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Boys, 7, Suspended for Pretending Pencils Are Guns

School says it's not okay with even play violence

(Newser) - What's the dumbest thing you ever got in trouble for in school? Because two Virginia second-graders probably have you beat. The two 7-year-olds were suspended for two days for pretending their pencils were guns in a game of make-believe, CBS DC reports. "When I asked him about it,... More »

More Schools Adopting Bulletproof Whiteboards

Minnesota school district is the latest

(Newser) - A Minnesota school district where two students were killed in a 2003 shooting unveiled a new device yesterday aimed at adding a last-ditch layer of safety for teachers and students: bulletproof whiteboards. The Rocori School District has acquired nearly 200 of the whiteboards, made of a material touted by its... More »

NRA Study Backs Arming Educators

Every school should have armed personnel, it concludes

(Newser) - Schools across the nation should train selected staff members to carry weapons and should each have at least one armed security officer to allow a quicker response to an attack, the director of an NRA-sponsored study said today. Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas made the remarks as a task... More »

Stephen King: My Novel 'Gas' for School Shooters

Says 'Rage' could have been 'possible accelerant' to killers

(Newser) - Stephen King is jumping into America's conversation on gun violence, with a new Kindle Single entitled simply, "Guns." According to Amazon , the 99-cent essay "constructs his argument for what can and should be done" to reduce violence. But the segment that's grabbing attention is one... More »

Inside Obama's Gun-Control Plan

President to set out sweeping moves today, flanked by kids

(Newser) - When President Obama announces a sweeping gun control agenda today, he'll be joined by schoolchildren who wrote him letters after the Sandy Hook school shooting, reports the Washington Post . Among what he's expected to reveal at a press conference scheduled for just before noon: proposals including a ban... More »

Company to Make Bullet-Proof Kids' Clothes

Colombian firm says it got deluged with requests from US

(Newser) - First came the bullet-proof backpacks . Now, in the wake of the Newtown shooting, comes a Colombian company that plans a line of bullet-proof clothes for kids, reports AFP . Miguel Caballero's firm has long made such clothes for politicians in his drug-torn country and elsewhere, and now he's working... More »

America's First School Massacre Still Its Deadliest

Andrew Kehoe's bombs killed 45 in 1927

(Newser) - You can blame Hollywood's obsession with violence or questionable gun regulation , but America's history of school massacres predates all that. Slate takes a look at the first mass killing of schoolchildren in the US, which took place in the small town of Bath, Michigan, in 1927, and left... More »

Flying Off Shelves: Bullet-Proof Backpacks

Newtown tragedy drives school shooting anxiety

(Newser) - It's the perfect product for a nation on edge about school shootings: the bullet-proof backpack. "It's an awful thing—you would never imagine your child with this kind of stuff—but since the Newtown tragedy, our sales are more than 10 times better," says the head... More »

Obama Promises Gun Action 'Without Delay'

Names Biden to head task force

(Newser) - President Obama took a big public step on gun control today, telling a press conference that he would act on gun control "without delay." As expected , Obama announced that Joe Biden would head up a group to explore ways to reduce gun violence, but this won't be... More »

Shooting Erupts at USC Halloween Party

Argument between 2 men leads to gunfire

(Newser) - A crowded Halloween party at the University of Southern California took a truly scary turn early today, after a reported argument between two non-students escalated to a shooting. A rep for the university's department of public safety tells CNN that one of the men was critically wounded and three... More »

Gunman, 2 Others Dead in Texas Shooting

Police officer and civilian were killed in gunfight

(Newser) - A gunman, a police officer, and a male civilian are dead in a shooting this afternoon near Texas A&M University, reports KHOU . Police say Thomas Cafall, 35, gunned down 41-year-old constable Brian Bachmann while the officer tried to serve an eviction notice at a small house in College Station,... More »

Calif. Gunman: 'Get in Line, I'm Going to Kill You All'

One L. Goh, 43, identified as suspected shooter at Oikos University

(Newser) - The suspected shooter accused of killing seven people on a Christian college campus in Oakland, one of the worst mass killings in California's history, has been identified as 43-year-old One L. Goh, a naturalized citizen from Korea, the Los Angeles Times reports. Goh was upset after having been dismissed... More »

7 Dead in Calif. School Shooting

Three injured; suspect has been detained

(Newser) - A gunman opened fire at a Christian university in California today, killing at least seven people and wounding three more, before being captured in a nearby city, authorities said. The gunfire erupted around midmorning at Oikos University in Oakland, police said. Television footage showed heavily armed officers swarming the building... More »

Ohio Shooting Hero: I Wish I'd Done More

Frank Hall hailed by Ohio community as hero who likely saved lives

(Newser) - When gunshots rang out Monday morning in Chardon High School's cafeteria, everyone hit the deck—except Frank Hall, a massive 6-foot-2, 300-pound assistant football coach who instead yelled, "Hey!" and charged the shooter. "He did what he usually does," one student tells Reuters , "he... More »

Ohio Victim's Mom Begged Son: Don't Go, Danny

'He doesn't get to live his life,' says heartsick Dina Parmertor

(Newser) - Ohio mom Dina Parmertor had a "sick feeling" when she heard about the shooting at Chardon High School on the radio early this week. "I was scared," she says, and tried to call her son—but there was no answer, she tells CBS News . "Danny, it'... More »

Third Boy Dies in School Shooting

Demetrius Hewlin was the 3rd airlifted to Cleveland hospital

(Newser) - A third boy has died in yesterday's shooting at Ohio's Chardon High School . Demetrius Hewlin, a junior at the school, was one of three students airlifted yesterday to Cleveland's MetroHealth Medical Center, reports the Plain Dealer . Daniel Parmertor, 16, and Russell King Jr., 17, died earlier of... More »

Police Kill Gunman, 15, at Texas School

No one else injured

(Newser) - Police have shot and killed an armed 15-year-old student at a middle school in Texas. A Brownsville police detective says police received a call around 8am today about a person with a weapon. Police found the gunman, a student at the school, in a hallway and shot him. The school... More »

Virginia Tech Appeals $55K Shooting Rampage Fine

AG Cuccinelli calls Dept. of Education's findings 'absolutely appalling'

(Newser) - Just shy of one month after it was slapped with $55,000 in federal fines for waiting too long to notify that campus during the 2007 shooting rampage, Virginia Tech has filed an appeal. State AG Kenneth Cuccinelli yesterday called the Department of Education's findings "absolutely appalling,"... More »

2 Detained in Rio School Shooting

Pair sold the gun to the shooter who killed 12 kids

(Newser) - Two men have confessed to illegally supplying a gun to the man who entered a Rio de Janeiro school, opened fire and killed at least 12 children before taking his own life, a police official said today. Charleston Souza de Lucena, 38, and Isaias de Souza, 48, said that they... More »

Gunman Kills 12 at Brazil Elementary School

A fire department rep says at least 20 were wounded

(Newser) - Tragedy in Brazil: A former student killed at least 12 people at an elementary school in Rio de Janeiro this morning. Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, 24, brought two loaded 38-caliber revolvers into the school and opened fire before shooting himself, say police. He reportedly left a note outlining his desire... More »

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