(POLITICO) – As schools across America open for the school year, the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, have brought school safety back into the spotlight. While the rampages didn't occur on school grounds, children were killed in Texas and an Associated Press report indicated the Dayton shooter once was suspended for compiling a "hit list" and a "rape list" – again raising questions about how schools and local authorities should respond to such incidents.
The renewed focus comes less than two weeks after parents who lost children in last year's Parkland, Fla., school shooting told a congressional panel that complacency in Washington and elsewhere could lead to more school shootings. They called for a more robust federal role in prodding schools, districts and states to make schools safer.
It also comes amid a larger discussion over school discipline policies and tension over whether efforts to "harden" schools with drills and other steps have unnecessarily traumatized children.
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