Latest School shootings News

Attorney: Deputy had no obligation to confront school gunman

Jul. 21, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for a former Florida sheriff's deputy want a judge to dismiss felony charges stemming from his failure to enter a school building while a gunman carried out a massacre. Scot Peterson's attorneys say prosecutors stretched the laws "beyond their breaking points" when...

Attorneys want school shooting suspect's statements tossed

Jul. 19, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

BENTON, Ky. (AP) — Attorneys for a Kentucky teenager charged with fatally shooting two classmates and wounding 14 others at school filed a motion to suppress his statements to investigators. The Louisville Courier Journal reports Gabriel R. Parker's attorneys say his statements weren't voluntary, violated...

Man gets prison for threats made to Harvard black event

Jul. 18, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — An Arizona man authorities say threatened to bomb Harvard University and shoot people who attended black commencement has been sentenced to more than a year in prison. A federal judge in Boston sentenced 25-year-old Nicholas Zuckerman on Wednesday to a year and three months behind bars and...

Parkland suspect allowed to skip hearings ahead of trial

Jul. 17, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Parkland school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz will be allowed to skip many future court hearings as his planned trial draws closer in the 2018 massacre that left 17 people dead, a judge ruled Wednesday. Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer granted the hearing waiver...

Brother of slain Sandy Hook student plans to run for office

Jul. 15, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The 19-year-old brother of a Sandy Hook school shooting victim and outspoken advocate for greater school safety measures says he's running for the Connecticut Senate. Republican JT Lewis of Newtown posted a video on Twitter Monday, announcing plans to challenge Republican Sen. Tony...

Man charged in shooting of Giants draft pick and teammate

Jul. 13, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An 18-year-old Kansas man has been charged in the April attack that wounded New York Giants draft pick Corey Ballentine and killed one of his Washburn University teammates, Dwane Simmons. Francisco Alejandro Mendez was charged Friday with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree...

Appeals court sides with Newtown in school shooting lawsuit

Jul. 12, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut appeals court has upheld a lower court decision to throw out a lawsuit filed by the parents of two Sandy Hook School shooting victims against Newtown and its school district. The appeals court agreed in a Friday ruling with the lower court's determination that the town...

Pakistani family visits school where exchange student shot

Jul. 11, 2019 11:52 PM EDT

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The family of a Pakistani exchange student who was one of 10 people killed in a mass shooting at a Texas high school last year traveled to the U.S and visited the school and community this week, wanting to learn more about the nine months she had spent there, including her final...

Armed Utah teachers practice responding to school shootings

Jul. 5, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) — Nancy Miramontes had 30 seconds to find the gunman. The Utah school psychologist weaved through a maze of dusty halls before spotting him in the corner of a classroom, holding a gun to a student's head. She took a deep breath and fired three shots, the first time she's ever used a...

Life sentence for accomplice of Kenya attack that killed 148

Jul. 3, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan court on Wednesday sentenced one man to life in jail and two others to 41 years each for being accomplices to the 2015 Garissa University attack in which 148 people were killed. Phone records and handwriting linked the three to the attack in eastern Kenya which killed mostly...