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The STEM School Shooting Was Different, Yet Horribly Familiar

BuzzFeed takes a deep dive into the May incident and what led up to it

(Newser) - The May 7 shooting at at Colorado's STEM School Highlands Ranch hasn't gotten as much attention as other school shootings, possibly because only one person was killed: 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo, who gave his life helping to stop one of the alleged shooters. But in a deep dive into... More »

Colorado School Shooter Reveals His Motive

Alec McKinney says he targeted kids over gender taunts

(Newser) - A high school student charged in a classmate's death during a Colorado school shooting told police that he planned the attack for weeks and intended to target classmates who repeatedly mocked his gender identity, the AP reports. Written summaries of police interviews with the two suspected shooters portray 16-year-old... More »

Ex-Football Star Stops School Shooting

Keanon Lowe says he's 'realizing we have a serious problem'

(Newser) - A former college football standout at the University of Oregon was credited Friday with tackling an armed student at a Portland, Oregon, high school before anyone was injured, the AP reports. Keanon Lowe, a football and track coach and a security guard at Parkrose High School, told reporters as he... More »

Accused Colorado Shooters Hit With Dozens of Charges

Devon Erickson and Alec McKinney will apparently be tried as adults

(Newser) - Two students suspected of shooting nine classmates, one fatally, in their Colorado charter school appeared in court Wednesday to face dozens of criminal charges that included murder and attempted murder, the AP reports. The parents of the teen who was killed in the attack looked on before attending to their... More »

STEM School Parent Warned That a Student Might Snap

Officials investigated, later sued the woman for defamation over 'defamatory' statements

(Newser) - The mother of a student at the Colorado school where one student was shot to death this week and eight were wounded warned school officials that stress was building there, to the point where she feared "something like a Columbine" could happen, CNN reports. After the woman told a... 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 »

School Shooting Victim Tackled Suspect Before He Was Killed

The latest on the shootings at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado

(Newser) - The student killed in Tuesday's shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in suburban Denver went out a hero. Kendrick Castillo, 18, along with two of his friends , tackled a shooter—seen pulling a gun out of a guitar case—and was shot in the chest, reports NBC News . The... More »

Shooters 'Got Deep Inside School' in Colorado

Police say both suspects were students at Highlands Ranch school

(Newser) - Two students are in custody after opening fire on their classmates at a Denver-area charter school Tuesday, police say. Sheriff Tony Spurlock says the suspects—one adult and one juvenile—were taken into custody within around two minutes of reports of shots being fired at the STEM School Highlands Ranch,... More »

At Least 7 Injured in Denver-Area School Shooting

2 suspects are in custody

(Newser) - Authorities say at least seven people have been injured in a shooting at a suburban Denver school, the AP reports. Douglas County Undersheriff Holly Nicholson-Kluth said Tuesday that two suspects have been taken into custody in the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch. She says there's a possible eighth... More »

Shooting Hero to Be Buried With Full Military Honors

Thousands signed a petition to recognize Riley Howell

(Newser) - After more than 33,000 people signed a petition requesting the honor, the college student who was killed trying to stop a gunman in his North Carolina classroom will be buried with full military honors Sunday, CBS News reports. Riley Howell, 21, was in the ROTC program at the University... More »

Student Gave His Life in UNC Shooting

Riley Howell 'took the assailant off his feet': police

(Newser) - A North Carolina college student tackled a gunman who opened fire in his classroom, saving others' lives but losing his own in the process, police said Wednesday. Riley Howell, 21, was among students gathered for end-of-year presentations in an anthropology class at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte when a man... More »

Public Defender Asks to Drop School Shooting Suspect

Nikolas Cruz is set to inherit $432K

(Newser) - The public defenders for the Parkland school massacre suspect unexpectedly asked to withdraw from the case Wednesday, saying the 20-year-old man will soon inherit nearly a half-million dollars and no longer qualify for free legal representation. The Broward County Public Defender's Office filed the unexpected notice late Wednesday, saying... More »

Columbine, 20-Plus Schools Go on Lockout

The FBI leads the probe into a 'suspicious person'

(Newser) - Columbine is on lockout, and it's not alone. Over 20 other schools in Jefferson County, Colo., also restricted access Tuesday as officials investigated what they called a "credible threat," the Denver Post reports. The FBI is leading the probe with help from the county sheriff and area... More »

Wife of Sandy Hook Dad Who Took His Life Speaks Out

Jennifer Hensel posts note to GoFundMe in wake of Jeremy Richman's suicide

(Newser) - The wife of the Sandy Hook Elementary School parent who committed suicide on Monday has spoken out on her husband's death in a note published to a GoFundMe campaign started in support of her family. Jennifer Hensel and Jeremy Richman's daughter, Avielle, was one of the 20 students... More »

Deadly School Shooting Was 'Inspired by Columbine'

Former students killed 5 pupils, 3 adults in Brazil

(Newser) - Police in Brazil say Wednesday's school shooting near Sao Paulo was apparently inspired by another massacre that involved two shooters: the infamous 1999 Columbine school shooting in Colorado. The shooters at the Raul Brasil school in Suzano, who killed at least five students and two adults after storming the... More »

Teen Who Planned School Massacre Learns His Fate

Wash. teen turned in by grandma gets 22 years

(Newser) - A Washington state teenager reported to authorities by his grandmother after she saw plans for a school massacre has been sentenced to 22 years in prison. Everett resident Joshua O'Connor, 19, pleaded guilty in December to charges including attempted first-degree murder and possession of an explosive device, KOMO reports.... More »

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 »

'Siri, I Am Going to Shoot Up a School'

Indiana teen arrested after disturbing query

(Newser) - A 13-year-old boy in Indiana ended up in juvenile detention after asking Siri a disturbing question—and sharing the results online. The Valparaiso Police Department says the teen told the Apple digital assistant, "Siri, I am going to shoot up a school," Fox reports. Police say the teen... More »

Town Rallies Around Mom Who Called 911 on Her Son

Mary York almost certainly saved lives

(Newser) - An Indiana mom made a heart-wrenching choice, and now her community is rallying around her. Dozens showed up for a candlelight vigil Sunday in Richmond to support Mary York, who called 911 Thursday to warn that her son was going to Dennis Intermediate School with a gun, per ABC News... More »

New Adam Lanza Documents Paint a Disturbing Picture

He wrote of his 'scorn for humanity'

(Newser) - Newly released journals and other Adam Lanza documents don't directly state a reason for his monstrous crime—but they do paint a picture of a severely disturbed young man descending into isolation and hate. The documents include medical and school records as well as communications up until just days... More »

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