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US district arms school teachers with baseball bats

FLORIDA: After the terrible shooting incident that took place in Parkland, Florida that led to 17 students losing their lives, a school district in suburban Erie, Pennsylvania, initiated a school safety plan. Among their revised security plan they have started handing out miniature wooden baseball bats to all 500 of its teachers. "These baseball bats could be used as a tool against an active shooter just like any other item in the immediate room," adding that they will remain locked in the classroom and "are only to be…

Two hurt, shooter dead at US high school: sheriff

GREAT MILLS: A student armed with a handgun wounded two classmates at a Maryland high school on Tuesday, officials said, in an outburst of campus violence just days before a student-organized nationwide march for gun control. The shooter, who was not identified, has died following the incident at Great Mills High School, St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron told reporters. Cameron said the "school resource officer" responsible for security engaged the shooter after hearing gunfire at around 7:45 am (1145 GMT),…

Florida school massacre survivors push lawmakers for assault gun ban

WASHINGTON: Dozens of teenaged survivors of the second deadliest public school shooting in U.S. history marched on Florida’s capital on Wednesday to ask lawmakers to ban sales of assault rifles of the sort used to kill 17 students and educators last week. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, became the latest school targeted by a gunman using a semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle, heated up the nation’s long-running debate about gun rights and public safety. Dressed in jeans and T-shirts and…

Accused Florida shooter appears in court

MIAMI: The former student accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school appeared in court Monday for a procedural hearing, his first public appearance since he was held without bond on charges of premeditated murder. Nikolas Cruz, dressed in orange prison garb, sat with his head bowed during the brief hearing before Judge Elizabeth Scherer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The hearing dealt with whether to unseal a defense motion related to access to their client, a minor point in what is certain to be a lengthy…

Florida school shooting suspect on authorities’ radar since 2016: report

PARKLAND: A teenager accused of shooting to death 17 people at a Florida high school was investigated by police and state officials as far back as 2016 after slashing his arm in a social media video, and saying he wanted to buy a gun, but authorities determined he was receiving sufficient support, a newspaper said on Saturday. Nikolas Cruz, 19, is charged with committing multiple murders on Wednesday at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, a Miami suburb. More than a dozen people also were wounded in the…

YouTube user warned FBI about Florida school massacre

WASHINGTON: A Mississippi man said Thursday he alerted the FBI last year after spotting a chilling YouTube comment by a user with the same name as the suspect in the Florida school massacre. The message -- "I'm going to be a professional school shooter" -- was posted under the name Nikolas Cruz. The suspect in Wednesday's deadly assault at a high school in Parkland, Florida is 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. "When I saw the comment come through my push…