Friday, December 21, 2012
Oglethorpe University's Lawrence Schall responds to the NRA's call for 'armed security' around schools.
The president of the Brookhaven, GA-based university who is leading a coalition of academians who support gun control legislation doesn't agree with Friday's NRA announcement. "My sense of what the NRA is proposing is that we have police in every school and more guns," said Dr. Lawrence Schall, president of Oglethorpe University. "I've only seen news reports of what exactly was said, and I haven't studied it, but overall, we don't agree with that approach." In an open letter released late Wednesday afternoon, Schall was joined by more than 160 college and university presidents nationwide in ending the so-called gun show loophole, which they said allows for the purchase of guns from unlicensed sellers without a criminal background check; …
Brookhaven Patch and Patch sites nationwide will participate in an online moment of silence in memory of the victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Patch Question of the Week: After Newtown, do you feel safe sending your kids to school?
It's the issue that's on many people's minds: could the horror that visited Newtown last week happen here? Are our schools safe from such violence? And what can we do - if anything at all - to make them safer? Metro Atlanta schools rushed to reassure parents that their systems are prepared in the event of an emergency. APS Superintendent Dr. Erroll Davis said city of Atlanta schools have implemented safety drills and other procedures that are designed to protect their students. Nonetheless, he asked parents to always remain vigilant and alert school officials if they see something suspicious. DeKalb County schools also have a system in place for notifying parents, locking down schools and having law enforcement and school officials on …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
An effort by Dr. Lawrence Schall, president of the Brookhaven-based university, has garnered the support of more than 160 college and university presidents in the U.S.
Oglethorpe University president Dr. Lawrence Schall is leading a coalition of college and university presidents that calls for gun control legislation in the wake of last week's Newtown, CT, shooting. In an open letter released late Wednesday afternoon, Schall was joined by more than 160 college and university presidents nationwide in ending the so-called gun show loophole, which they said allows for the purchase of guns from unlicensed sellers without a criminal background check; banning military-style semi-automatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammo magazines; and requiring consumer safety standards for all guns such as safety locks. "Our country was devastated by the recent events in Connecticut, yet the murder rate by guns in …