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This is America: 9 out of 10 public schools now hold mass shooting drills for students

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How "active shooter" drills became normal for a generation of American schoolchildren.
"Are you kids good at running and screaming?" a police officer asks a class of elementary school kids in Akron, Ohio.
His friendly tone then turns serious.
“What I don’t want you to do is hide in the corner if a bad guy comes in the room,” he says. "You gotta get moving."
This training session — shared online by the ALICE Training Institute, a civilian safety training company — reflects the new normal at American public schools. As armed shooters continue their deadly rampages, and while Washington remains stuck on gun control, a new generation of American students have learned to lock and barricade their classroom doors the same way they learn to drop and roll in case of a fire.
The training session is a stark reminder of how American schools have changed since the 1999 Columbine school shooting. School administrators and state lawmakers have realized that a mass shoot…

Philippines: Death penalty restoration expected within 1 year

Rodrigo Duterte
Rodrigo Duterte
The restoration of the death penalty and the lowering of the age of criminal liability from 14 to nine years old may take effect in a year's time in order to sustain the success-bound anti-criminality program of the Duterte administration.

Speaker Pantaleon "Bebot" Alvarez said that the House supermajority should be expected to act on the two legislative proposals, and added that it will take Congress only a year's time to pass them.

Alvarez said Senate's cooperation is vital and urgent in order for Congress to pass the bills at the soonest possible time.

There is no constitutional issue that can stop the restoration of the death penalty for heinous crimes, the Davao del Norte lawmaker stressed.

He said that since the 1987 Constitution provides for the imposition of the death sentence for heinous crimes, all that Congress has to do is to define and classify what crimes the capital punishment may be applied to.

Alvarez said defects in the current Juvenile Justice Law will be addressed in order to further strengthen the fight against criminality in the country.

According to him, foremost in the provisions of the law is the determination of the age of criminal liability and discernment that is currently set at 15 years old.

Under the PDP-Laban proposal, criminal liability will be set at 9 years old.

Alvarez explained that the proposed age is 2 years higher than those provided under criminal laws of Singapore and many states in the United States. [????? - DPN]

Source: Manila Bulletin, July 28, 2016

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