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I-Team: School Security Guards

Updated: Saturday, August 3, 2013 |
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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Newschannel 3 I-Team continues to investigate how safe students are inside our local schools.

As we told you on Newschannel 3 Live at 5:00, we uncovered new information about the school security guards hired to protect our children that may surprise you.

As a result of our investigation, lawmakers are springing into action.

One might automatically assume, as we did, that there are training standards for the people who are protecting our children at school.

We found that's not the case, and as a result of our investigation, lawmakers are looking to fix what they see as a problem.

At Lakeview Middle School in 2010, we watched some pretty stiff training by law enforcement officers on how to respond to a potential emergency in a school, such as a gunman on campus.

However, there was something missing--school security guards, the ones on the front line of any major school emergency, weren't pictured.

As we looked into the issue, we found that there are no minimum training standards for those hired in as guards.

There's an interesting back story to the issue, we found--one of the likely reasons the topic has never been legislated is because the training, if mandated, might constitute an unfunded mandate to schools, which as we discussed in our bullying investigation, is illegal for lawmakers to do.

Critics say that yet again, on behalf of the youngest in our community, its a case of government getting in the way of government.

In Virginia, for example, there is a law professionalizing school security guards, with a minimum of 36 hours of training.

A handful of states around the country have similar standards.

The training teaches guards crisis management and response, student management, ways to deescalate student fights, and provides a way for new guards to shadow those who have experience.

In Grand Rapids, we actually found that district leaders strictly document 120 hours of training for their guards, even though the state doesn't require it.

Security Director Larry Johnson can't understand why at least four days of training can't be mandated to help these people.

When we took Johnson's concerns to the State Department of Education, we didn't get a ringing endorsement for new standards, but the belief that it would cost schools money, and that lawmakers would have to make the necessary change.

Ultimately, we took the issue to lawmakers, and Senator Tonya Schuitmaker said she would put a bill request in after our prompting, to set a new standard of 60 hours of training for the people who are taking care of our kids, in preparation for a worst-case scenario.

"I feel it's very important to have a well-trained security guard," Senator Schuitmaker said. "It's not a mandate to put security guards in every school, but if you are going to have that extra effort, then I think you want somebody who's properly trained."

As the discussion continues about safety, many of the experts tell us the issues the I-Team has uncovered, investigated, and addressed over the course of these investigations are some of the simple fixes that can be done to help our kids.
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WORLD-FINANCIAL MARKETS

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Japan's Nikkei 225 stock average surged 5 percent and the yen slid against the dollar after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced new stimulus to boost a flagging economic recovery.

Other Asian stock markets were also higher after the Japanese central bank's announcement Friday. The dollar rose 1.2 percent to 110.64 yen.

The bank said it would increase its asset purchases by between 10 trillion yen and 20 trillion yen ($90.7 billion to $181.3 billion) to about 80 trillion yen ($725 billion) annually.

The Nikkei was up 4.6 percent at 16,380.11 after shedding some of its initial gains. Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 1.2 percent and Seoul's Kospi was up 0.1 percent.

ECONOMY-THE DAY AHEAD

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Today. the Commerce Department will release its September report on consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of economic activity in the U.S.

Also, the University of Michigan will issue its monthly index of consumer sentiment for October. In September, the index reached its highest level since July 2013, led by greater optimism that the economy will grow and incomes will rise.

The Labor Department will also release the third-quarter employment cost index.

Before the market opens, Exxon Mobil will report its quarterly financial results.

CITI-REVISED EARNS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Citigroup is slashing its third-quarter earnings by $600 million, saying that recent investigations by regulators have altered the results it reported earlier this month.

The New York-based bank on Thursday revised its quarterly net income to $2.8 billion from a previously reported $3.4 billion, citing legal expenses.

The bank's operating expenses rose from $12.36 billion to about $13 billion.

The company said in a statement the unexpected increase came from "rapidly-evolving regulatory inquiries and investigations, including very recent communications with certain regulatory agencies related to previously-disclosed matters."

Citi previously reported third-quarter net income of $3.44 billion, or $1.07 per share, on Oct. 14. The results exceeded Wall Street estimates.

Like other major banks, Citigroup has been the target of lawsuits and government investigations for its role in the mortgage meltdown that helped spur the financial crisis of 2008.

SURGICAL GOWNS LAWSUIT

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A lawsuit says Kimberly-Clark Corp. falsely claimed its surgical gowns met the highest standards for protecting against Ebola and other infectious diseases.

Lead attorney Michael Avenatti says the Texas hospital where two nurses contracted Ebola used to stock the gowns but it's not clear if the nurses had used them.

The $500 million fraud suit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Los Angeles on behalf of a surgeon who wore the gowns.

The lawsuit says Kimberly-Clark knew for a year that the gowns failed industry tests and allowed the transfer of bodily fluids, bacteria and viruses, but the company still promoted them as having the highest level of impermeability.

The maker of Kleenex and other consumer products says it doesn't comment on lawsuits but stands behind its products' safety.

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