According to the Educator’s School Safety Network (ESSN), a national non-profit school safety organization, the vast majority of media reports related to school safety this school year have been about bomb threats.
A Twitter user both claimed responsibility for the denial-of-service attack against Sony's PlayStation Network and also suggested there was a bomb on-board Sony executive John Smedley's American Airlines flight.
Law enforcement authorities in Waseca, Minnesota, say they have thwarted a 17-year-old’s plan to kill his family, start a diversionary fire, set off bombs at an area school during lunch, kill the resource officer on campus and then shoot students.
Michigan State University researchers have developed a laser that can detect micro-traces of explosive chemicals on clothing and luggage, creating the possibility of laser-driven security checkpoints, MSU Today reports.
There continues to be hundreds of bomb threats and incidents, especially at schools, public buildings and summer events. Most are false alarms but law enforcement must still respond in some way. And police and security officials also are implementing higher level precautions.
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