Press Release


La Jeunesse calls for better, smarter technology, social media tracking

February 15, 2018
Contact: Joe La Jeunesse

San Jose—Santa Clara County Sheriff’s candidate Joe La Jeunesse is calling for the use of “better, smarter technologies in the classroom” as well as increased monitoring of student social media activities in the wake of the latest mass school shooting in Florida on Wednesday. “These tragic events are taking a toll on our children, our families, and our nation. It is simply unacceptable that our kids have to fear for their lives when they enter a school building. We can do better and we must do better. I have been talking in this campaign about protecting schools and children from mass shooters. This latest horrendous massacre in Florida validates my position.”

La Jeunesse, a Sheriff’s Deputy and retired Army Major who rebuilt police forces abroad, is recommending two new strategies for addressing this situation. “We need to implement Shotspotter technologies in our schools which provide advanced gunfire sensors and immediate real-time active shooter alerts to law enforcement and other first responders. We need first responders to be on the scene within seconds with as much situational awareness as possible. This can make all the difference in limiting the number of fatalities.”

“In addition, we must get ahead of the potential incident by identifying troubled students in advance. This could be done by having school districts invest in staff singularly dedicated to monitoring the social media accounts of students and sharing suspicious posts with parents and law enforcement. We can no longer afford to ignore the warning signs that can pop up on Facebook and YouTube. The lives of every one of our children are at risk and to not act proactively is irresponsible with potentially fatal consequences,” La Jeunesse said.