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Teacher Unions Call for End to Active Shooter Drills

Drills can harm students' mental health, they say

(Newser) - The nation's two largest teachers' unions are calling for schools to revise or eliminate active shooter drills, saying they can harm students' mental health and that there are better ways to prepare for the possibility of a school shooting. The American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association joined... More »

Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theorist Arrested in Florida

Wolfgang Halbig harassed parents of slain children

(Newser) - A Florida man obsessed with harassing the parents of murdered children has been arrested and charged with unlawful possession of the personal identification of another person. Authorities say Wolfgang Halbig—who has long claimed that the December 2012 massacre of 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School... More »

Student Shot Dead in School's ROTC Room

DA says Texas teen mistakenly killed friend

(Newser) - A 16-year-old student mistakenly shot his friend in their Houston-area high school’s ROTC room before fleeing and being arrested several hours later, officials say. The two were in a room at Bellaire High School with four other students but no adult Tuesday afternoon when the 16-year-old took a semi-automatic... More »

Mayor on Mexico School Shooting: 'So, So Sad'

6th-grader dies after shooting teacher to death, injuring 6 others in private school in Mexico

(Newser) - A shooting at a private school in Mexico has left two dead (including the shooter) and six injured, officials say—and the shooter is said to have been an 11-year-old 6th grader who came to school with two guns. CNN reports the attack took place at the Cervantes de Torreon... More »

Student Who Gave His Life 'Becomes' a Jedi

Riley Howell prevented more deaths in school shooting

(Newser) - A North Carolina college student hailed by police as a hero for preventing more injuries and deaths after a gunman opened fire in a classroom has now been immortalized as a Jedi by the production company for the Star Wars franchise, the AP reports. News outlets report the family of... More »

Radio Host Fired for Joking About School Shooting

He said he wanted distraction from impeachment

(Newser) - A Colorado talk radio host is out of a job after an ill-advised joke about wanting to see a "nice school shooting" to distract from the "never-ending impeachment of President Trump." Chuck Bonniwell—speaking in a studio less than 15 miles from Columbine High School—made the... More »

After School Shootings, a Telling Rise in Prescriptions

Antidepressant use increases among students after a fatal incident

(Newser) - Researchers have found a tangible sign that fatal school shootings take a long-lasting toll even on students who escape the bullets. Prescriptions for antidepressants spike among young people in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, according to a new study, reports CBS News . Specifically, the rate of such prescriptions rises... More »

During School Shooting, Teen Unlocks Mosque for Students

17-year-old Duaa Ahmad stayed calm, acted quickly during chaos at Wisconsin high school

(Newser) - When students in an AP English class at a Wisconsin high school heard a gunshot Tuesday and the teacher yelled for the students to go, what followed was a complete state of confusion and chaos. One student, however, knew just what to do as she and her classmates at Oshkosh... More »

Wisconsin Sees Another Shooting at a School

Officer shoots allegedly armed student just one day after the last, very similar incident

(Newser) - On Monday, a student who allegedly pulled a gun was shot by a police officer at a Wisconsin high school. On Tuesday the state saw another shooting at another school in a very similar incident: This time, gunshots were reported in the morning at Oshkosh West High School. The city'... More »

Sheriff Says Teen Used 'Ghost Gun' in School Shooting

California teen's father had guns confiscated

(Newser) - The weapon used in last week's school shooting in California was an unregistered "ghost gun" assembled from a kit, authorities say. While it's not clear who assembled it, police say the parts can be bought online or at gun shows without a background check and instructions can... More »

Arrest Made in High School Football Game Shooting

Alvin Wyatt, 31, has been charged on 5 counts

(Newser) - Six men have been charged after a shooting at a New Jersey high school football game, including the alleged gunman and one of the three people wounded in what authorities said Saturday was the result of "petty vengeance." The wounded man, Ibn Abdullah, 27, was the target of... More »

Calif. School Shooting Had Surprise First Responders

That was the 'silver lining,' says LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva

(Newser) - Amid yet another school shooting, a ray of hope: two off-duty officers and a detective who rushed to help, USA Today reports. "Off-duty first responders were there and did not hesitate, turned around and went right into the source of the gunfire to attempt to neutralize it, and they... More »

Suspect in Latest School Shooting Dies

16-year-old Nathaniel Berhow had turned his gun on himself after shooting 5 others

(Newser) - Authorities are still trying to figure out why a California teen brought a semi-automatic pistol to school on his 16th birthday, killing two fellow students and injuring three before turning the firearm on himself, and now they won't be able to get more insight from the suspect himself. NBC... More »

School Shooting Suspect: It Was His 16th Birthday

Neighbors say he was 'quiet, smart kid'

(Newser) - A teenager accused of killing two students and injuring three at a California high school was a "quiet, smart" kid, according to classmates and neighbors who have no idea why he would carry out a shooting rampage on his 16th birthday. Law enforcement sources identified the Santa Clarita suspect... More »

2 Dead in Shooting at California High School

One other in critical condition, teen suspect in custody

(Newser) - Two teens are dead and another victim is in critical condition Thursday after a shooting at a Southern California high school, NBC Los Angeles reports. Police and firefighters responded to Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, about 40 miles north of LA, around 7:30am, KTLA reports. The deceased students... More »

Cops: Teen Shoots Fellow Student, Goes to Class

Police in Santa Rosa, California, say suspect blended in with other students

(Newser) - A teenage gunman blended into a classroom Tuesday after shooting a fellow student multiple times just outside a Northern California high school, an attack that prompted an hourslong lockdown of more than 10,000 students and staffers in a complex with three schools, authorities said. Using surveillance footage, officers tracked... More »

Coach Disarmed Student, Showed Him 'Compassion'

Keanon Lowe confronts the student in newly released surveillance video

(Newser) - Surveillance video of an armed student shows how he was treated after being disarmed: with a hug. Keanon Lowe, a football coach and security guard at Parkrose High School in Portland, Oregon, garnered media attention after disarming Angel Granados-Diaz at the school in May. Now video obtained by KOIN through... More »

Mom Who Called Cops on Her Son Faces Charges

Mary York warned authorities her teen son was armed, headed to school

(Newser) - Mary York was hailed as a hero after the Indiana mom called 911 in December to report that her son was armed and heading for a school that he had threatened to shoot up—but now she's in jail. The 14-year-old boy ultimately killed himself after shooting at police... More »

School Shooting Hero Is Now a Marine

Brendan Bialy, who helped stop Colorado school shooting, finishes boot camp

(Newser) - In May, two gunmen entered STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado and opened fire, killing one and injuring eight . Partly why the carnage at the charter school wasn't worse: Students helped stop the shooting. One of those teen heroes was Brendan Bialy, who tackled and disarmed one of the... More »

Video Captures Shooting of 6 Teens at Football Game

In all, 10 people were injured at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Alabama

(Newser) - A 17-year-old student was arrested Saturday in connection with a shooting that happened at a high school football game in Alabama, leaving at least 10 people injured, the AP reports. Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste tells news outlets that six people were directly shot Friday and one person had a... More »

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