Student shoots, kills self at Lake Minneola High School, deputies say

A student shot and killed himself Tuesday morning in a courtyard outside Lake Minneola High School in what deputies described as a "planned event."

The shooting occurred as school was beginning at Lake Minneola High, at 101 N. Hancock Road in Minneola.

The student was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to authorities. He was identified Tuesday afternoon as 17-year-old Seth Sutherland, a senior at the school.

Deputies said Sutherland posted on social media before his death, sending private messages to his loved ones to say goodbye and posting a separate public message on Snapchat condemning people he believed contributed to his actions.

Sutherland's family was informed about the shooting, and a chaplain was meeting with them, officials said.

Lake County sheriff's spokesman John Harrell said the shooting occurred during a preplanned fire drill, at which time a classmate found the wounded student.

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Four people were killed and several were wounded, including children, when a gunman went on a shooting rampage in Northern California  on Tuesday, an incident that ended when police shot and killed the gunman inside a car, authorities said.

The shooting started around  8 a.m. after a domestic dispute turned violent, but then ranged from the house to a school in the Rancho Tehama Reserve community. The gunman shot targets seemingly at random, shooting parents on their way to take their children to school even striking a mother and a child in a truck. The mother sustained life-threatening injuries.

In all, authorities said, he left seven crime scenes. They have yet to reveal the identity of the shooter, who had a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns.

“It was very clear early on that we had a subject that was randomly picking targets,” Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston.

At the school, witnesses say that the gunman shot through classroom windows at Rancho Tehama Elementary School injuring a young boy who was struck in "the foot and chest," according to KRCR.

Parent Coy Ferreira told the radio outlet that he was dropping off his daughter at the school Tuesday morning when the shots rang out. Ferreira said he ran into a classroom when he heard shots coming through the classroom windows.

Johnston said the shooter shot inside and outside the school of about 100 students, according to the Record Searchlight

Jeanine Quist, Corning Union Elementary School District spokeswoman, told KABC that a number of students were wounded but no one was killed at the Rancho Tehama school.

Four people were transported to the hospital including three children and one adult.

WDSU reported that a 6-year-old and one other child were injured in the fusillade, which witnesses said was close to 100 rounds.

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8-year-old Georgia boy arrested, facing four criminal charges, for discharging gun in school

A Milledgeville, Georgia boy was arrested on Friday when a gun discharged from the boy's backpack inside an elementary school, WMAZ-TV reported.

The boy attends Lakeview Academy, a school for students in grades 3 through 5.

The boy told investigators that he was unaware that there was a gun in his backpack, and that he had never seen the firearm before. The gun reportedly went off as he was going through his backpack in the back of the classroom.

After authorities arrived at the school, he was placed under arrest.

The boy is facing four charges, according to WMAZ: Carrying a weapon in a school zone; reckless conduct; disrupting or interfering with public school; and possession of a pistol by a person under 18.

Baldwin County Sheriff's Maj. Scott Deason told WMAZ that the firearm was a stolen Smith & Wesson 9-millimeter.

Deason told the Union Reporter that that student could not explain to investigators how he ended up with the gun.

“They questioned the juvenile in the presence of his mother,” Deason toldthe Union Reporter. “The mother also stated she didn’t know how the gun got into her son’s book bag.”

The Union Reporter added that the boy is not allowed back in school until after he goes through the court system.



South Callaway student assaults school staff member

A 15-year-old South Callaway High School student was found in possession of a small knife that was displayed toward a staff member Friday at the Mokane school, according to a Callaway County Sheriff's Office release.

The sheriff's office was called to the school at 9 a.m. Friday for a juvenile matter. The student physically assaulted a school administrator, though not with a weapon. No other students were present.

As deputies attempted to take the juvenile into custody for the felony offenses, the juvenile resisted, and two deputies were assaulted before the student was subdued.

The juvenile was released to the custody of the Callaway County Juvenile Offices with charges of unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action, resisting arrest and assault, according to the release.

The investigation is ongoing, and further charges could be following.



Juvenile brandished knife in Syracuse High School and started dumpster fire, police say

A juvenile male was arrested Wednesday evening after walking into Syracuse High School and brandishing a knife, and later starting a dumpster fire, police say.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. the suspect walked into Syracuse High School wearing a bandanna, covering his face.

When custodians asked him to leave the school, he brandished a knife and then promptly left the school.

When police arrived, a fire had been started near a dumpster behind the school. Fire crews responded and put out the fire immediately. No injuries were reported.

The students attending the after-school activities were escorted out of the school by police officers, who then searched the school for the suspect.

The suspect was identified and taken into custody a short time later. He was booked into Farmington Bay Youth Center on charges of aggravated assault, arson, and criminal trespass.



Girl, 15, arrested and charged after Gwinnett school fight

A Gwinnett County student was outed for being an alleged bully after a video showing her punching another student went viral.

Archer High School students who spoke with Channel 2’s Sophia Choi said the teen probably wanted attention.

Students leaving the Lawrenceville high school Monday told Choi they knew all about the viral video showing the 15-year-old punching a 14-year-old in the locker room.

“The girl who was sitting down, she didn’t do anything wrong, and obviously, she didn’t want to fight,” student Mary Cook said.

“I think it was someone with an unreasonable temper, just someone blowing off steam, looking for attention,” student Garrett Smith said.

Choi showed the video to Gwinnett County resident Andres Garcia, who admitted to being a bully as a kid.

“If there was more adults or more education, then maybe things like that would not happen,” Garcia said.

The principal of Archer High School put out a statement on the school’s website, saying in part:

“Like you, we believe that this type of behavior is not acceptable and I want to reassure you that we already have taken swift and appropriate action.”

Choi learned on Monday that the student was arrested and charged with battery.

"She needs to really take a look at who she is. She needs to look at who she is because a lot of times bullies are lashing out,” Garcia said.

“I think the girl bullied her and she did it for no reason. There was a lot of people in the locker room and she just did it to look cool or something,” Cook said.

The video of the fight went viral after a California woman posted it on Twitter and gave the name the student who threw the punch. The post was retweeted more than 90,000 times.

Choi tried to contact the woman, but she has not heard back.

School leaders would not say what discipline they took with the student, citing privacy issues.

They did say that a battery charge typically leads to a suspension for up to 10 days.



An MIT student’s tragic suicide has some asking whether schools can be held responsible

Han Nguyen was consumed by depression and struggling to stay afloat at one of the world’s most prestigious universities. His mental health continued to decline until one day, moments after a professor confronted him about an offensive email, the 25-year-old jumped from the top of a campus building to his death.

Nguyen’s suicide has sparked a contentious legal battle headed to Massachusetts’ highest court over whether schools can be held responsible when students take their own lives. The case is being closely watched by colleges and universities, who say a decision against the Massachusetts Institute of Technology would place an unreasonable burden on untrained employees to stop suicides.

“It would be groundbreaking,” said Gary Pavela, a consultant on law and policy issues in higher education and author of a book about legal questions surrounding student suicides. “It would cause alarm in higher education,” he said.

The student’s family says his death was preventable and that the school had a legal duty to use reasonable care to protect him from harm. Nguyen’s professors and other MIT officials knew he was a suicide risk, but failed to get him the help he needed, an attorney for Nguyen’s family argues.

Months before Nguyen’s death, a professor encouraged his colleagues to pass him or they might have “blood on their hands.” Moments before Nguyen jumped, the professor “read him the riot act” over an email Nguyen sent to another MIT official that they deemed inappropriate, court records say.

“Academic freedom is not a license to needlessly and recklessly endanger students known to be at risk of death with impunity; and this court should not allow it to become one at institutions that routinely admit students — many with mental health issues — as young as their mid-teens,” attorney Jeffrey Beeler wrote in court documents.

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Body of UC student pulled from Ohio River

A body that was pulled from the Ohio River this week has been identified as a 24-year-old student at the University of Cincinnati.

Sunil Birader was reported missing this past Saturday. Many students were in a state of mourning on campus Friday.

On Thursday, his body was pulled from the Ohio River near Kellogg Avenue. The coroner ruled his death a suicide. Now, his classmates and advisers want to know why.

"All the people that we talked to who had interactions with him say there was no indication that something wasn't going well for him. That's the part of the difficulty understanding this situation," said Ron Cushing, director of International Services at UC.

The 24-year-old engineering student was from India and had just come to UC three months ago.

Parass Timilsna was his classmate. He's also new to the campus, from Nepal, and says it can be a big culture shock adjusting to the U.S.

"If I didn't have my seniors over here who are from my country that I talked to before coming here it would be very hard," said the graduate student.

The university has several programs in place to help students adjust, including counseling. Cushing says it's not always easy getting the students to participate.

"The biggest difficulty we have with students is many of them come from cultures where asking for help and going to see a counselor and things of that nature are something you just don't do -- it's not viewed favorably in their culture," Cushing said.

The Indian Student Association is now considering putting a buddy system in place to let the students feeling homesick know they are not alone.

"I think everybody should help so this thing not occur in the future," said Timilsna.

The association is planning on holding some type of vigil for Birader early next week



Violent attack on Fairfax County student caught on camera

An investigation has been launched by authorities after shocking video captured a vicious attack on a Fairfax County teen.

The mother of the 13-year-old victim said she wants charges filed after the video posted to Snapchat showed her daughter being bullied and beaten. The video shows the 7th grader being struck in the head, knocked off her bike, dragged to the ground and repeatedly punched in the head.

“It’sphoto terrible watching her get punched off of a bike and to curl up in a ball. No mom should ever have to watch that,” the victim’s mother told FOX 5 as she held back tears.

The victim’s glasses were broken and she was rushed to the hospital by ambulance after the attack. She has since been released and is recovering.

Officials said the victim and suspects attend Ormond Stone Middle School in Chantilly, but the attack happened off school grounds. Even though the assault took place off campus, investigators said the school resource officer was conducting interviews to determine who else was involved.

Fairfax County Public Schools told FOX 5 in a statement, “The school is committed to taking serious, proactive steps to raise awareness about bullying and cyberbullying with students and parents.”

While steps are being taken, the victim’s mother said her daughter has been bullied for years and more needs to be done.

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Police: Teacher rescued, suspect killed in school standoff

Authorities shot and killed a man suspected of holding his child's 70-year-old teacher hostage for nearly seven hours in a Southern California elementary classroom Tuesday.

A SWAT team entered the room at Castle View Elementary School, east of Los Angeles, shortly before 6 p.m., Officer Ryan Railsback said.

Negotiators had been talking to the man but hadn't heard from the woman.

"We, of course, had been fearing for the hostage's life all day," Railsback said, but the decision to hurl distracting flash-bang grenades and storm the classroom was made because "the fear for her safety was increasing."

The man was seen being wheeled away on a gurney into an ambulance, and was declared dead at a hospital hours later.

The teacher was taken to a hospital for examination but didn't appear to be injured, Railsback said.

The children were at lunch and were not in the classroom when the man barricaded himself inside with the teacher, said Justin Grayson, a spokesman for the Riverside Unified School District.

Family members and the school identified her as first-grade instructor Linda Montgomery, who had taught at the school for about 20 years.

"She's really good with kids," granddaughter Ariana Montgomery told KABC-TV . "She's really helpful and sweet."

It's still not clear what prompted the man to enter the school shortly before 11:15 a.m. and barricade himself with the teacher, and it wasn't immediately known whether he had a weapon although he did bring a backpack onto campus, Railsback said.

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