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Department of Justice Awards More than $85.3 Million in Grants to Address School Violence

Today, the Department of Justice announced it has awarded more than $85.3 million to bolster school security — including funding to educate and train students and faculty — and support first responders who arrive on the scene of a school shooting or other violent incident.

“These federal resources will help to prevent school violence and give our students the support they need to learn, grow, and thrive,’ said Attorney General William P. Barr. “By training faculty, students and first responders, and by improving school security measures, we can make schools and their communities safer.”

Court Upholds Conviction Of Principal Who Failed To Immediately Report Student Rape

Christopher Smith Muncie Central High School

Christopher Smith Muncie Central High School

USA TODAY

The Indiana Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a former principal’s conviction for failing to immediately report a student’s rape in a school bathroom.

Christopher Smith, former principal of Muncie Central High School, was convicted in 2012 of the misdemeanor charge after he waited four hours to tell the Indiana Department of Child Services that a student had been raped by another student in a school bathroom.

Smith challenged his conviction, arguing he’d been looking into the validity of the allegations before calling police and did not realize minor-on-minor rape constituted child abuse. He also claimed the law that required him to “immediately” report child abuse was vague.