A Year After Sandy Hook Tragedy, Student Safety Top Priority

first_imgA year after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook, local schools and law enforcement focus on student safety.Saturday marks the first anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. The tragedy claimed the lives of 26 people, including 20 first graders.The events on December 14, 2012 served as a harsh reminder of the importance of school safety to educators across the nation, including in Southeastern Indiana.“Those types of instances such as Sandy Hook, make us take a step back and revaluate where we are at with our safety plans,” said Milan Superintendent Paul Ketcham.The Milan Community School Corporation is among schools throughout the state that continue to find ways to improve school security. Ketcham indicated his most important responsibility as school superintendent is student safety.“If you said the top three things for a school to be successful, a lot of times we worry about standardized tests but its school safety,” Ketcham said. “If kids aren’t able to come to school and feel safe, their not able to focus on their academics, and same for staff members.”Local law enforcement agencies continue to prepare for a Sandy Hook type tragedy. The Indiana State Police have held active shooter trainings at several schools. Authorities use the in-school training for officers to familiarize themselves with the layout of local schools and also inform students, faculty and community members on the importance of having a plan.Vigils are being held throughout the country to honor the victims of the tragedy. An event in Indianapolis will be held Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.last_img read more

Syracuse players react to self-imposed postseason ban after loss at Pittsburgh

first_img Published on February 8, 2015 at 11:52 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ PITTSBURGH — After Syracuse players found out they had no postseason to play for on Wednesday, they had a team meeting, then a players-only one.Junior guard Trevor Cooney led the second discussion and the team left with the same goal that it started the season with: winning basketball games. There was just only going to be nine left, regardless of how many they won.Following the Orange’s (15-8, 6-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) 83-77 loss to Pittsburgh (16-8, 5-5) on Saturday, Syracuse players spoke publicly for the first time since SU announced a self-imposed postseason ban for the basketball team — following a years-long NCAA investigation that has yet to produce NCAA sanctions — and shared their reactions to the ban. They said they’d be no less motivated, that the experience brought them closer together and the sanctions aren’t about them.“There’s nothing to really say about it, I wish I could have something to say,” Cooney said. “But there’s nothing that you can say … I’m not saying (I want to say something) … It just has nothing to do with us.”The postseason doesn’t change anything, players said, in that every game is personal regardless of what’s going on off the court.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s a basketball game no matter what,” freshman point guard Kaleb Joseph said. He also said having no NCAA Tournament to lose out on doesn’t take any pressure off the team or help him or anyone else relax.Sophomore forward B.J. Johnson said the team is, if anything, more fired up to perform.And Rakeem Christmas said the ban has made a close team closer.“Everyone’s been tighter,” he said. “We’ve always been a tight family, but everyone’s tighter now. Everyone’s been just trying to give it their all. “It’s a deadline to our season, so everyone’s just trying to play through it.”The team’s reaction on the court was a positive one. After narrowly defeating ACC bottom-dweller Virginia Tech on Tuesday, SU ran Pittsburgh, an NCAA Tournament bubble team, to the wire in the Panthers’ home arena.Syracuse got one of its most complete performances of the season against Pitt with Ron Patterson and Johnson delivering a combined 23 minutes off the bench.Ultimately, though, the ban has left the team with only so much to look forward to.“I said a few things to the team and they responded well today,” Cooney said “… Overall, we didn’t come out here and get blown out by 25. So I mean I’m proud of how we played and how we fought.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

El Rayo, pending the certificate of registration in Social Security to debut De Frutos

first_imgPaco Jémez has summoned De Frutos and has taken it to Ponferrada at the expense of the file being processed and they can have all the papers ready for this Saturday at 18:15. Today the Federation and LaLiga do not have an alternative solution. The player arrived this Friday and has already trained with his new teammates and has entered the call. Paco Jémez He referred to the situation of the extreme: “We are going to take it to see the group dynamics and to see how we work. Then, if you can process the card, it will give us a few minutes. It arrives in good physical condition.”From Fruits, to the fans: “Hoh what to ascend yes or yes“Jorge de Frutos He made his first statements as a Lightning player in the official account of the franjirrojo team on Twitter: “The Lightning is a great club. He has a hobby that squeezes a lot in Vallecas. Oscar Valentin has told me very well about the club and when the opportunity came out I thought about it a lot. I hope that I and the club can continue to improve every day. Work and many successes come. “The end, who arrives in Vallecas on loan from Valladolid, thanked him for the team of Pucela: “I am very grateful because thanks to them I was able to debut in First. I will be eternally grateful. I get very good feelings and great friends.”Of fruits He looks ready to play: “I am in full shape and whenever I want the coach I am ready to play. Thanks to the club for trusting me and the fans, tell them that you have to ascend yes or yes.” El Rayo works against the clock so that De Frutos I can have his first minutes as a franjirrojo in El Toralín. The club is encountering some obstacles. The papers by De Frutos are already in LaLiga, but ask for the certificate of registration in Social Security. El Rayo has been requesting it all this Friday, but the ministry has the inoperative system so they have not been able to obtain this document. The deadline to obtain this certificate in a company of another type is of ten days However, in the case of a football club they have to have it immediately to process the chip and that the player may be available to play. 12last_img read more