Threat closes local school | Health One becomes three | CDC vs. J&J | Dec. 22-28, 2021

Threat closes local school

Franklin High School shut its doors for two days the week before Winter Break due to a threat posted on social media, the Seattle Times reported.

Students were told to stay home on Dec. 15 after a threat was issued on social media, which police later determined was a hoax. However, staff and teachers had to come in, according to the Times. The following day, so many called out sick that the school was forced to close again.

According to Al Jazeera, a wave of TikToks threatened violence on school campuses on Dec. 17, causing schools in Michigan and Washington to once again keep students home.

The most recent threat comes after a spate of gun violence in Seattle. Recently, shell casings were found on the campus of Garfield High School, according to police. There was also a shooting in Michigan that left four students dead and seven others injured.

According to Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit formed in 2013 that advocates for stricter gun laws, there were at least 149 incidents of gunfire on school grounds resulting in 32 deaths and 94 injuries in 2021. According to the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, there have been nine active school shootings and 235 “not-active” school shootings in 2021.

Health One becomes three

Mayor Jenny Durkan and other local officials announced that a third Health One response unit that will serve South Seattle is expected to open in early 2022.

The unit will consist of two firefighters who are also emergency medical technicians and a case manager. The units were created to provide a response to non-emergency calls such as people experiencing a behavioral health crisis or substance use issue. They can also assist with non-emergency health issues and access to services, including transportation.

The first Health One unit launched at the end of 2019, serving Pioneer Square and downtown. The model reduces the impact of non-emergency calls on other functions of the Fire Department, according to the Fire Department’s website. It also offers an alternative to a police response for situations like behavioral health calls.

According to a release, 50 percent of people served by Health One were reportedly experiencing homelessness and 95 percent were uninsured or on some form of public insurance.

CDC vs. J&J

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and prevention recommended people receive the Moderna and Pfizer BioNTech coronavirus vaccines over the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, citing safety and effectiveness.

The agency’s advisory panel noted an increased risk of blood clots from J&J that could be fatal.

Ashley Archibald is a freelance journalist and former Real Change staff reporter. Her work can be found in the South Seattle Emerald, KNKX and the Urbanist.

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