Latest School violence News

Schools eye facial recognition technology to boost security

Jul. 23, 2018 2:48 AM EDT

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) — The surveillance system that has kept watch on students entering Lockport schools for over a decade is getting a novel upgrade. Facial recognition technology soon will check each face against a database of expelled students, sex offenders and other possible troublemakers. It could be...

Florida site of school massacre to get a therapy dog

Jul. 20, 2018 3:54 PM EDT

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Florida high school where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting is getting a therapy dog to help students who need emotional support. River, a 3-month-old female Bernese mountain dog-poodle mix, has been adopted by Ray and Diana Haneski. Diana is a library media specialist at...

Man gets 33 months for racist threats directed at Howard U

Jul. 20, 2018 3:25 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia man has been sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison for threatening to murder African Americans at historically black Howard University in 2015. U.S. District Judge Liam O'Grady sentenced 27-year-old John Edgar Rust of Alexandria to 33 months in federal court...

Rural county seeks to be first in Virginia to arm teachers

Jul. 20, 2018 11:08 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Nationally, teachers are overwhelmingly against the idea of carrying weapons into classrooms. Not so in the westernmost county of Virginia, where declining revenues from growing tobacco and mining coal have left the local government unable to afford more than four resource officers to...

Kentucky board approves tax increase to make schools safer

Jul. 19, 2018 7:23 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky school board has approved a property tax increase to fund a $13.5 million initiative to help prevent school shootings. The Fayette County Public Schools board voted 4-0 Wednesday to add a 5-cent property tax for every $100 of property values, The Lexington Herald-Leader...

Clarification: Los Alamos-Lab-Contract story

Jul. 19, 2018 2:53 PM EDT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In a story July 17, The Associated Press identified John Sharp as the Texas A&M chancellor. The story should have made clear that Sharp is the chancellor of the Texas A&M University System.

Man charged in shooting plot seeks youthful-offender status

Jul. 18, 2018 4:49 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Attorneys for an 18-year-old man accused of planning a mass shooting at his former high school in Vermont have requested the court grant him youthful-offender status. A motion filed Monday by the Office of the Defender General on behalf of Jack Sawyer asks the court to move charges...

District wants more funds for security after school shooting

Jul. 18, 2018 12:33 PM EDT

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A suburban Indianapolis school district where a 13-year-old girl and a teacher were shot in May is asking voters to approve more money to improve security. Noblesville Schools announced Tuesday it wants to expand its operating referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot. The Indianapolis Star...

2-year sentence for teacher who fired gun in classroom

Jul. 18, 2018 2:38 AM EDT

DALTON, Ga. (AP) — A teacher who fired a gun inside a Georgia classroom has been sentenced to two years behind bars. News outlets report that 53-year-old Jesse Randal Davidson was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in a Whitfield County courtroom to multiple charges, including criminal damage to...

Penn State frat hazing death trial scheduled for February

Jul. 17, 2018 5:24 PM EDT

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Members of a Penn State University fraternity charged in connection with the death of a pledge after a night of hazing and drinking are scheduled to go to trial early next year. Centre County Judge Jonathan Grine set aside 20 days for the trial involving 21 members of the now-closed...