Tue., Jun. 19, 2018  •  St. Lawrence County, NY


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has put forward legislation that would establish a process to take guns away from people who teachers or school administrators believe to be dangerous.

Under current state law, the press release says, firearms may be removed from a person subject to a temporary order of protection issued by a criminal or family court, but a court can only issue a temporary order of protection in connection with a criminal or family offense proceeding. However, the release says there is no state law that enables a court to issue an order to temporarily seize firearms from a person who is believed to pose a severe threat of harm to himself, herself, or others unless that person has also been accused of a crime or family offense.

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Public schools are being asked to shoulder many more responsibilities than 10 years ago, says soon-to-retire Canton Central School Superintendent William “Bill” Gregory. “The greatest change in my view is the tremendous increase in expectations placed on our public schools,” said Gregory. Today, schools are often being asked to respond to many students’ needs beyond academics, such as mental health issues and emotional needs. “Beyond the primary educational mission, schools have become increasingly viewed as the panacea for coming to grips with and remedying all societal ills,” Gregory said. “Schools are simply not designed or resourced to do so.”

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