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Officer Shoots Student in Class

17-year-old brought a handgun to school, police say

(Newser) - A 17-year-old high school student was shot in a Wisconsin classroom Monday after police said he pointed a gun at them. The student was hospitalized and stable, police said later in the day. No one else was hurt at Waukesha South High School, which is in a suburb of Milwaukee,... More »

Wounded Students 'Held Their Composure'

The teenagers should be out of the hospital in days, doctors say

(Newser) - Three teenagers who were shot at their California high school Thursday are recovering from their wounds, doctors said. A 14-year-old boy has been released from a hospital, ABC reports. Two girls, 15 and 14, should be released soon, doctors said. The 15-year-old, who was shot below the bellybutton, has a... More »

New High School Has Features to Foil Shooters

'It will be the most secure high school building in the state'

(Newser) - A high school in western Michigan has been redesigned to make it harder to kill the students inside. The $48 million project, which includes the building of new sections at Fruitport High School and the renovation of old ones, adds features including curved hallways that would reduce sight lines for... More »

Freed School Shooter Killed in Car Crash

Andrew Golden was 11 when he took part in shooting that killed 5

(Newser) - One of the youngest people convicted of murder in American history has been killed in a car crash, 21 years after he and another student killed four students and a teacher at a middle school in Arkansas. Police say 33-year-old Drew Grant was killed in a crash Saturday evening in... More »

Source: Shooting Suspects Tried to Burn Home First

Sources say a guard may have accidentally fired on a deputy amid the chaos

(Newser) - A former Marine working as a private security guard may have fired on a sheriff's deputy amid the chaos of the Colorado school shooting this week, the Denver Post reports, citing a law enforcement source. The source says investigators are trying to determine whether one of the eight students... More »

Children in Nigeria, Brazil Are Killed While at School

Building collapse, mass shooting leave communities in mourning in two parts of the world

(Newser) - More than a dozen children were killed Wednesday when tragedy struck two schools in different parts of the world.
  • Two gunmen opened fire at a school in southeastern Brazil, near São Paulo, the BBC reports. Officials say at least six students and two employees were killed. About 1,000
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A Year Later, the US Remembers Parkland

With moment of silence, and more

(Newser) - One year later, Southwest Florida schools honored the victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., with a moment of silence at 10:17am Thursday. Schools in at least three counties did so, per Fox 4 ; Local 10 estimates hundreds of thousands of students... More »

Judge: School, Cops Had No Legal Duty to Protect Parkland Teens

But another judge last week had a different view about officer Scot Peterson

(Newser) - A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit claiming sheriff's deputies and school officials failed to protect students during the Feb. 14 Parkland shooting. Claiming severe trauma and psychological injuries, 15 students of Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School argued their civil and due process rights were violated. "... More »

Parent Spots 'Jarring' Lockdown Rhyme in Kindergarten Room

'To be shocked by it is important,' says parent Georgy Cohen

(Newser) - It reads just like a nursery rhyme, but the subject is a very mature one. "Lockdown, lockdown, lock the door. Shut the lights off, say no more. Go behind the desk and hide. Wait until it's safe inside. Lockdown, lockdown, it's all done. Now it’s time... More »

8th-Graders Given Ominous Graduation Gift

Graduates of Pennsylvania school receive bulletproof plates

(Newser) - "I never thought I'd need this." That's what one Pennsylvania middle-schooler told WTXF after receiving an unusual graduation gift Monday. The eighth-grade class of St. Cornelius in Chadds Ford was given ballistic shields that slide into backpacks as protection from bullets, per the New York Times ... More »

Parkland Security Officer: 'Why Didn't I Know to Go In?'

Scot Peterson defends actions at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, also second-guesses himself

(Newser) - Eight security guards manned the grounds of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, but only one had a gun—and that one resource officer says he now grapples daily with the 17 lives lost and 17 injured on his watch on Feb. 14. The Washington Post talks with Scot Peterson, now... More »

'You're All Going to Die,' Cruz Laughs in Chilling Video

He discusses shooting plan, motives in 3 videos out Wednesday

(Newser) - "Hello. My name is Nik and I'm going to be the next school shooter of 2018." So begins one of three short cellphone videos recorded by Nikolas Cruz at some point before he killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb.... More »

GOP Rep Blames School Shootings on Porn

Tenn. gubernatorial candidate says it's a 'big part of the root cause'

(Newser) - Pornography is playing a "big part" in the spike in school shootings, according to a Republican congresswoman running for governor of Tennessee. While discussing school shootings during a meeting with pastors in Clarksville last week, Rep. Diane Black said porn is "available on the shelf when you walk... More »

Student Killed at Santa Fe High Returns to Pakistan in a Coffin

Sabika Sheikh was buried on Wednesday

(Newser) - "19 days until I'm back!" said the Snapchat message sent to her best friend last Friday morning. But Sabika Sheikh ended up returning home to Pakistan sooner than planned: Her body arrived in Karachi in a flag-draped coffin Wednesday. The 17-year-old was one of the victims of... More »

Girl Who Spurned Texas Suspect Was Among Victims

Mom of 16-year-old Shana Fisher said Dimitrious Pagourtzis 'continued to get more aggressive'

(Newser) - Sixteen-year-old Shana Fisher died in the art room of Santa Fe High School on Friday, but only after "4 months of problems from this boy," the suspected shooter, Shana's mom tells the Los Angeles Times . Sadie Rodriguez says that Dimitrios Pagourtzis "kept making advances on her... More »

He Was Shot in School in 2016. Now, Punishment for a Protest

Cooper Caffrey gets detention for March 14 student walkout

(Newser) - It shouldn't be surprising that a survivor of a school shooting might want to demonstrate against gun violence in schools—but maybe a little bit surprising that his school would punish him for it. That's the plight of Cooper Caffrey, a sophomore at Madison High School in Ohio,... More »

Sheriff: Maryland School Shooter Killed Himself

Cops release new details, timeline of latest school shooting

(Newser) - The student who fatally shot a female classmate last week at a Maryland high school died from a self-inflicted gunshot in a confrontation with a school resource officer who also fired his gun, police said Monday. The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that 17-year-old... More »

District Upgrades Security Policy From 'Throw Stones'

Pennsylvania schools will get armed security, too

(Newser) - A rural school district in Pennsylvania that has armed teachers and students with rocks to ward off potential school shooters has arranged for armed security, reports the AP . Blue Mountain School District Superintendent David Helsel said in a statement posted on the district's website that "Starting tomorrow and... More »

School District Arms Students With Rocks

But official says it's only a 'last resort'

(Newser) - Active shooters in one Pennsylvania school district better watch out: the teachers and students are armed with rocks. David Helsel, superintendent of the Blue Mountain School District in Schuylkill County, raised the plan at a state House committee meeting on education last week, the Hill reports. "If an armed... More »

Sandy Hook Mom Pens Moving Letter to Jacob Hall's Mom

'Jacob was your superhero. Dylan was my Superman': Nicole Hockley to Renae Hall

(Newser) - No one ever really knows another's pain over the loss of a loved one, but Nicole Hockley probably has, more than most, a "sense of the journey" Renae Hall is now taking. Hockley is the mom of Dylan Hockley, a 6-year-old who died in the 2012 Sandy Hook... More »

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