Friday, August 22 2014 1:37 AM EDT2014-08-22 05:37:37 GMT
Malaysia is preparing to receive the bodies and ashes of 20 of its citizens killed when Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July.More >>
The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July arrived home on Friday, the first day of national mourning in the country's history.More >>
Friday, August 22 2014 12:32 AM EDT2014-08-22 04:32:27 GMT
The founder of a Montgomery boot camp billed as a military style training program for at risk students is under arrested and charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a child.More >>
He uses tough love and a military style approach to keep kids in Montgomery out of trouble but now, the founder of a local discipline academy has found himself in trouble with the law. Glenn Veasy is facing sexual abuse allegations involving one of the teens in his boot camp. More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:48:02 GMT
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System Director James Talton and Chief of Staff Dr. Cliff Robinson have been placed on administrative leave, VA Southeast Network Director Charles Sepich announcedMore >>
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System Director James Talton and Chief of Staff Dr. Cliff Robinson have been placed on administrative leave, VA Southeast Network Director Charles Sepich announced Thursday.More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:44:32 GMT
It's been a quieter night in Ferguson, Missouri. Some demonstrators returned to the streets Wednesday evening to protest the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white officer, but in diminished numbers.More >>
Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly...More >>
Lee County Board of Education Officials say distance does not hinder community outreach when it comes to supporting the victims of Newtown, Connecticut.
"We've have had a number of students that have made cards and written letters. We've had parents come in, community volunteers, offer supplies and postage. We've had memorial type ribbons that certain schools are wearing in remembrance of the students," explains Lee County Schools Director of Student Services, Dr. Jason Wright.
Superintendent Dr. Knowlin also sent a card on behalf of the school district to the Newtown community.
Wright explained how teachers are incorporating the events at Sandy Hook Elementary into their lessons plan, trying to make it a learning experience and making it easier to cope with the issues as they evolve.
"Of course, our consoling staff has been made available for students if they need individual attention or wanted to voice their concerns or talk about the incident," says Wright.
But of course, the top concern on the minds of Lee County parents is security within their child's school.
"We have had communication with the Lee County Sheriff's Department and all of our schools resource officers that are assigned to the schools," states Wright, "There is constant communication there."
Lee County has had district wide training for emergency events in the past. There are also monthly life saving drills, but reinforcement of these procedures and safety actions will be a priority after Friday's events.
"There has been a heightened sense of visibility and presence just to east the minds of our students and parents, that security and safety are our top priority," explains Wright.
There has also been conversation about planning a type of mock training in the near future to reinforce procedures. This training would also allow new school employees to become aware and have the opportunity to practice these drills on a larger scale.