Same Sex Couple Gets JoCo Marriage License
October 8, 2014

AP) – Two women who are seeking the first same-sex marriage license in the most populous county in Kansas say they already feel married because they’ve been together nine years.

Angela and Jennifer Schaefer, of Gardner, went to the Johnson County Courthouse in Olathe ) on Wednesday to sign up for a marriage license.

They did so shortly after Johnson County Chief District Judge Kevin Moriarty ordered court clerks to issue licenses to same-sex couples. They were the only couple to do so.

The couple has a 9-month-old son. Angela Schaefer is 31 and Jennifer Schaefer is 28 and took Angela’s last name in 2012.

Angela Schaefer said she believes getting married will ensure that she has full parental rights to their son.

School Safey Expert Says Don’t use Sandy Hook as the Model
March 12, 2013

A school administrator says classroom safety should not be based on the deadly Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut last year.
Dan Carney of the Blue Valley School District in Johnson County, Kansas says the Sandy Hook shooting where school children and teachers were murdered, does not fit the pattern of most US schools shootings.
“It’s very unusual,” Carney told a group of police and school administrators and safety meeting Monday in Overland Park.
Carney says the history of past school shootings in the nation usually show the shooter having a tight connection to the school. It maybe a past employee or a member of the staff, perhaps even a student.
The shooter in the Sandy Hook incident may have once attended the school, said Carney, but the evidence seems to point to little or no connection to the facility after his youth
“It’s almost a freakish terrorist sort of incident,” Carney said
He added, “If you tailor your strategy to an incident like that, when 95% plus of school shootings are perpetrated in another way, then you’re throwing out all the data and maybe not making great decisions.”
The meeting Monday is the first of at least three sessions where school administrators and police from school districts and communities in Johnson and Miami counties are meeting to assess school safety.
One of the topics that consumed much of the first two-hour session was how to best keep up with social media and what students may be saying on sites like Facebook or Twitter.
Many at the meeting acknowledge it is hard to keep up with the changing nature of social media and teenagers’ ability to master it faster than many adults.
Future sessions will deal with building security and how to keep students safe in the classroom.