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Texas moves to arm more teachers to prevent school shootings

May. 23, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas moved a big step closer to arming more teachers and school personnel as a way to help prevent future campus shootings, under a bill sent to Gov. Greg Abbott. The measure approved Wednesday night by the state Senate changes the 6-year-old school marshal program that had limited...

2 bullets strike bus after students taken to Chicago museum

May. 22, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Police say stray gunfire struck a suburban school bus after it dropped students at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Chicago police and Northbrook School District 28 officials said only the driver was aboard the bus Tuesday morning when two bullets struck the vehicle....

Teen charged in school threat to Santa with classmate's name

May. 22, 2019 7:15 AM EDT

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida teen has been charged with threatening a school shooting in a postcard to Santa and signing a classmate's name last fall. The Tampa Bay Times reports that the 15-year-old boy was arrested Monday and charged with making written threats to kill or do...

Texas House advances school security bill after shooting

May. 21, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers are gearing up to pass new measures aimed at increasing campus security, adding more armed personnel and boosting student mental health resources a year after a mass shooting at a high school near Houston killed eight students and two substitute teachers. The move marks...

Teacher charged with threatening to 'shoot up' her school

May. 21, 2019 6:39 PM EDT

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina teacher has been charged with threatening to "shoot up" her school. A news release from the Orange County Sheriff's Office says Kristen Thompson was arrested Tuesday on a felony charge of communicating a threat of mass violence. The sheriff's office says Thompson...

Teacher charged with bringing gun to Florida school

May. 21, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

SEMINOLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida teacher was arrested after bringing a handgun and knives to the elementary school where she worked. The Tampa Bay Times reports 49-year-old Betty Jo Soto was arrested and fired Monday. Pinellas County Schools Police say she faces two misdemeanor charges of...

Florida school shooting defendant has brief court appearance

May. 21, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The defendant charged with killing 17 people in last year's Florida school shooting was back in court, but only to learn the next time he must show up. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer on Tuesday set new hearing dates for May 28 and July 17 for 20-year-old Nikolas Cruz in the...

Retrial set for Texas teen charged with killing his parents

May. 21, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas teenager is set to be tried again on capital murder charges in the shooting deaths of his mother and his father, who was a standout linebacker for Texas A&M University before having a short NFL career. The Harris County district attorney's office says 19-year-old Antonio...

'Instincts just took over': Coach describes stopping gunman

May. 21, 2019 6:08 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Former University of Oregon football star Keanon Lowe said he had just entered a classroom at the Portland high school where he works as a coach and security guard when a student armed with a black shotgun appeared in the doorway. Lowe had just seconds Friday to react. He lunged at...

'Instincts just took over': Coach describes stopping gunman

May. 21, 2019 4:07 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Former University of Oregon football star Keanon Lowe said he had just entered a classroom at the Portland high school where he works as a coach and security guard when a student armed with a black shotgun appeared in the doorway. Lowe had just seconds Friday to react. He lunged at...