Aug 7, 2019

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 463 words, a 2 minute read.

1 big thing: Schools balance safety vs. rights

Students at William Hackett Middle School pass through metal detectors in Albany, N.Y. Photo: Mike Groll/AP

As America confronts a mass shooting crisis, schools are increasingly having to balance proactivity on potential school shooters vs. privacy laws and civil liberties meant to protect individuals.

Why it matters: Connor Betts, who killed 9 people this weekend in Dayton, Ohio, was suspended during high school for writing a "hit list" and rape list, the AP reports.

The big picture: As of the 2017-2018 school year, 44% of public schools had threat assessment teams and 49% had systems for anonymous reporting of threats, the AP notes, citing Education Department data.

  • “They put the pieces together and look at all these moving parts together, put the puzzle together,” Mac Hardy, operations director for the National Association of School Resource Officers, told AP.
  • “The parents are interviewed by a school counselor. Are there weapons inside the home? Where are they kept?” Hardy said. “There’s a whole list of questions that they discuss. The teachers have a list of questions that they respond to in writing. You get a lot of information when you do this correctly.”

Between the lines: As Axios has previously noted, U.S. children are increasingly at the center of surveillance via facial recognition.

  • Scaling out such efforts is likely to run into the same issues that already plague our criminal justice system — particularly biases against young men of color.
  • And there's little evidence yet that this technology keeps kids safer, according to Axios' Kaveh Waddell.

The bottom line: No school program is going to end this crisis. But at this point, so long as the right advocates are allowed in the room, anything just might help.

Bonus: Pic du jour
Photo: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

This photo provided by the North Korean government shows what it says a is new-type tactical guided missile landing in an islet in waters off the country's eastern coast.

  • Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted.
2. What you missed
  1. The FDA is investigating 127 cases of people who experienced seizures after using e-cigarettes. Go deeper.
  2. House Democrats filed a lawsuit to enforce a subpoena compelling former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify in the committee's investigation of President Trump's potential obstruction of justice. Go deeper.
  3. FedEx won't renew its U.S. ground delivery contract with Amazon, Bloomberg first reported.
  4. Puerto Rico's Supreme Court overturned former acting Secretary of State Pedro Pierluisi's status as governor. Go deeper.
  5. Most U.S. cities are at risk of experiencing extreme heat thanks to the "urban heat island effect" that's causing cities to warm as much as 50% faster than the rest of the country. Go deeper.
3. 1 emoji thing

Painted emoji are seen on a house in Manhattan Beach. Photo: Natalie Rice/AP

Southern California's Manhattan Beach community is aflutter over a paint job that appeared after a homeowner was fined for allowing short-term rentals, the AP reports.

  • One speaker called the paint job graffiti and another said it was an attack on neighbors.
  • Owner Kathryn Kidd told KABC-TV she didn't realize short-term rentals weren't allowed and she denies the redecoration is retaliation.
Mike Allen