lori as she tries to make school safety a public priority.

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Father of Parkland victim looks to change gun laws through art

The father of a Parkland shooting victim is seeking to spur change in American gun laws through art. Joined by politicians and local students, Manuel Oliver presents one of his “Walls of Demand” murals at a Washington, DC gallery ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Florida school shooting.

3 siblings help form March For Our Lives

Hours after the Parkland shooting, Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg became household names. But behind the scenes at March For Our Lives, more than a dozen others were working tirelessly on their grassroots movement. (Feb 13)

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Parkland parents reflect on iconic photo

Parkland parents reflect on iconic photo

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Grieving Parkland mother heals through advocacy

In the year since her daughter was gunned down at a Parkland high school, Lori Alhadeff won a seat on the local school board and started a foundation to make schools safer. She keeps a dizzying pace, saying the advocacy helps with her grief. (Feb. 6)

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Parkland victim’s father paints border wall against gun violence

Venezuelan artist Manuel Oliver, whose 17-year-old son Joaquin Oliver was killed during the Parkland school shooting, paints a mural on the US-Mexico border fence in Tijuana, to raise awareness on the gun violence problem in the United States.