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That is once again making headlines here in San Antonio.
Police have issued an arrest warrant for a 14-year-old boy. They say he’s the one who shot and killedanother 14-year-old.
An attempted burglary at a northwest side churchended violently tonight with a–
Arrested two alleged gang members in the carjacking and murder of a Dallas man in SanAntonio–
Juvenile crime is up over 400%, and the age ofthose kids getting arrested, shot, and buriedcontinues to get younger and younger.
Hello, and welcome to School Crime: CampusCombat Zone. I’m Larry Estepa.
Would it surprise you to hear that gunshotwounds are a leading cause of death among high-school age children in the United States, secondonly to motor vehicle deaths?
It’s estimated that students carry more than100,000 guns to school every day. Schools thatwere once thought of as safe havens have fallenvictim to crime and violence, with our nation’schildren caught in the crossfire.
In the next half hour, we’ll hear what the Bureauof Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is going to doabout guns in the hands of juveniles. And we’llvisit with officers from two different areas of thecountry about this problem.
When you’re finished watching today’s program,you’ll know various methods and techniques forkeeping weapons out of schools. In addition, youwill have a better understanding of the rulesgoverning search and seizure when juveniles areinvolved.
Let’s begin by taking a look at what the Bureau ofAlcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is doing aboutweapons in the hands of juveniles.
It’s an all too familiar scene in the nation’s capital.But even worse, it’s a phenomena that’sspreading across the country. Kids are killing kidsand others with guns at an alarming rate. Evenareas long considered safety zones are nowthreatened.
Each day, 100,000 students take guns to school.While Congress considers legislation which willhave impact on this problem, it is imperative thatwe do everything humanly possible withinexisting law to curb this terrible trend.
ATF is making the tracing of guns involved injuvenile crimes its highest priority, and is shiftingresources to beef up its National Tracing Center tohandle the job.
The ultimate objective is to try to determinewhere these guns are coming from that get intothe hands of children.
McGaw went to local law enforcement to help findanswers to some tough questions.
How many of them are being stolen fromresidences or friends’ houses where they’re in adrawer or in a dresser drawer? How many of themare being received through trades of some kind ofappliances or things like that that are beingstolen, radios, TVs, and that kind of thing? Howare these children getting these weapons?
The Bureau wants all guns linked to juvenile crimetraced, not just the ones needed to solve aparticular case. That’s because there may havebeen crimes committed along the. Way
When a person sells a gun to a juvenile, we mustexercise every detail of the state and local law tosee if that adult can be prosecuted. We have tolook at the district attorney and the localprosecutors and say, this adult sold a handgun toa juvenile. What laws are on the books within yourlocal state county jurisdiction?
In addition to increasing arrests of juvenile guntraffickers, ATF hopes the tracing efforts will leadto innovative solutions.
Knowledge is power. If we can tell local lawenforcement that, say, 50% of all the handgunsare taken from home burglaries, have we caughtthe person? No. But we know now to safeguardagainst home burglaries.
Where there’s a predominant problem with homeburglaries in a geographical area, local lawenforcement can go out and say, hey, we had 500guns in the hands of juveniles. Well, people, 50%of those guns came from home burglaries. Lockyour doors. Close you windows. Safeguard yourweapons. And we can cut it down. We need to tellthe community what to do.
There is a strong commitment at ATF on this andother programs to work closely with local lawenforcement, and to respond quickly to theirneeds.
When the phone rings and it’s local lawenforcement, we will almost put down anythingelse we’re doing and go to help. Whether it’sarson, whether it’s explosives, whether it’sfirearms, whatever it might be within ourjurisdiction.
And that toll-free number nationwide is 1-800-ATFGUNS.
Recently, LETN’s Dave Smith traveled to Orlando,Florida to talk with Jim Corbett, who is thepresident of the National School ResourceOfficer’s Association. Jim has also been an SROfor the past 15 years, and has very enlighteningthings to say about crime and violence in schools.
Jim, you’ve been a school resource officer for 15years. That’s a long time. You’ve seen a lot ofchanges in the schools at a very tough social timein our country. Talk about what you’ve seenchange in schools.
I think the school environment is basically thesame. What’s different is the baggage kids arebringing into the schools. Our kids are a lotdifferent because of societal changes. The brokenfamilies, we all hear about that– the brokenfamilies, the violence in the home. It’s very hard toteach a kid when he’s coming to school, he got offwork at 2 o’clock in the morning, or he hasn’teaten since he left school the day before, andhasn’t eaten in 22, 23 hours.
These are the kinds of approaches that kids arebringing into schools. The gang influence, theneighborhood influence, the family influence. It’sa lot different. The pressures to be a kid right noware a lot different than what we experienced quitea few years ago.
Right. The social changes have a direct effect onthe kids’ attitudes, also?
And their ability to learn. It’s very hard to teach akid– he sees no reason to sit in a history classwhen he’s having to worry about whether he’sgoing to get home tonight without getting shot.
And that, to these kids, is on their mind?
Sure. It would be on ours, wouldn’t it? They’re nodifferent than we are. These kids bring the weightwith them to school, and they have to take ithome. And they’ve got to go home and live in thesame environment. A Pollyanna where you go toschool and everything’s happy and you learn, andyou get your education, and you go out and makemillions of dollars– these kids don’t see that intheir future. They’re worried about tomorrow.They’re worried about tonight.
How does this manifest itself in their behaviors?
Short attention span, more violent. Becausethey’re more violent in the community. Whensomebody makes you mad, you strike out atthem.
When we were kids in high school, somebodymade you mad, you fought after school, and itwas over. That was probably your best friend, andthe next day at school you laughed about it. Nowwhen somebody makes you mad, you go homeand get your gun, or your knife, or your stick, orwhatever, and you attempt to hurt them. And youhurt them as badly as you possibly can.
And we see this growth in gang activity related tothat, somewhat.
I think so. There’s nobody at home. There’snobody in the house. There’s nobody to take careof them. They’re looking for some kind of groupidentity, someone that cares.
And right now on the street, who cares the most?Your homeboy or homegirls. They care. They willaccept you for all your shortcomings. They willaccept you. You don’t have to have A’s and B’s tobe accepted. You don’t get yelled at if you fail. Youdon’t get yelled at if you quit school. You’reaccepted. You’re part of the group.
And they’re looking for that group identity.They’re looking for that sense of belonging.They’re looking for someone that cares for them.And they’re getting that from the gangs or fromyouth groups or whatever.
One way or the other, they’re going to find it.
What are the reactions you’ve seen from teachersand administrators toward SRO’s?
When you first go into the program, there’s a lot ofmisconceptions about what you’re going to bethere for anyway. A lot of teachers, when you firstgo into the schools, see you as threatening.What’s he here for?
Their only contact with a law enforcement officermay have been when they got a speeding ticketwhen they were late to class and they were tryingto get to school or trying to get back to school.And they have to see that you are, first andforemost, a human being, a person. And that’swhen you’ll begin to make changes.
After you’ve been there for a while, theadministrators a lot of times see you asthreatening, that you’re there to take some oftheir power, some of their responsibilities. Butwe’re there to work with them. And that’s whatit’s all about.
But don’t you also council them on things likesearch and seizure and other things?
Definitely. Administrators who have had theprogram for any length of time, when asked aboutthe program, the effectiveness, a lot of themwould rather give up one of their administratorsor a teaching position than give up the schoolresource officer when funding becomes aproblem.
But I think a lot of times that we are there as atool for them. They still handle the administrativediscipline. They can still do everything they’vebeen doing. We make counseling and give themsome ideas on how they can do their jobs better.We do some security surveys for them. But theystill do their job, and then we work in conjunctionwith them. Searches and seizures.
And the principals and assistant principals areheld or burdened– reasonable suspicion, whichcan be almost anything. Rumor, notes, he said,she said. And their searches are legal withreasonable suspicion. And then they can turn theresults of that search over to us. It becomesprobable cause for arrest at that point.
Speaking of search and seizure, if you’re with theprincipal and they’re going to do a search andseizure or a search, are you allowed to be withthem?
As long as they’re not acting as our agent. As longas we haven’t said, hey, you need to go searchJohn Smith. He may have a gun in his pocket. Aslong as we’re not directing them. We can still bethere with them to maintain their security.
And that’s something that, a lot of times, lawenfor