A 16-year-old student pulled a handgun from his backpack at a high school in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Thursday morning and shot five students, killing two, the authorities said. The gunman was in grave condition after shooting himself in the head, they said.
The suspect has not been identified, but the police said that he was a student at the school, Saugus High School, and that Thursday was his birthday.
The students who died were a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, the authorities said. The other victims, all injured by gunfire, were identified as a 14-year-old girl, a 15-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Most students that committed deadly school shootings over the past decade were badly bullied, had a history of disciplinary trouble and their behavior concerned others but was never reported, according to a U.S. Secret Service study released Thursday.
In at least four cases, attackers wanted to emulate other school shootings, including those at Columbine High School in Colorado, Virginia Tech University and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
The study by the Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center is one of the most comprehensive reviews of school attacks since the Columbine shootings in 1999. The report looked in depth at 41 school attacks from 2008 through 2017.
The information gleaned through the research will help train school officials and law enforcement on how to better identify students who may be planning an attack and how to stop them before they strike.
“These are not sudden, impulsive acts where a student suddenly gets disgruntled,” Lina Alathari, the center’s head, said in an Associated Press interview. “The majority of these incidents are preventable.”
Nearly 40 training sessions for groups of up to 2,000 are scheduled. Alathari and her team trained about 7,500 people during 2018. The training is free.
EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — Sandy Hook Promise is sending a powerful message with a new PSA about school shootings.
We showed the video to El Pasoans to hear their thoughts on the message.
“That ad definitely triggers the emotions and it makes it more like ‘woah,’ you don’t think that your child would have to think ‘Oh, I have to protect mode,’” Chelsea Gevne said. “You don’t think that your 6-year-old is going to have to go to school and think, ‘Fight or flight’ or think that, ‘Oh, those scissors can protect me.’ You don’t want to think that.”
Gevne said she has already spoken with her young children about gun safety.
“I have to talk to them about why some people make bad choices and what they have to do to be able to protect themselves and maybe what they can do to keep at peace with themselves.”
“It makes me sad that our kids have to worry about things like that. They have to worry about themselves, about keeping in contact their families, about protecting others. I’d like to think that that’s something that we can do for them, so it’s kind of heartbreaking,” Kahryn Bastain said.
American firm Tower Pinkster has designed a school in Michigan with the aim of reducing the number of student casualties in the event of a terror attack.
The architecture, engineering and interiors firm designed the entire Fruitport High School campus, from the building's form to details of door locks, with the aim to limiting the effectiveness of a shooter.
Tower Pinkster's approach comes in the wake of a wave of violence in US education facilities, including shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland and Santa Fe High School in Texas.
Fruitport High School, which is currently under construction, is designed in segments that are divided by fire doors. These can be closed at the push of a button in the event of an attack to close off compartments, and isolate the attacker from students.
As students head back to school this week, some will surely have to contend with being bullied.
While physical face-to-face bullying is on the decline, cyberbullying is on the rise says bullying expert and retired Saskatoon Police Services sgt. Brian Trainor, who has been speaking to schools since 2000 and is the co-author of the 2018 book Bully 4 U.
“It’s because of the anonymity,”Trainor, 62, who retired 13 years ago after 27 years of service, said Saturday.
“So parents really need to be looking at their kids phones to see what apps are on there and using that as an opportunity to have a conversation with their kids. A lot of parents now give their kids a phone as early as Grade 2 and have (given) no instruction.”
A 17-year-old high school student has been charged with nine counts of attempted murder after he allegedly opened fire into a crowded football stadium in Mobile, Alabama following a Friday night game.
Deangelo Parnell was arrested early Saturday and is being charged as an adult, according to Charlette Solis, a police spokesperson.
The shooting did not appear to have an intended target and followed a fight that started before the game, Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste said.
A fight was about to occur and the suspect indiscriminately pulled out a weapon, Battiste said.
In addition to the nine injured in the shooting, a person in the crowd suffered a seizure because of the event and a second person injured their hand trying to escape the chaos. Of the injured, six had been treated and released, while three were still in the hospital, police said Saturday.
“This was a cowardly act by an individual that didn’t know how to deal with a conflict or disagreement that he was having with someone else,” said Battiste. Choosing to recklessly discharge a gun in a crowded location is “unacceptable,” he said.
A former teacher at a Canarsie middle school will spend four years behind bars for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student on seven different occasions in 2018, according to Brooklyn’s top prosecutor.
Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Jill Konviser slapped 36-year-old Andre Braddy — a Crown Heights resident and former teacher at Lenox Academy Middle School on Flatlands Avenue — with the four-year sentence on Aug. 22 after he plead guilty in July to second-degree criminal sexual act, promoting a sexual performance of a child and related charges in exchange for the promised sentence.
Prosecutors had been fighting for a five-year sentence for Braddy, who faced up to seven years if convicted at trial.
“This defendant exploited his position of trust to prey on a young student, which is an unconscionable betrayal. Schools should be safe havens and parents must be able to feel that their children are being protected while attending class. I hope today’s sentence brings some closure to the young student and his family, and I remain steadfast in my commitment to protecting our children,” said District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.
An investigation revealed that Braddy, then 34, sexually assaulted a 14-year-old male student on seven different occasions in 2018 between March 19 and April 20 in his classroom and in a bathroom inside the school, according to Gonzalez, who noted that several assaults occurred during school hours.
Braddy was cuffed after the victim’s mother found multiple sexually explicit photos and text messages on his phone and notified the authorities, according to Gonzalez’s office.
The city of Dearborn isn't taking cyberbullying lightly. The state of Michigan made cyberbullying a crime earlier this year, and now Dearborn is setting tough penalties — up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine — for people who violate an ordinance passed by the City Council last month.
The ordinance also more clearly defines online harassment as "posting a message or statement in a public media forum about another person that 'is intended to place a person in fear of harm or death and expresses intent to commit violence against the person.' "
The message must have been posted as a threat, or the poster must know it will be seen as a threat.
OMAHA, NEB. — A former first-grade teacher at an Omaha elementary school has been given 50 to 100 years in prison for sexually assaulting students.
Douglas County District Court records show that 31-year-old Gregory Sedlacek was sentenced Tuesday. He'd pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault of a child. Prosecutors dropped other counts in return.
His attorney, Marc Delman, said he and his client haven't yet discussed an appeal.
Police arrested Sedlacek Dec. 3 on charges involving a 7-year-old girl. He then was charged with more counts after other incidents at Fontenelle Elementary School came to light.
The former school principal, Eric Nelson, is awaiting trial on a charge that he failed to immediately report Sedlacek's behavior to police or state officials.