Pennsylvania’s School Safety Task Force Hears Concerns, Ideas in Erie

first_imgPennsylvania’s School Safety Task Force Hears Concerns, Ideas in Erie Education, Press Release, Public Safety Erie, PA – Continuing to listen to people across the commonwealth, Pennsylvania’s School Safety Task Force stopped at Erie High School in Erie today. The task force met with students, parents, school officials, law enforcement, healthcare experts and residents to hear their suggestions about how to make our schools safer and improve security.“The recent tragedy at Santa Fe High School in Texas is a stark reminder of the importance of this task force to bring people together and find real solutions to prevent these terrible moments and protect students,” said Governor Wolf. “We must do everything we can to ensure that our schools are safe places for our children to learn.”The task force includes: Charles Ramsey, chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency; Mark DiRocco, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators; Bonita Allen, President of the Pennsylvania Parent Teacher Association; Judy Morgitan, Immediate Past President of the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners and Dolores McCracken, President of the Pennsylvania State Education Association.“In March I said that the movement to improve school safety will come from the ground up, from the students themselves,” said Auditor General DePasquale. “This generation of students is bright, perceptive, and brimming with ideas on how to better the world around them. I’ve learned a great deal from them, and I look forward to hearing more from their peers across the state.”This is the fifth of six task force meetings in Pennsylvania to gather perspectives from local communities before issuing a final report by the end of June.The priorities for the task force are: SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 30, 2018 Identifying recommendations to improve school safety;Determining funding needs;Examining the effectiveness of student supports;Improving information sharing; andSeeking tools for anonymous reporting of suspicious activity.Supporting the work of the task force are Homeland Security Director Marcus Brown, Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, Labor and Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak, and Acting Colonel Robert Evanchick, Pennsylvania State Police.The public is invited to share their recommendations for improving schools security online at https://www.governor.pa.gov/school-safety-feedback/. The task force will use the feedback when preparing a final report.last_img read more

Detectives continue searching for clues, leads in double homicide

first_imgDetectives found no signs of struggle at the scene where Ming Qu and Ying Wu were shot and killed early Wednesday morning, LAPD Supervising Detective Sal LaBarbera said.LaBarbera said Qu got out of the vehicle to seek help after he and Wu were shot. Officers found Qu collapsed on the front porch of Wu’s residence on the 2700 block of Raymond Avenue. Wu was found in the front passenger seat of the 2003 BMW. The car was double-parked with its hazard lights flashing.[Correction: An earlier version indicated that the vehicle was a late-model BMW 3-series. The Daily Trojan has confirmed that the vehicle was a 2003 BMW. The Daily Trojan regrets this error.]The gunman approached the driver’s side of the vehicle where Qu sat and fired multiple shots from five to six feet away, according to LaBarbera. Detectives said the gunman fled south on Raymond Avenue.Detectives said no DNA from the suspect was obtained at the scene. Rain was pouring down at the time of the shooting and might have washed away possible evidence, LaBarbera said.Investigators believe the suspected male shooter acted alone. No further description of a suspect has been released. Detectives are reviewing surveillance footage from nearby businesses on Normandie Avenue, and footage obtained from DPS surveillance and license plate recognition cameras in the area. There are no cameras stationed directly on Raymond Avenue.LaBarbera said gang members live in the neighborhoods north and south of the block where the shooting occurred, but the block where Wu lived is home to mostly families and students. Detectives have not determined a motive or whether the shooting was gang-related.“We do have some good leads that we’re working on,” LaBarbera said. “We have over a dozen homicide detectives working on the case.”Members of the FBI, DPS Officers and LAPD Officers from the Southwest Division are also assisting with the investigation.last_img read more