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Police have taken a suspect into custody after reports of gunfire at a central Illinois high school, according to school officials.

Authorities responded to reports of an active shooter at Mattoon High School just before noon and have since taken the alleged gunman into custody, officials said in a statement on Facebook.

The suspect, a student at the high school, fired several shots before he was subdued by school officials and resource officers, according to the statement.

At least one student was injured in the violent incident, which unfolded in the school's cafeteria. The victim is currently in stable condition at a local hospital.

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Robert E. Lee HS student commits suicide after bullying

An East Texas family reached past their pain to help others just two days after 16-year-old Dylan Alvarado committed suicide due to bullying.

Alvarado was a student at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler. He died Monday, Sept. 18. and is the second teen in East Texas to commit suicide in less than two weeks.

Alvarado's mother, Kelly Ellis, is a nurse, a mother and the newest member of a growing group no one wants to be a part of.

Like so many nurses and mothers, she tried to be strong.

“I’m okay,” she said, as her eyes filled with tears. “Not really. To be honest, my heart’s in a million pieces. All the bullying at school has been affecting his emotional state.”

While he dealt with his own personal issues like depression and anxiety, she said the bullying became overwhelming.

“He never wanted me to report it because he felt like it would make it worse,” Ellis said.

Recently, Alvarado asked to be homeschooled.

“Then it just got to be too much,” Ellis said as her tears fell. “He decided to take his life away. We did everything we could for him.”

Ellis and her family have a message for others struggling like her son did.

“I want adolescents out there to know to know to reach out to their family and friends and church members and neighbors,” she said. “Don’t be scared to talk to somebody. Nothing in this world is worth taking your own life. If this will just help save one kid’s life, it would just melt my heart and help bring it back to become whole again."

Service will be held for Alvarado Saturday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. at Burks Walker and Tippit Funeral Home, located at 215 E Front St Tyler, TX 75702. There will be no viewing or visitation but a graveside service will follow.

The family asked that instead of flowers, donations be given to in memory of Alvarado. The site is a resource for those experiencing a suicidal crisis or emotional distress. If you or someone you know has thoughts of suicide, call the free, 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.



Student commits suicide at University of Houston academic building

A student committed suicide at Agnes Arnold Hall, an academic building on the University of Houston's campus, a spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

The student's body was discovered Wednesday morning, spokesman Mike Rosen said.

Agnes Arnold houses classes in history, modern and classical languages, philosophy, African-American studies and other departments.

UH's student government has aimed to promote mental health awareness this year. Last week, the group displayed 1,100 T-shirts on campus grounds to represent student suicide deaths.

Norma Ngo, who directs UH's counseling center, said in an interview last month that the university had moved to a walk-in system for appointments so that students would not need to make a counseling appointment weeks in advance.



2 dead, students injured in crash involving school bus

GLASGOW - Two people were killed and several children were injured in a head-on crash near Glasgow on Tuesday morning that involved a school bus and pickup truck.

The victims were identified by the Valley County Sheriff as Julie Steiger, 31, of Troy, and Jim Belcher, 73, of Fort Peck.

The crash happened around 6:40 a.m. on Highway 2 near Vandalia, northwest of Glasgow.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Mitch Willett said Steiger was driving eastbound in a pickup truck that completely crossed the center line and struck the westbound short bus head-on.

The posted speed limit on the two-lane highway is 70 mph, according to Willett, but the speeds of neither vehicle have been determined.

Steiger, who was not wearing a seat belt, and Belcher, who was wearing a seat belt, were both killed by the impact.

Willett said three or four kids were on the bus at the time of the crash. The kids were injured and transported to the hospital for treatment, said Willett.

The ages of the children were not released.

None of the injuries to the children were life-threatening. One child was then taken to a hospital in Billings for more advanced treatment.

"I was just amazed when I came up over the hill and saw the first responders, Long Run and Glasgow fire departments and our EMTs," said Glasgow Superintendent Bob Connors. "I did notice our chief of police, who was out of his jurisdiction, was there. Our sheriff was there, and Montana Highway Patrol was there, too. It was just amazing and comforting to know that our first responders are very professional and well-trained."

It's unclear why the pickup crossed the center line, but Willett said the preliminary investigation shows Steiger had been driving all morning from northwest Montana and may have been fatigued.

The school is offering counseling to any students that request it.



3 minors arrested after high school fire causes $400K damage

” Three juveniles have been arrested in connection with arson at a Louisiana high school that caused up to $400,000 in damage.

Baker Fire Chief Christopher Hunt told news outlets the fire started Sunday afternoon at an unoccupied Baker High School building still under renovation following flooding in August 2016. The fire tore through the building’s electrical system and water pipes and destroyed the roof. The fire also damaged books and other classroom materials in storage.

Crews from multiple departments had the fire under control within two hours.

Baker School District Superintendent Herman Brister says the damage will complicate efforts to obtain Federal Emergency Management Agency restoration funds.

Hunt said the three juveniles were processed at the Baton Rouge Fire Department headquarters Sunday night and would be transferred to juvenile detention.



Student goes on hunger strike to get pervy professor fired

A student at the University of Rochester has vowed not to eat until the school fires a professor who has been accused of sex harassment by ​seven faculty members and multiple students — who allege he threw wild, drugged-out hot tub parties and pressured female students into sex.

The professor, D​​r. Florian Jaeger of the university’s brain and cognitive sciences department, even once emailed an unwanted photo of his genitals, according to allegations, made in a complaint filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The hunger-striking student, Lindsay Wrobel, says she hasn’t eaten since midnight on Thursday — in hopes of getting Jaeger ousted, she told the Fox affiliate in Rochester.

“It is painful and it is scary, thinking about what comes next,” Wrobel told Fox on Saturday night, as she neared her third full day without food.

“I’ve had nausea, I’ve had headaches I’ve had muscle aches really bad. Anytime I do anything, like texting feels like work,” she said.

On Aug. 30, Wrobel and seven current and former professors filed an EEOC complaint alleging sexual harassment by Jaeger, a professor in the cognitive and brain sciences department.

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Georgia Tech student shot dead by police on campus

A student at the Georgia Institute of Technology died early Sunday after police shot him on campus the previous evening — when they said he refused officers’ orders to drop a knife he was holding.

Scout Schultz, 21, was pronounced dead early Sunday morning after he was taken to the hospital, Fox 5 Atlanta reported. Georgia Tech police were called to West Campus residential community after a person called 911 claiming someone with a knife and gun was near the campus. It was not clear if investigators ever found a gun.

Schultz, a fourth-year computer engineering major and the president of the Georgia Tech Pride Alliance, allegedly was armed with a knife and refused to put the weapon down when officers urged him multiple times to do so. Videos taken by witnesses showed Schultz, who appeared to be barefoot, holding an object in his right hand, WSB-TVreported. He then was seen yelling, “shoot me” to the officers.

“Drop the knife! Drop the knife!" the officers were heard shouting back.

"Nobody wants to hurt you, man. Drop the knife," an officer said again, ordering him to put the weapon down.

Another video showed Schultz walking forward before an officer fired his gun at Schultz. Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said the officer shot the student after he “continued to advance on the officers with the knife.”

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As Flathead school threats expand, law enforcement calls acts “cyber terrorism”

Although everyone is still safe in the Flathead Valley, the electronic threat that closed schools last week is having an impact on the students, parents and educators trying to carry on normal lives.

The Flathead County Sheriff's Office called the threat an act of "cyber terrorism” in a Saturday morning news release and Columbia Falls Police Chief Clint Peters said the threats had spread to texts sent directly to parents, teachers and students after the Columbia Falls School District's computers were hacked.

The unprecedented decision to close schools throughout Flathead County Thursday and Friday and to cancel all school-related weekend activities sent ripples throughout the state, upending athletic contests and schedules and cancelling a homecoming celebration.

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10-Year-Old Boy Struck By SUV Driver Who Ignored Flashing Lights, Stop Sign On School Bus: Cops

A 10-year-old boy was airlifted to the hospital after being hit by a SUV while he was crossing the road to get to his school bus Friday morning, Suffolk Police said.

The boy, a student at William T. Rogers Middle School, was crossing First Avenue at Carlson Avenue in Kings Park at 7:54 a.m. when the 81-year-old driver of a 1998 Dodge Durango that was going northbound on First Avenue ignored the flashing red lights and stop sign on the school bus and struck the boy, police said.

Jessica Palencia, 21, identified the boy as her brother Ian Palencia-Mendoza, according to a report in Newsday.

The boy airlifted by Suffolk County Police helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The driver of the SUV, Pasquale Izzo, of Kings Park, stayed at the scene. He has not been charged with a crime at this point, but drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses can face fines and up to 30 days in jail, according to state law.

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DOE: Mililani High cafeteria worker diagnosed with mumps

Students at three Mililani schools got alternate lunches Friday after a school food service worker was diagnosed with mumps.

A letter sent home to parents said the alternate lunches were served at Mililani High, Mililani Uka Elementary and Mililani Waena Elementary.

"I got a call at 9:40 this morning, so that's just about an hour and 20 minutes before our first meal service," said Mililani High School principal Fred Murphy.

The state Education Department said Mililani High School's cafeteria prepares about 2,500 school lunches daily for the high school and area elementary schools.

"From the student side of things, during class we were all aware because we had a P.A. announcement that happened during class," said student body president Alyssa Yamada-Barretto. "And so they basically said that we would only have one lunch today." She said the high school usually has two lunch periods.

Lunches prepared Friday were pulled after the worker's diagnosis was confirmed.

"The infectious period was before the employee had felt symptoms, and happened to be on campus one of the days," said Murphy. "That was September 7, about a week and a half ago, during the infectious period."

"All of our food service workers follow proper health and safety procedures when preparing food and the decision to withdraw today’s lunches was made in an abundance of caution for our students’ health,” said complex area Superintendent Bob Davis. “All students were provided alternate lunches and our cafeteria facilities will be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly as they are each day.”

The state has been grappling with an outbreak of mumps, which is easily spread. Health officials have said that the mumps virus cannot be easily spread through food. It is usually spread by coughing, sneezing or talking, or sharing items like cups or eating utensils.

"The employee hasn't been back here in a week and a half, but we wanted to make sure that we pulled back all the meals for today as soon as we knew, and do a deep clean in our cafeteria and serve an alternate meal," said Murphy.

School counselors and administrators scrambled to find those meals, which included hamburgers from the Burger King across the street from campus. There were also pizzas and hot dogs from four different Costco's, along with pizzas from Papa John's and Domino's. They were given to all students free of charge.

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