Teen turned in by grandmother pleads guilty to planning school shooting

The Washington state teen who garnered national headlines after being turned in by his own grandmother over plans to commit a mass school shooting pleaded guilty to the charges on Thursday.

Joshua O’Connor pleaded not guilty to the charges when he was arrested in February, but submitted a new plea Thursday after coming to an agreement over the charges, according to Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO.

He has been in custody since his arrest on Feb. 14, the same day as the Parkland school massacre, held on $5 million bond.

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California: 32,000 kids return to class on Monday after wildfires hit schools

Just before the Camp fire came upon Paradise, Jori Krulder, an English teacher, was at the town’s high school.

She spent the morning of 8 November in her classroom at Paradise high – and it was there Krulder and her students first saw the ash and leaves raining down.

And it was from the school that they fled.

The Camp fire, which grew to 250 sq miles before it was fully contained this week, destroyed nearly 14,000 homes – including Krulder’s – and damaged or destroyed most schools in Paradise.

Some, like Paradise elementary, were completely destroyed. Others incurred so much damage they may have to be rebuilt entirely.

About 32,000 children have been out of school because of air quality and displacement, including 5,000 from Paradise, Magalia and Concow, the foothill communities affected by the fire.

For Krulder, the days since the fire spent out of school have been challenging. She’s stayed in a stranger’s house with her family, and longed to return to the classroom where she taught for 16 years.

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Boy shot dead at high school after bullying conflict ‘escalated out of control’: Official

A boy was shot dead at a North Carolina high school Monday morning -- allegedly by a classmate -- after a bullying conflict "escalated out of control," officials said.

The shooting at Butler High School in Matthews, North Carolina, about 12 miles outside of Charlotte, was "an isolated incident," the Matthews Police Department said.

One student, a 16-year-old boy in the ninth-grade, was taken into custody and charged with first-degree murder, police said.

The slain student was identified as tenth-grader Bobby Mckeithen, 16, police said.

State Superintendent Mark Johnson said he is "heartbroken to hear that we have lost a student to school violence."

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2 girls plotted to stab classmates to death and drink their blood, cops say

BARTOW, Fla. -- Two middle-school girls -- ages 11 and 12 -- brought knives to their Florida school in a foiled plot to kill classmates, cut them up and drink their blood before killing themselves, police officials said Wednesday. "They told us they were Satan worshipers," Bartow Police Chief Joe Hall said, CBS affiliate WKMG reported.

The girls planned to stake out a bathroom at Bartow Middle School and wait for smaller students to enter, according to a police affidavit. They planned to cut their victims' throats, cut up their bodies and eat the flesh, authorities said. The students then planned to fatally stab themselves.

"The plan was to kill at least 1 student but were hoping to kill anywhere from 15-25 students," the affidavit said. "Killing all of these students was in hopes it would make them worse sinners ensuring that after they committed suicide ... (they) would go to hell so they could be with satan."

Detectives said the girls devised the plot while watching "scary" movies at one of their houses over the weekend. Detectives said the girls posted information about the planned attack on social media. Messages on their cellphones also stated they wanted to leave body parts at the school's entrance, WKMB reported.

The alleged plot was foiled when administrators searched for them after they didn't show up for class Tuesday. The administrators found them in a bathroom stall and brought them back to their offices where they found the girls in possession of four knives, a pizza cutter and a knife sharpener, police said.

After their arrest, the girls were sent to a juvenile detention facility.

"School staff quickly responded to a report of suspicious behavior; the students were taken into custody, and no one was harmed," school officials said in a tweet.

The girls face charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and possession of a weapon at school, among other charges. It will be up to prosecutors to decide whether the girls will be charged formally as juveniles or adults, Deputy Police Chief Bryan Dorman said in an email.

Officials with Polk County Schools said that extra police officers and guidance counselors would be at the school this week.

Shot fired inside East Portland school, police say; no injuries, 1 arrest

Police said they have arrested the mother of a student whose gun fired inside the cafeteria of Jason Lee Elementary School Thursday afternoon.

Police said they don’t believe the gun was fired with the intent to injure anyone. No one was injured.

Police were called to the school, located at 2222 N.E. 92nd Avenue, just after 4:30 p.m.

The 911 caller provided police with a description of the suspect. She had left the school before officers showed up. They found her near Northeast 92nd Avenue and Halsey Street.

Police said the suspect entered the school to pick up her child, and while she was inside the cafeteria, her gun discharged.

The school said the gun was in the person's bag when it went off.

Police said they don’t believe the school community or the neighboring community are in danger.

The school sent a message to school families, saying the school immediately went into lockdown when the incident happened.

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Gun Fired In Baltimore Elementary School Bathroom: Report

BALTIMORE, MD — A Baltimore elementary school was reportedly placed on lockdown Wednesday morning after gunfire was heard inside the building. The incident occurred at Maree Garnett Elementary School at 300 Pontiac Avenue near Brooklyn.

Two students came to school with a gun apiece, then went into the boys bathroom and fired a single shot, according to WBAL. Staff put the school into lockdown before recovering a shell casing and the weapons, the TV station reported, later stating the children — ages 9 and 12 — face weapons charges.

There were two arrests as the result of the incident, according to WJZ.

Any students experiencing anxiety as a result of the incident may receive assistance from school-based support team members and mental health professionals, according to a statement Baltimore City Public Schools provided to ABC 2 News.

According to WBAL, the PTA is calling for increased security such as metal detectors.



Teen arrested with loaded gun at Canton high school

Police arrested a 15-year-old boy with a loaded and stolen handgun at McKinley High School on Wednesday, according to Canton police.

The boy, who lives in the 1900 block of Eighth Street SE, had the .380-caliber Ruger LCP handgun at the school at 2323 17th St. NW at 7:40 a.m. Wednesday, the reports show. Police reports listed the gun as stolen and worth about $300.

The boy was booked into the Multi-County Juvenile Attention Center on charges of having a weapon on school property, carrying a concealed weapon and receiving stolen property.

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Four more rape reports on or near Ohio University campus

Ohio University Police and Athens Police confirmed on Monday that since last week, four more rapes have been reported involving OU students on or near the city campus. The new reports bring the total number of rape investigations to six, just since students moved-in at the campus on August 23rd.

A further report of sexual imposition involving a student has also been made recently.

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Affidavit: 12-year-old points gun at teacher, pulls trigger

ELDRIDGE, Iowa — Court documents say a 12-year-old Iowa boy pointed a gun at his teacher's face and pulled the trigger, but the safety was on.

The Courier reports that court documents say the boy entered a North Scott Junior High classroom on Aug. 31 with a .22-caliber handgun and ordered everyone to the floor before he tried to shoot the teacher. Investigators say when the loaded gun failed to fire, the teacher wrestled it away from him.

The boy is charged with attempted murder, having a weapon on school grounds and assault while displaying a dangerous weapon. He remains in the Scott County Juvenile Detention Center.

The Associated Press doesn't generally name juveniles charged with crimes.


Ex-teacher gets 15 years in prison for raping student

SARATOGA SPRINGS - A former Saratoga Springs fifth-grade teacher was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for raping a student, Saratoga County prosecutors said.

At the sentencing, the male victim addressed Elizabeth Barthelmas in Saratoga County Court directly to tell her that he is a survivor and is the strongest he has ever been, District Attorney Karen A. Heggen said in a news release.

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