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DENVER — A Colorado mom says TSA needs to change its screening protocol for special needs children. Stephanie Griggs says her 13-year old daughter, Bella has been diagnosed with Fanconi anemia, a chromosome breakage disorder that can lead to bone marrow problems and early cancer.

“Doctors have told her to avoid any unnecessary radiation,” Griggs said. On Tuesday, the Griggs family began a cross-country journey to Maine, to attend Camp Sunshine, a retreat for kids with life-threatening diseases, and their families.

As they were going through security at Denver International Airport, Bella had to face something she d never experienced before.

I always let TSA know that we re traveling with medical liquids, Griggs said. I also request that Bella be allowed to go through metal detectors, as opposed to a full-body scanner. I reiterated that [the scanner] could be detrimental to her health. Griggs said the agent told her that if the daughter opted out of the full-body scan, she would be patted down. Griggs told Denver7 that she and her husband have always taught their kids that no one should touch them on private parts of their body, except a physician.

She asked to talk to a supervisor and said she was told that her daughter had three choices. She could go through the metal detector and be patted down, go through the full body scan or leave the airport and not go to camp.

I was understandably upset, she said. Bella was very, very upset. Griggs said they ve traveled through DIA and other airports multiple times and never ran into this issue.

It s unfair, she said. Bella s got enough crap in her life to deal with; she doesn t need this. To avoid the pat down from a stranger, Bella opted to go through the full-body scan.

It just kind of felt scary to me, Bella said. So, I just decided to go through the full-body scanner.

During the scan, there was an alert, so Bella ended up being patted down anyway.

Every other time she has flown, she s been deemed safe, Griggs said. Nothing has changed. Griggs said nothing was found during the pat-down, which makes her wonder if the machines weren t calibrated appropriately. She said she also wonders if the security officer was on a power trip.

A TSA spokeswoman provided Denver7 the following statement:

We regret that the passenger and her family found their screening experience stressful. After an internal review, we determined that screening protocols were followed. TSA s screening procedures have been developed to ensure that passengers can be screened regardless of their disability or medical condition. In this case, the passenger elected to go through Advanced Imaging Technology when presented with her options, and required further screening to clear an alarm.

Last March, TSA issued this statement about pat-downs, which applies to passengers 12 and over:

Effective March 2, 2017, TSA consolidated previous pat-down procedures into one standardized pat-down procedure at airport security checkpoints and at other locations within the airport. This standardized pat-down procedure continues to utilize enhanced security measures implemented several months ago, and does not involve any different areas of the body than were screened in the previous standard pat-down procedure. Individuals transiting the TSA security checkpoint who have opted out of technology screening, or have alarmed certain technology or a canine team, will undergo a pat-down. Passengers may also receive a pat-down as part of our unpredictable security measures. TSA continues to adjust and refine our systems and procedures to meet the evolving threat and to achieve the highest levels of transportation security.

Delaware County DA Takes To Courthouse Steps Over Safety Concerns At Area Hospitals

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) As a disagreement plays out in a Delaware County courtroom over how much the hedge-fund that bought Crozer-Keystone Health System still owes, the district attorney joined nurses and other hospital staff on the steps of the courthouse to call on hospital administrators to put worker and patient safety before profits. Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan says he is concerned for the safety of not only workers but also patients at Crozer-Keystone hospitals, which are now owned by hedge fund Prospect Medical Holdings. For example, he says nurses at Crozer-Chester.

They re telling me that there s only once security guard on at any given time, Whelan said.

READ: New City Program Pays Employers To Hire Ex-Offenders[1]

The DA says it s not uncommon for someone under the influence of drugs or alcohol to get violent in the emergency room, and while a nurse is a protected class, making an assault a felony .

The hospital administration also needs to recognize it, Whelan said, make sure there s adequate security there to intervene, and to make sure the police are called. Whelan says he has a meeting scheduled with nurses next week, and he plans to then meet with hospital administrators.

Indicating that this is unacceptable, he said, and they need to change policy and procedure.

References

  1. ^ READ: New City Program Pays Employers To Hire Ex-Offenders (philadelphia.cbslocal.com)

Harford Community College in Md. deemed safe after active shooter scare

by Lindsey Leake and Jessie Karangu, Sinclair Broadcast Group

Harford Community College In Md. Deemed Safe After Active Shooter Scare

FILE – The Harford Sports Complex at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Md. (Harford Community College)

BEL AIR, Md. (Sinclair Broadcast Group[1]) – Police say there is no threat to Harford Community College (HCC)[2] after investigating a report of an active shooter on the campus Saturday afternoon. The Harford County Sheriff’s Office confirmed on Facebook[3] at 4:15 p.m. that no shots had been fired. No injuries were reported. Police say one witness saw someone holding what appeared to be a firearm, while others claimed to have seen an individual with a mask. No such suspect(s) was located. Police planned to continue sweeping HCC buildings as a precaution.

An “active shooter situation” had been declared at 2:35 p.m., according to a post on the school’s Facebook page. However, 15 minutes later, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that no active shooter nor shots fired had been confirmed.
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HCC reported the shooter was on the “HSC Grounds and Fields.” According to a map on the college’s website, HSC is the Harford Sports Complex, located on the southern edge of campus near Route 22/East Churchville Road.
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Harford County Fire & EMS posted on Facebook[8] at 2:47 p.m., citing HCC’s Facebook post and saying an incident had been reported at the college’s baseball fields.

Those in the area were advised to shelter in place.

WBFF reporter Alexa Ashwell was on the scene and said the road to HCC was closed while authorities investigated the situation.
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Ashwell also spotted a number of baseball teams and families on the HCC field.

HCC is located in Bel Air, Maryland, roughly 40 miles northeast of Baltimore.

References

  1. ^ Sinclair Broadcast Group (sbgi.net)
  2. ^ Harford Community College (HCC) (www.harford.edu)
  3. ^ confirmed on Facebook (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ according to a post on the school’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  5. ^ the Harford County Sheriff’s Office tweeted (twitter.com)
  6. ^ According to a map on the college’s website (www.harford.edu)
  7. ^ Harford Sports Complex (www.harfordathletics.com)
  8. ^ posted on Facebook (www.facebook.com)
  9. ^ WBFF reporter Alexa Ashwell (twitter.com)
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