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The investigative unit at the Arizona Department of Education says it has handled an increase in sexual and other misconduct claims against teachers.

Arizona police officers will receive special training in "de-escalation" tactics when responding to calls of bullying and fist fights at middle and high schools. The training is meant to calm down situations with communication rather than physical force.

Lawmakers have approved one million dollars in funding for the training. It is specific to altercations that don’t involve extreme violence, or school shootings which require different protocol.

Police in Prescott Valley say they've arrested a student who allegedly threatened his high school.

Justin Regan

A research team at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott has received a first of its kind grant to test building materials against weapons. The goal is to see what works best for delaying an active school shooter. As KNAU’s Justin Regan reports, it’s a more passive style of security that uses the architecture itself as a barrier.

Teenagers across the country have become activists in the wake of last month’s shooting at a high school in Parkland Florida. They’ve marched on Washington and their state capitols, met with politicians and held walkouts demanding gun reform and better school safety. They’re using social media platforms to organize more protests and discuss the idea of arming teachers. KNAU’s Justin Regan and Gillian Ferris interviewed some students at Coconino High School in Flagstaff to see what they think about school gun violence in the U.S. post-Parkland.