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Michigan school district installs gunshot detectors

Sep 7, 2018
Bethany Pousho / Glen Lake Community Schools

A Leelanau County school district has made an unusual move in response to incidents of gun violence in schools around the country.

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A new University of Michigan study finds young people are supportive of more gun control and of guns.

The University of Michigan School of Public Health conducts a regular text message poll of young people, between the ages of 14 to 24 years old.

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A 15-year-old student who was arrested in March after threatening violence at his school and the discovery of guns, ammunition and pipe bomb materials at his southwestern Michigan home has entered guilty pleas in the case.

The boy pleaded guilty this week to explosives and firearms charges. He earlier faced additional charges including making a terrorist threat.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 5. Van Buren County Prosecutor Michael Bedford says the court determined the case would be handled as a juvenile matter.

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A new survey finds only a quarter of Michigan teachers think arming teachers will make students safer from gun violence.

The poll found 95% of teachers and support staff say schools need more funding for mental health services.

Paula Herbart is president of the Michigan Education Association, which commissioned the poll.  

"More counselors and social workers can work with students who are struggling with issues in and outside the classroom, and provide them with the support they need," says Herbart.