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Currently, school and university terror propaganda is also at an all-time high. In 2012 alone, there were at least 30 cases of school and university attacks, outbreaks, threats and scares with at least 12 major plots to bomb or shoot-up U.S. schools or universities allegedly thwarted by officials. Numerous school and university terror drills have also prepped local, state and federal officials for impending school terror on the level of the Columbine shooting and the Beslan massacres, both of which state-sponsored attacks. School and university terror is blinking red on every level; the only question is when and where the state-sponsored terror attacks will occur.

Title: 9 Killed In Westroads Mall Shooting, Including Shooter - Suspect Identified As Robert Hawkins Of Bellevue
Date:
December 5, 2007
Source:
Fox 42 News

Abstract: Tragedy Wednesday afternoon at one of Omaha's most popular shopping malls.

Shortly after 1:30pm, a Bellevue teen walked into the Westroads Mall, and then opened fire with an automatic weapon in an upper floor of the Von Maur department store.

In the aftermath, a total of 14 were shot, nine killed. Two remain in critical condition.

Police say the suspect, 19 year-old Robert Hawkins of Bellevue, turned the gun on himself and is among the dead.

Hawkins left a suicide note, and police are waiting on a search warrant to search the house he was renting in Bellevue.

At the scene, eyewitness accounts told a grisly tale. Some said they heard several shots ring out. Lisa Baudler, who works in Von Maur's cosmetic department, told KPTM FOX 42 News that she heard the shots, and saw a person get hit.

A customer told KPTM FOX 42 News that a man with a flag vest, camoflauge and automatic rifle was seen by a customer in the mall before the shooting.

Keith Fidler is an employee at department store Von Maur, where the shooting is believed to have taken place. He says he heard the burst of gunfire, followed by dozens of shots. Fidler says he huddled in the corner of the men's clothing department without about a dozen other employees until police yelled to get out of the store.

Fidler said he did not see the shooting, but saw a person lying by the elevator as he was leaving the store.

A woman who answered the phone at Old Navy shortly after 2 o'clock says 20 to 30 customers were huddled with employees in a back storeroom.

KPTM FOX 42 reporter Nabil Molai reports that several people have told him that they heard several shots in the mall.

Omaha Police Department is asking for the public at large to stay away from the mall. There is still an active crime scene, so stay away from the area so that officers can investigate.

The Hampton Inn by the mall is being set up as a staging area for families looking for loved ones.

Officials say that the mall will remain closed on Thursday (Fox 42 News, 2007).

Title:
M16-Toting Fan Gets Inside Michigan Football Game
Date:
October 12, 2010
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A full-time National Guardsman toting two unloaded M16 assault rifles was allowed onto the Michigan Stadium field before the Michigan-Michigan State football game.

Security officials allowed the man into the stadium, where more than 113,000 people had gathered, because his weapons were empty and no ammunition was found.

A member of the color guard reported the impostor, who was escorted out by police.

Diane Brown, a spokeswoman for the university's department of public safety, told MyFoxDetroit.com that school officials do not believe anything was done "incorrectly or improperly by police in any of the checkpoints."

Brown said the unidentified man cooperated with police, and told officers he used his uniform as a ruse because he wanted to attend the Oct. 9 game but could not get a ticket.

"We escorted him out. He was very compliant and he just continued to explain that he wanted to come to the game, but couldn't get a hold of a ticket and thought he'd use his uniform to be able to do that," she told the website.

Michigan fans told the website they were very surprised about the incident.

"Whether it was good or bad, in a stadium filled with 113,000-plus, I don't think that's the way to handle such a situation," Alex Mandel told the website.

"It's really disappointing because usually the security's really good at the games," Julianne Patterson said.

The man was arrested and released pending a further investigation.

A decision on the charges is expected to come in the next week, MyFoxDetroit.com reports (Fox News, 2010).

Title:
 Authorities in Pennsylvania Search For Student Accused Of Making 'Virginia Tech' Threat
Date: October 22, 2011
Source: Fox News 

AbstractAuthorities in Pennsylvania are searching for a university student who allegedly made a threat on Twitter to kill classmates in a reference to the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

All Saturday activities at Pennsylvania State University-Beaver in Center Township, Pa. -- about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh -- were canceled as state police and the FBI searched for 21-year-old Michael Dewight Mollett.

"We decided to take the precautionary step of closing the campus for classes and activities today," Chancellor Gary Keefer said in a statement on the university's website. "We have alerted all students and staff, and are asking them to avoid campus today. We also are asking any students who can go home for the weekend to do so."

Posts from late Thursday on a Twitter account apparently belonging to Mollett, who identifies himself as a point guard on the school's basketball team, make reference to "creepin tonight," people being "scared as hell" and having a "VT day," an apparent reference to the April 2007 massacre of 32 people at Virginia Tech University by student gunman Seung-Hui Cho, who later turned his gun on himself.

Mollett is wanted on charges of harassment and making terroristic threats.

He was arrested by Penn State Beaver campus police last month on charges of misdemeanor indecent assault and defiant trespass. He has previously been charged with receiving stolen property, reckless driving and fleeing an officer.

Mollett's mother, Pamela Lawton, told KDVA-TV on Friday that he has "emotional problems" but she has "never known him to be violent" (Fox News, 2011).

Title: Body Found At Ohio College Football Stadium Before Kickoff
Date: October 22, 2011
Source: Fox News

Abstract: Authorities say the body of someone who apparently committed suicide was found at a college football stadium in Ohio, hours before a game was to kick off.

Gregg Bach, a spokesman for the University of Akron football team, says the body was discovered Saturday morning and that university police have concluded their investigation. He didn't say where in the stadium the body was found or who found it.

University spokeswoman Laura Massey says police have told her the death appears to be a suicide. She gave no further details.

University police did not immediately return phone calls.

Akron is to play Ohio at 3 p.m. Eastern on Saturday. Bach says the game will be played as scheduled (Fox News, 2011).

Title: Ten South Carolina Schools Locked Down For Manhunt
Date: October 27, 2011
Source: 
Fox News

Abstract: Ten schools have been locked down in Greenville while police search for a man who fired at an officer in a nearby apartment complex.

Police Chief Terri Wilfong says someone fired at an officer near a Greenville school around 10 a.m. Friday.

Wilfong says the officer checking on a suspicious license tag went to an apartment complex and someone began firing at her. The officer returned fire.

She was not hit.

Several dozen officers are involved in the search.

Elementary and high schools and Greenville Technical College have been locked down during the manhunt (Fox News, 2011).

Title: Campus Police Shoot Gunman At North Carolina University
Date: November 6, 2011
Source: Fox News

Abstract: A former student at a North Carolina university who was seen carrying an AK-47 style rifle on campus was shot by police Saturday before being taken into custody and charged.

Rashaad Gardner was charged with assault by pointing a gun, possession of a weapon on state educational property and going armed to the terror of the people, WAVY reported.

Campus police on patrol at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, N.C., about 50 miles south of Norfolk, Va., saw students running from part of the campus and saying they had seen a man with a rifle, Police Chief Samuel Beamon said.

An alert posted on the college's website said gunshots were fired on campus shortly after 2:30 a.m. local time Saturday.

The campus was put on lockdown during the incident. Officers saw Gardner wielding an AK-47 style rifle, and he was shot in the leg by an officer during a confrontation.

Gardner fled into a wooded area near the campus while still armed, Beamon said. University police contacted the Elizabeth City Police Department, which dispatched officers and a K-9 unit to locate him.

Gardner was apprehended at 3:28 a.m. local time and taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment.

He was being held Sunday in the Albermarle District Jail on $50,000 bond (Fox News, 2011)

Title:
 Cops Investigate Bomb Threat At Penn State
Date:
 November 12, 2011
Source:
 USA Today

Abstract: Police investigated a bomb threat before today's Penn State-Nebraska game in State College, Pa., according to ESPN. Reporter Lisa Salters said on College GameDay that police used bomb-sniffing dogs to investigate an anonymous tip of a bomb at Beaver Stadium that turned out to be false Saturday morning.

The police and search dogs found nothing. Penn State issued an all-clear text alert once the coast was clear, Salters said. The atmosphere around Beaver Stadium has been noticeably subdued this morning, said the former Penn State student, with empty parking spaces where tailgaters would usually be partying.

The bomb threat, and the school's promise of strict security around today's game, combined to create a somber pre-game atmosphere, said Salters. The shocking revelatations of sexual abuse criminal charges against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandudky and the firing of Joe Paterno has left the campus shell-shocked, said Salters on ESPNU.

One tailgater told her that, given everything that's gone on the past week, perhaps some students "don't feel like partying" (USA Today, 2011)

Title: Gunmen Rob Students In College Dorm Room In North Carolina
Date: November 13, 2011
Source: Fox News

Abstract: Police in North Carolina were investigating Sunday after two students were robbed by several gunmen in a dorm room at Fayetteville State University.

WRAL-TV reported four to six men with guns knocked on a dorm room door at around 2:00am local time, university spokesman Jeff Womble said. When the two students answered, a physical altercation ensued.

Shots were fired, damaging some furniture in the room, but no one was struck. The two students were injured during the altercation, Womble said.

One of the students was taken to a local hospital in unknown condition, and the other was treated at the scene.

The gunmen stole about $500 in cash, a debit card, a computer and clothes.

Fayetteville State University Police are investigating the incident with assistance from the Fayetteville Police Department.

It was not immediately known if the armed robbery was related to a shooting Saturday night at a restaurant near the Fayetteville campus.

A gunman entered the restaurant at around 7:00pm Saturday and fired four shots at customers before fleeing the scene. No one was injured.

No arrests have been made in either incident (Fox News, 2011)

Title: Police: ECU Lockdown Prompted By Man With Umbrella
Date: November 16, 2011
Source: Fox 8 News

Abstract: East Carolina University was placed on lockdown for several hours Wednesday morning after when a man's umbrella was mistaken for an assault rifle.

Greenville police said during an afternoon press conference that a man carrying an umbrella prompted the lockdown shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to WNCT.

In the fourth and final alert issued on the university's website at 12:52 p.m., officials said the lockdown had been lifted.

"ECU Officials have determined that the situation has ended and that there is no threat to campus. Officials have declared the situation ALL CLEAR."

University spokeswoman Mary Schulken said the residence halls and other buildings were secure as campus and county police swept the immediate area for a suspect.

The report came in shortly after 10 a.m. that a man with a gun was spotted on 5th Street, a busy thoroughfare through the heart of campus.

Officials posted updates to the university's website and through social media.

Buildings were checked and cleared by police systematically, with students being released to buses or relocated (Fox 8 News, 2011).

Title: East Carolina University Locked Down After Report Of Gunman
Date:
November 16, 2011
Source:
Huffington Post


Abstract:
A major university in eastern North Carolina was locked down for three hours Wednesday when a man carrying a golf umbrella was mistaken for a gunman.

Greenville Police spokesman Sgt. Carlton Williams said emergency dispatchers received two 911 calls about 9:50 a.m. Wednesday reporting a man was walking along a major street near the East Carolina University campus carrying an assault rifle.

Within minutes, the campus alert system was activated, with announcements broadcast over loudspeakers advising students, faculty and staff to stay inside and lock their doors. Written alerts were also sent to campus e-mail accounts and as text messages to cell phones. Nearby elementary schools and a middle school were also put on lock down.

Police soon reviewed traffic camera footage and isolated what appeared to be a man with a rifle sticking out of a backpack.

Dozens of heavily armed officers from at least four law enforcement agencies responded in force, sweeping campus buildings, searching buses and briefly surrounding a nearby house. Snipers took up positions on rooftops. A North Carolina Highway Patrol helicopter hovered overhead.

ECU spokeswoman Mary Schulken said the reaction was justified even though it was based on a false alarm. Universities across the country beefed up crisis plans following the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech, where a mentally troubled student shot and killed 32 people before committing suicide.

"When a report like that is made, a university has no choice but to respond," Schulken said of the reports at ECU, a university with nearly 28,000 students located in Greenville.

Sarah Schach, an ECU senior, was in class when the alert was sounded. Students turned out the lights and moved away from doors and windows while using their phones and computers to try and learn details, she said.

"It was very tense," she said.

Williams said the situation was also amped up after officers saw Twitter and Facebook posts saying students were being held hostage in a campus building and on a university bus.

Officers armed with pistols and shotguns boarded and searched buses. The campus building was stormed by officers carrying military-style carbines, searched and evacuated.

Doug Boyd, a reporter for the university's in-house news service who was out covering the lockdown, was confronted by officers and ordered at gunpoint to get on his knees. Though it was the first time he'd ever stared down the barrel of a gun, Boyd said he remained calm.

"I wasn't too concerned," Boyd said. "I knew as an ECU employee that it would be straightened out."

Eventually, officers located the man recorded by the video camera and discovered that what was thought to be a rifle was actually just a long black golf umbrella.

"Without getting up close, it looked like the real deal," Williams said.

Classes at ECU were resumed at 3 p.m.

"We are relieved that the reports of this incident turned out to be unfounded," Chancellor Steve Ballard wrote in a message posted on the university's website. "East Carolina University will always err on the side of campus safety when these situations arise."

This is the fourth time this month a college campus in North Carolina has been locked down. Reports of gunmen resulted in similar measures at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and at the north Raleigh campus of Wake Technical Community College. A lockdown at Campbell University happened last week when a student locked himself in his on-campus home after police tried to serve him a warrant.

The Campbell standoff ended peacefully when the student surrendered to police. The reported gunmen have not been found in either the Wake Tech or UNC Wilmington incidents.

Williams, the Greenville police spokesman, praised the response of law enforcement offices to what was believed to be a credible threat at ECU.

"We received two independent calls of a man armed with an assault rifle," he said. "Everything went the way it should have. We don't think it could have gone any better."

Schach said that as a student she is glad the university and police took the report seriously.

"A friend of mine knew people who went to Virginia Tech, and as much as I hate the inconvenience, I'd rather have them prevent another Virginia Tech," she said (Huffington Post, 2011).

Title: Bomb Explodes At Cheshire High School
Date: November 18, 2011
Source:
WTNH News

Abstract: Two people were taken to the hospital after a homemade bomb exploded in the gymnasium of Cheshire High School.

The officer on patrol said the explosive consisted of a plastic water bottle and home cleaning products.

The bottle was tossed into the gym when the girl's volleyball team was practicing.

The two people taken to the hospital are coaches who complained of headaches and throat irritation.

The case is under investigation by the Firefighters, FBI, State Police Bomb Squad and members of the State Police Emergency Services Unit.

Officials will not say if a student threw the bomb in the gym, but they do have some leads.

The gym is currently closed because it is a crime scene, but the rest of the school remains open.

The incident happened around 5:30p.m., Friday evening (WTNH News, 2011).

Title: Gunman Arrested After Fatal Shooting Near Kentucky College
Date: November 21, 2011
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A gunman was arrested Monday after allegedly shooting two people, one fatally, near a Kentucky college campus.

Police identified the suspect as Matthew Denholm, WAVE-TV reports.

Denholm is accused of shooting and killing one person and injuring another shortly after 7:00 a.m. local time at an apartment near Berea College in Berea, Ky., about 40 miles south of Lexington.

He was subsequently arrested in Louisville, more than 100 miles from Berea, Kentucky State Police said.

Neither victim has been identified and the injured man's condition was not immediately known.

Classes were canceled at Berea College and the campus was put on lockdown in the wake of the shooting. Several schools in Richmond, Ky., about 14 miles away, followed suit.

Police said Denholm was a public safety officer at Berea College and a veteran. He was said to be wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying two high-powered rifles when he was at large (Fox News, 2011).

Title: Deputies: Rifles, Ammunition Found On DCCC's Campus
Date: December 6, 2011
Source:
Fox 8 News

Abstract: A Winston-Salem man was arrested after two hunting rifles and 13 rounds of ammunition were found in his vehicle Monday at Davidson County Community College.

Correy Eugene Canter, 18, of 233 Davidson Heights Drive, has been charged with possessing a firearm on school property.

Deputies say they saw a rifle case in the passenger seat of his vehicle on campus.

Deputies say when they found Canter he indicated that he had two 30-06 hunting rifles. The items were seized following a search.

Canter received a $2,500 secured bond and has a Jan. 26 court date in Lexington District Court
(Fox 8 News, 2011).

Title: Western Carolina University Lockdown Lifted, Bank Robbery Suspect In Custody
Date:
December 14, 2011
Source:
WBTV

Abstract:
Western Carolina University Police have lifted the lockdown on campus after authorities arrested a man who was suspected of robbing a bank near the campus Wednesday morning.

"The Community may resume normal activities at this time. We will maintain a larger police presence on campus for the remainder of the day but again, we are lifting the shelter in place and believe that the Campus Community is safe and may go about their normal activities," Police Chief Ernie Hudson wrote in an alert on the school's emergency website.

The 'Shelter-In-Place' alert was ordered just before 11am out of caution, although the gunman had not been spotted on the school's campus.

There were no reports of sightings on campus during the 2 hour lockdown.

The gunman had been described as a white male, wearing a mask, a hooded maroon sweatshirt, and blue jeans with a patch. Hudson confirmed a dye pack went off as the suspect left the scene of the robbery.

The name of the person arrested by Jackson County Sheriff's investigators was not immediately released.

While normal activity has resumed on campus, Interim Provost Beth Lofquist said the final exam schedule would be altered because of the lockdown.

"Today's face to face exams are postponed until further notice – including the exam scheduled for noon." she wrote.

"Exams are not canceled all together. They are postponed until further notice. The noon face-to-face exam is canceled and will need to be rescheduled," she added.

"The exam schedule will resume with this afternoon's 3 p.m. exam. More information will be provided concerning the make-up of today's exam scheduled for noon. Faculty will work with students who are unable to attend an exam session due to the interrupted schedules," an email from University Spokesperson Teresa Tate revealed (WBTV, 2011).

Title: Police Search For Possible Gunman On College Campus
Date:
January 18, 2012
Source:
Fox Charlotte


Abstract:
Both campuses of a western North Carolina community college are secure after a staff member reported seeing a man walking through a parking lot with a handgun.
 
About 1,000 students are on the east campus of Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory. That campus is secure, and police evacuated the main campus, where about 5,000 students attend classes.
 
The website of Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory says both campuses are closed and that all classes are canceled for Wednesday afternoon and evening.

Authorities describe the suspect as a white man in his mid-30s.

Hickory Police and CVCC have issued the following statement in regards to today's incident: 

At approximately 9:20 am an employee of CVCC was outside the East Campus on Hwy. 70 SE in Hickory when she observed a white male between 30 and 40 years of age with long blonde hair walking through the parking lot. It appeared that the white male subject had a handgun in his hand walking toward the building. The employee immediately called campus security which dispatched a Catawba County deputy assigned at CVCC. After conducting an initial interview with the employee, the deputy contacted the Catawba County Sheriff and the City of Hickory to respond. Simultaneously, CVCC's lockdown protocol was implemented immediately. That protocol consists of loud speaker notification and alarms indoors and outside throughout the East Campus at approximately 9:30 am. This announced a lock down was in progress. 

At that point we began working with City of Hickory Police Dept. and Sheriff's Dept. to take necessary steps as directed by them. The lockdown was communicated through web notification, text messaging and email blasts.

Our lab school parents were contacted directly as well as the Challenger High School community as the situation progressed.

A methodical search of the East Campus was conducted and all occupants were evacuated. The same type of search and evacuation of the Main Campus was conducted.

"Today we were reminded of the importance of being prepared for crisis situations," said Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, president of CVCC. "I want to commend law enforcement for their quick and effective response to a situation that could have been disasterous on our campus. We were able to secure and evacuate approximately 5,000 people without injury."

"The incident today showed the importance of continuing training in this area, and the cooperation with our law enforcement partners to respond to these types of calls," said Chief Adkins. Members of Hickory Fire Dept., Catawba Co. EMS, and members of Catawba County STAR team also played key roles in the incident today.

Police say they received a report of a possible gunman on campus this morning from Catawba Valley Community College. 

The incident was reported from a professor at the East campus. 

Both the East and Main campuses have been locked down until further notice, as police and S.W.A.T. investigate. 

There are no reports of any injuries. 

Fox Charlotte is currently on the scene, tune in at 10pm tonight for updates and the full story (Fox Charlotte, 2012).

Title: Homemade Acid Bombs Found On College Campus In Florida
Date:
January 29, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract:
Police are investigating after several homemade acid bombs were planted on the Valencia College campus in Orlando, Fla., cfnews13.com reports.

A total of seven bottles were found in parking lots along walkways near buildings, the station reports. Two of the bottles exploded Friday night, about 100 yards apart.

The bombs are made using soda bottles and household chemicals, according to cfnews13.com.

Earlier, three acid bombs were found in an alley behind a student building and a parking lot as students were returning from winter break. Two of those bombs exploded.

No one has been hurt in the incidents (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Chardon High School Shooting: Second Student Dies As Alleged Gunman Is Identified
Date:
February 28, 2012
Source:
ABC News


Abstract:
A second victim of the teenage student who allegedly opened fire at Chardon High School in Ohio has died.

Russell King, Jr., 17, was pronounced brain dead at 12:42 a.m. at Ohio's MetroHealth Medical Center, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office.

The alleged shooter who killed two and wounding three others has been identified as T.J. Lane, according to a fellow student who witnessed the incident and ABC News' Cleveland affiliate WEWS.

The attack left "friends laying all over the place" in puddles of blood, one student told ABC News.

Nate Mueller, a junior at the school, was having breakfast with three friends when he heard a loud pop like a firecracker about 7:45 a.m., he told ABC News.

A friend yelled, "Duck" and Mueller told ABC News he turned to see fellow student Lane standing by his table. Mueller said Lane took a second shot and saw a friend get hit.

"He was over the table in a pool of blood," Mueller said, and another pal "was on the floor in a puddle of blood next to him."

A third friend "had not been hit yet as I jumped over him," Mueller said.

Mueller got on the floor and was trying to crawl away when a shot rang out and he felt a bullet graze his ear. He was not badly injured, he said, with just a small red mark left on his ear.

"It was terror. Everything had just gone tunnel vision, like, I need to get out of here," Mueller said. "You see glances of your friends laying all over the place. There's blood, there's people screaming, everybody's just running in different directions and you're just trying to get out. That's all you can do, get out of the school and not look back even though your friends are back there."

Two students were taken by ambulance to Hillcrest Hospital and three were taken by helicopter to MetroHealth Hospital, according to WEWS.

A student identified by MetroHealth Hospital as Daniel Parmertor died from the wounds Monday. His family released the following statement through the hospital:

"We are shocked by this senseless tragedy. Danny was a bright young boy who had a bright future ahead of him. The family is torn by this loss. We ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time."

Another students at MetroHealth Hospital is in critical condition, according to police.

Police have not officially identified Lane as the gunman, saying only that the shooter has not yet been charged and that he is a juvenile.

Mueller described Lane as "a quiet kid. Freshman year he got into a 'goth' phase and didn't talk to that many people anymore. He never egged anybody on. He just went about his business."

But Lane's family life had been disrupted by divorce and violence, WEWS reported. His parents divorced in 2002, and his father later served time in jail on assault and other charges, according to the station.

Classmates described Lane as a outcast who'd been bullied. In late December he posted a poem on his Facebook page that read: "He longed for only one thing, the world to bow at his feet," and ended ominously: "Die, all of you."

Lane allegedly opened fire with a handgun just before 8 a.m. in the school cafeteria where students were eating breakfast, authorities and witnesses said.

The shooter was chased out of the building by a teacher and later turned himself in to a passerby, authorities said.

The suspect is in custody at Geauga County Safety Center, according to WEWS.

"Our prayers go out to the five victims and their families," a choked up School Superintendent Joseph Bergant said at news conference. "It's a horrible tragedy."

In the wake of the shooting, perhaps in a sign of solidarity, many of Lane's classmates -- including many in the "friends" column on Lane's Facebook page -- had the Chardon High School "Hilltoppers" logo as their Facebook profile pictures.

Geauga County Sheriff Daniel McClelland praised the reaction to the shooting.

"A prompt entry was made into the school. They went into the school and located the victims. It became readily apparent that the shooter had fled already," McClelland said. "The individual was apprehended some distance from the school and had fled on foot."

The officer said police created a security perimeter to make sure the gunman could not return and a search, including a K-9 unit, was launched for the suspect.
Parent Teresa Hunt told WEWS that she was texting with her daughter during the lockdown and her daughter said she heard five shots fired in the cafeteria about 7:30 a.m. Her daughter texted that students were scared and that four people had been shot.

Chardon student Evan Erasmus told WEWS that a student had tweeted that he was going to bring a gun to school, but that no one took him seriously.

The Chardon Fire Department was called to the school at about 7:45 a.m. in response to a report of "several people shot," according to Inspector William Crowley of the Chardon Fire Department.

Multiple law enforcement agencies, including a SWAT team, rushed to the school.

The superintendent immediately canceled classes at all schools in the district. Students who were still on school buses were being dropped back off at their homes and parents were called to pick up their children that were already at school.

The Chardon School District sent a voicemail to parents that schools are closed and high school students are being moved to the middle school, according to WEWS.

Parents received the following message:

"As of 9:00 AM the alleged sole CHS gunman is in custody and Chardon High School students are being moved by safety forces to Maple Elementary. Parents or legal guardians can pick up their students up any time. Chardon Middle School students are also being released to parents."

Ohio Gov. John Kasich tweeted around 9:30 a.m., "Pls pray for wounded Chardon HS students, their families, and their community; appears things under control now."

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has eight agents on their way to the scene and they are expected to trace the firearm.

Chardon is a village in Geauga County, about 35 miles east of Cleveland (ABC News, 2012).

Title: Chardon High School Shooting: Third Student Dies In Ohio
Date:
February 28, 2012
Source:
Huffington Post


Abstract:
A third student, Demetrius Hewlin, who was wounded in the Ohio school shooting Monday, has died at the hospital, the Associated Press reports.

According to a report by The Plain Dealer, the junior died today at the MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

UPDATE: Police Chief Tim Mckenna told the Associated Press news of Hewlin's death came shortly after 17-year-old Russell King Jr. died. Another student, Daniel Parmertor, was the first to die just hours after the shooting.

Hewlin's family has issued a statement:

"We are very saddened by the loss of our son and others in our Chardon community," his family said in a statement released by the hospital. "Demetrius was a happy young man who loved life and his family and friends. We will miss him very much but we are proud that he will be able to help others through organ donation. We ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time" (Huffington Post, 2012).

Title: Building Evacuated At University Of Maine After Bomb Threat Reported
Date:
March 15, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract:
A building on the University of Maine's campus in Orono was evacuated Thursday following a bomb threat, the university said.

A message on the university's website reads, "Bomb threat reported at Aubert Hall. Stay away. Building has been evacuated. Police are investigating. More information to follow."

University spokesman Ros Lisnet told Fox News that 30 to 50 people were evacuated from the building after police received a call at 8:16 a.m. local time.

The person who made the call had seen an emailed threat, sent Wednesday night, Lisnet added.

It was unknown if the email had been sent from a student.

Orono's Munson Road was closed Thursday as the bomb squad searched the building.

Students took to Twitter to report receiving text message warnings from the university. Classes were not canceled on the rest of the campus (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Parent In Ski Mask Attacks Student At High School
Date:
March 23, 2012
Source:
Investment Watch

Abstract:
A man wearing a ski mask storms onto a Howard County school campus and attacks a student, and the whole thing is caught on tape.

Meghan McCorkell has more on the video that’s gone viral.

That video has now been viewed by more than half a million people.

Steps from the school’s front door, a masked man attacked a student as staffers rushed to break up the fight.

The shocking fight happened in seconds. A man in blue wearing a ski mask swung at a Long Reach High School student. In one punch, the 16-year-old football player knocked him out.

Students tell WJZ the fight wasn’t a surprise.

“People were just saying he was going to get in a fight with some guy. But nobody said it was going to be a parent,” said a student (Investment Watch, 2012).

Title: Wave Of Bomb Threats At Pitt Leaves Campus On Edge
Date:
April 9, 2012
Source:
Boston.com

Abstract:
Dozens of bomb threats at the University of Pittsburgh, including at least four on Monday, have made professors start holding classes outside and forced security officials to put in new building access measures and offer a $50,000 reward for information.

Some students "are definitely afraid," said Brian Haughwout, a junior who had one of his final exams changed to a take-home because of the disruptions.

"But I think just shutting down the university would be a mistake," he said, adding that's probably what the person making the threats wants.

The threats began in mid-February, at first targeting a landmark building at the center of campus. But in recent weeks numerous buildings have been threatened. Four threats had been made by mid-afternoon Monday, starting at about 4 a.m.

Student Dawn Diehl, who's studying for a master's degree in library science, said it wasn't until a few days ago that the bomb threats started to affect her in terms of "my feelings of security."

"So now it's pretty alarming," she said. "We've never had an experience like this. I kind of have that feeling like, where's this going to end?"

Diehl was surprised Monday to find all but one door to the main library locked and everyone's bags being searched.

Under new security measures, students and faculty members will need school IDs to get into buildings. Non-residents won't be permitted in dormitories.

University police, the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service have said they have a person of interest in the investigation. Authorities say some of the threats have been traced to or through computers in Austria, but nobody has been charged with making them.

Fifth-year chemistry student Brian Graham said the first threats were written on walls in buildings and he hoped security officers would catch the perpetrator. But, he said, threats then started arriving by email.

"I think it's a little bit more nerve-racking," Graham said of the latest wave of threats. "I have to either stay later or come in different hours. I would be about to leave home, and then there'd be a bomb threat."

Graham says he's confident that Pitt officials are doing what needs to be done to protect students and find the person responsible.

"It seems that they're taking all the appropriate steps," he said.

The threats have caused some professors to move classes outdoors or offer them online and have led some students to stay off-campus. The university, located a few miles from downtown Pittsburgh, has about 3,800 full-time faculty members who serve 34,000 students.

The university is urging faculty members to make arrangements for students to make up classes or exams missed because of evacuations, but it says there are no plans to end the semester early.

No bombs have been found, and nobody has been injured, but police say the building evacuations will continue if warranted. There have been about 25 threats targeting numerous buildings, with some of those threatened multiple times.

U.S. Attorney David Hickton in Pittsburgh issued a statement Friday commending Pitt's response and confirming the threats "are being vigorously, aggressively and thoroughly investigated through every possible mean" by the region's Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes the campus police and the FBI (Boston.com, 2012).

Title: Explosive Device Detonates At Memphis High School, Injuring 1
Date: May 3, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Two students at a Memphis high school were detained after an explosive device went off on the school's campus and required a staff member to receive medical attention, the Commercial Appeal reported.

The explosives were placed on two floors of the school and the school was evacuated,  the report said. 

Emergency crews are at Craigmont High School and transported the injured teacher to a local hospital, MyFoxMemphis.com reported. No students were injured.

The two detained students were both 18 (Fox News, 2012)

Title: Domestic Dispute Prompts Shooting Outside Elementary School
Date: May 25, 2012
Source:
NBC 17 News

Abstract: A woman was killed after being shot outside of Mary Scruggs Elementary School in Chapel Hill on Friday.

Chahnaz Kebaier died after she was rushed to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill. Police say she was shot multiple times just after 2 p.m. by Ali Cherfaoui outside the elementary school her child attends.

Police say Kebaier and Cherfaoui were involved in a domestic dispute prior to the shooting.

Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue says Cherfaoui drove up to the school and shot Kebaier multiple times in the head and body before driving away.

"It was like 'bang bang;' it was like really loud," said Chris Thompson, a fifth grader in the school.

Police apprehended Cherfaoui on U.S. 15-501 and put him in custody just a short time after the shooting.

Since 2010, Kebaier served as Research Associate with the state of North Carolina. She also worked in the HIV STDS Infectious Disease Center.

"I am devastated by the events that have transpired this afternoon and can't even imagine how much more horrible this is for her family," Dr. Alex Duncan, Kebaier's co-worker, said.

Thompson remembers vividly what happened next. "There was a lockdown and we had to stay in our classrooms and like lock the door. Our class went inside the closet and we had to lock the door."

The school staff took action immediately, putting the school on lockdown and messaging parents to tell them someone had been shot.

Emily Martine has two children in the school and was waiting in the lobby when she heard, "At least three loud bangs."

"It really didn't strike me that they were gun shots at the time. They weren't as loud as you'd expect gunshots to be, and you don't expect gunshots outside your school," Martine said.

Katie Frizzle, who has a son in kindergarten at the school, said, "I was a little worried, but when I heard no kids were injured, and these teachers, this administration they're together, they know what to do."

Parents and children say they are grateful no one else was injured.

Bill Bryan, the father of student, said, "I actually called the school and they were very calm, and they assured me that everyone was fine there was one person that was apparently injured."

Mary Scroggs Elementary was put on lockdown for over an hour as police scoured the area for the suspect (NBC 17 News, 2012).

Title: Suspicious Letters Result In Lockdown At Mich. Schools
Date: May 30, 2012
Source:
BioPrepWatch

Abstract: Multiple schools in Van Buren County, Michigan, were put on lockdown last week after seven people connected to the school district received suspicious letters from an unknown source.

The lockdown at Lawton Community Schools meant that anyone who wanted to enter the facilities had to be let in by school personnel only, the Courier Leader reports.

One of the letters was mailed to Joseph Trimboli, the superintendent of the schools, the Courier Leader reports. Trimboli said that he opened the letter and never feared that there could be anthrax or any other risks in the mailed items.

“In 36 years (as an educator), it’s the first time I’ve ever gotten a letter like this,” Trimboli said, according to the Courier Leader.

The envelopes included a three sentence letter, the text of which has yet to be released to the public.

Classes continued as usual and students were given recess as normal. A carnival for elementary students was held as planned on Friday. Administrators, teachers and school staff were told to keep an eye out for any strange occurrences.

“I’ve asked the police to be around and help us be more vigilant,” Trimboli said, according to the Courier Leader.

The seven people who received the envelopes assume it was all some kind of prank.

“Right now it’s nothing criminal,” Tom Verberg, the Lawton police chief, said, according to the Courier Leader. “It’s just kind of weird” (BioPrepWatch, 2012)

Title: N.C. A&T Freshman Dies After Illness
Date: August 18, 2012
Source:
WGHP News

Abstract: A 21-year-old North Carolina A&T State University student died Saturday after officials said he became ill at a school event.

Jawuan Paul Trotter was pronounced dead at Moses Cone Hospital after attending an event in the Memorial Student Union, school officials said.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the Trotter family” said Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. “The Aggie family is deeply saddened by this tragic loss.”

School officials said Trotter was a freshman undeclared major from Charlotte.

The university said it is prepared to provide counseling for students and employees from 2 –to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday in Room 109 of Murphy Hall.

No other details surrounding Trotter’s death were released (WGHP News, 2012).

Title: Bomb Threat At SDSU: Campus Given All Clear
Date:
August 22, 2012
Source:
KPBS


Abstract:
At approximately 3:30pm a bomb threat was called in to the U.S. Bank branch at San Diego State University. The West Commons building was immediately evacuated and an alert was sent out warning all to stay clear of the area.

At approximately 4:45pm three bomb sniffing dogs were brought in to sweep the building.

After an investigation by SDSU Police and the bomb unit, the all clear was given at 5:35pm. The building is now safe to re-enter. SDSU PD will continue its investigation to find the suspect who called in the threat (KPBS, 2012).

Title: Police: Student Shot At Maryland High School
Date: August 27, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A student was shot and critically wounded on the first day of classes at a Baltimore County high school Monday and police said a suspect was quickly taken into custody.

County police said the wounded Perry Hall High School student was flown to a hospital. The 17-year-old male student was in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

No one else was reported injured.

A male suspect was taken into custody after the shooting, police said. The suspect is a student, but police did not say where he attended school.

The school was evacuated, and students were being escorted to a nearby shopping center and middle school.

WJZ-TV showed video of a shirtless male with his hands behind his back being put into a police cruiser.

Perry Hall is a middle-class community along the Interstate 95 corridor, northeast of Baltimore city. The school is the largest in the county, with 2,200 students.

County Councilman David Marks, who lives next door to the school, said he had received dozens of phone calls and text messages from worried parents and residents.

"This is a very comfortable, very safe community, and it's an excellent high school," said Marks, who graduated from Perry Hall. "I think this is an aberration, but clearly one that is horrifying, particularly on the first day of school."

Television coverage showed scores of police cars surrounding the school and parked on neighborhood streets. A group of officers with weapons drawn staked out a corner of the building, one of them lying prone on the ground and appearing to cover a particular area of the campus. Hundreds of students streamed away from the school toward a nearby shopping center where they met their parents.

Two students who spoke with WBAL-TV described hearing a popping sound in the cafeteria and initially thinking someone was playing a prank. One student said she then saw the shooter with a gun near the vending machines and that a guidance counselor then got the suspect up against the machines and got the gun away from him. The students described some people running from the cafeteria, while others ducked under tables (Fox News, 2012)

Title: Mystery Virus Sickens German School Children
Date: September 1, 2012
Source:
Euronews

Abstract: An outbreak of an unknown virus in eastern Germany has made 4,000 school children ill. It is believed contaminated school lunches are to blame, causing excessive vomiting and diarrhoea among young sufferers.
 
Anke Protze who works for the Chemnitz Health Bureau, explains the nature of the illness.
 
“There are serious and not so serious cases - some children had to be hospitalised. With this sickness you have an enormous loss of fluids and minerals. That means the first thing to do is not give antibiotics but replace the fluids,” she said.
 
Several schools have closed their doors as a precautionary measure. All eyes are now on catering company Sodexo, which supplies all the schools hit by the bug. 
 
Sodexo spokesman Stephan Dürholt outlined his company’s position: “For the moment we are not able to see any reasons for this. We’re analysing everything possible and are trying to eliminate all the things  that could lead to any possible form of this disease.”
 
Prior to the virus, critics were already calling on the government to spend more money on school dinners. An investigation into the cause of the outbreak is currently underway by the German health department
(Euronews, 2012).

Title: UCF Building Evacuated Due To Mace In AC system
Date: September 10, 2012
Source:
MyFox Orlando

Abstract: Orange County Fire Rescue dispatched a hazardous material crew to the University of Central Florida Student Union just before 3:30 p.m. Monday to handle complaints of an odor. 

Witnesses said a perimeter was set up around the building with multiple emergency response vehicles. 

"People were being told to move back repeatedly by firefighters and staff. The atmosphere was that this was not a drill and something was occurring inside," wrote UCF student Matthew Miller in a news tips to FOX 35.  

Crews have determined that the odor was caused by distribution of mace through the building's the air-conditioning filtration system.  The building has since reopened.

Eleven people were treated at the scene.  University police officers are investigating (MyFox Orlando, 2012)

Title: Toxic Chemical Leak At Staten Island School
Date: September 12, 2012
Source:
MyFox New York

Abstract: A student at a public school on Staten Island was hit by toxic chemicals that leaked from a light fixture last week.

Contractors entering P.S. 41 on Tuesday night didn't want to talk to Fox 5 about the work they'd be doing inside.

But Fox 5 confirmed a building-wide lighting replacement project will be underway at the Staten Island School after a student was exposed the toxic chemical polychlorinated biphenyl last week.

Last Thursday, a teacher noticed the chemical oozing from a light fixture. The classroom was evacuated, but not before the PCB dripped onto one student's desk and clothes.

The school notified parents.

Extended exposure to PCBs can cause cancer. The man-made chemicals were used in the building construction, but were outlawed in the late 1970s.

"Last week, parents were notified of a PCB ballast leak and confirmed that a classroom fixture will be replaced over the weekend," a Department of Education spokesperson said in a statement. "We ensured that the proper safety and inspection protocols were followed so that the classroom could reopen today" (MyFox New York, 2012).

Title: NDSU Orders Campus Evacuated Due To Bomb Threat
Date:
September 14, 2012
Source:
CBS 8 News

Abstract:
North Dakota State University officials are ordering the campus evacuated after receiving a bomb threat.

NDSU issued a statement shortly before 10 a.m. Friday telling all employees and students to leave campus within a half-hour because of a bomb threat. Students in residence halls have been told to walk to locations off campus. No other details were given.

The University of Texas at Austin also has ordered an evacuation after receiving a bomb threat. It is not known if the two threats are related.

More than 14,000 students are enrolled at NDSU (CBS 8 News, 2012).

Title: Students Allowed On Campus After Texas University Confirms 'Al-Qaeda Bomb Threat'
Date: September 14, 2012
Source:
RT

Abstract: Students at two universities in the US have been allowed back on campus after the premises were evacuated due to bomb threats. Officials at the University of Texas at Austin say the man who targeted their school claimed to be a member of al-Qaeda.

The Director of Communications at the University of Texas-Austin, Rhonda Weldon, received a call from a man with a“Middle Eastern” accent who said he was part of al-Qaeda just after 8:30 a.m. local time Friday morning. The caller said that he had placed bombs “all over campus” that would go off after 90 minutes.

Wheldon sent an email telling the students and faculty at the 50,000-strong campus to “get as far away as possible.'' Buildings on school property were reported to be vacated within an hour, although Twitter messages sent from the scene suggest that students and faculty are still in the area.

Bobby Blanchard, a reporter with the school’s Daily Texas newspaper, reports via Twitter that students were still close to campus buildings despite pleas from authorities. Others, he reports, relocated to nearby coffee shops to take cover.

An hour-and-a-half after the supposed bomb was scheduled to detonate, Blanchard tweeted that there was no indication that any explosives went off, and that some stragglers were still inside campus buildings.

Shortly after the reports were made, UT student Alec Sanchez told the Waco Tribune that buildings were being shut down but that police presence was initially minimal, despite concerns.

"They’re just standing there. I watched people try to get back on campus but the faculty/administration is guarding campus,” Sanchez said. "I have no idea what is going on. They’re not telling us much."

Police soon after began combing the scene for any dangerous devices, but were unable to immediately locate any. As a precaution, classes for the day were cancelled.

University of Texas President Bill Powers said the college had been searched and he was "extremely confident that the campus is safe."

Events at the North Dakota State University in Fargo followed a similar scenario, though the administrators there have not revealed anything about the identity of their caller.

“NDSU received a bomb threat, prompting this evacuation. Updates will follow,” the school posted on their official website.

After an investigation, school officials re-opened the campus and said classes would resume later Friday.

North Dakota State University in Fargo has roughly 14,000 students on campus.

At a third university, Valparaiso in Chicago, administrators posted a campus-wide alert about “an unspecific threat to campus was made through a graffiti message alluding to dangerous and criminal activity alleged to be carried out during the chapel break period.”

The chapel break period is at 11.15 a.m. and passed without incident (RT, 2012).

Title: Dorm Evacuated At Arkansas State After Bomb Threat
Date: September 18, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract:  A dormitory that was evacuated following a bomb threat at Arkansas State University has been deemed safe.

University spokeswoman Gina Bowman says the threat came in Tuesday afternoon targeting the University Hall dorm, which houses nearly 400 students. She says residents were immediately evacuated, as was the nearby International Student Center.

Campus police conducted a room-by-room search and bomb-sniffing dogs, though no evidence of a bomb was found. Students were allowed to return Tuesday evening.

Bowman says a 44-year-old local man accused of making the threat has been arrested.

School officials don't believe the incident is related to bomb threats that sparked recent campus-wide evacuations at Louisiana State University, the University of Texas in Austin and the University of North Dakota in Fargo. No explosives were found on those campuses (Fox News, 2012)

Title: LSU Reopens Campus After Evacuation Due To Bomb Threat
Date: September 18, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Louisiana State University said late Monday it has reopened its Baton Rouge campus and classes will resume Tuesday, a day after a bomb threat sparked a campus-wide evacuation.

"All campus buildings have been returned to normal operations and the campus is now open for students, faculty and staff," LSU officials said in an emailed statement. "All classes and events scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 18, will be held as planned, and university employees and students should plan to return to their normal schedules on Tuesday.

The announcement came hours after university officials began allowing the thousands of students who live on campus to start returning to their dormitories after bomb-sniffing dogs and police methodically swept residential halls Monday.

LSU spokesman Herb Vincent said earlier Monday night that officials were hoping to reopen the campus by Monday night, but they weren't certain if a building-by-building sweep would be finished before Tuesday.

Evangeline Hall, a residential building on campus, was reopened first and officials began directing some of the 6,000 on-campus residents into the building as the investigation continued, Vincent said. He said residential halls were searched first and buses to and from the campus were running normally.

Thousands of students, professors and workers were told to leave campus Monday morning after a threat was phoned into 911 about 10:32 a.m., university spokeswoman Kristine Calongne said. But the threat did not indicate a specific part of campus, so police and bomb-sniffing dogs began meticulously sweeping each of the 250 buildings on campus.

LSU Police Capt. Corey Lalonde said no explosives were found.

By mid-afternoon, the LSU campus was largely deserted and roads were closed, though some people and cars were still moving around. Police officers with dogs combed through buildings, including the computer services center.

State police bomb technicians were on the scene, said Louisiana State Police Capt. Doug Cain. He said authorities were talking to their counterparts in Texas, North Dakota and Ohio, where similar threats were received Friday, but officials say they're not sure if the phone call made Monday was connected to those threats. Police found no explosives on those campuses.

"It's kind of been an epidemic. This has been the fourth in a week. But it's better to be safe than sorry," said Joseph Vera, a communications disorders graduate student.

Vera and a fellow graduate student were working in a language clinic with seven children near the edge of campus when they received the text message about the bomb threat. The pair walked the children across the street to an off-campus restaurant and they called the children's parents.

The university sent a follow-up message to students at 1:36 p.m. telling them not to return.

Col. Mike Edmonson, Louisiana State Police superintendent, said despite some initial traffic congestion, the campus was evacuated in under an hour.

The university put out a statement on its website announcing the evacuation an hour after the phone call was received, then distributed the information through text messages, emails and social media.

There are 30,000 students, professors and university employees located on the Baton Rouge campus, but it was not clear how many were there at the time of the threat (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Gas Leak Closes Tech Center At KCK Community College
Date: September 20, 2012
Source:
Fox 4 KC

Abstract: The Kansas City, Kansas Community College Technical Education Center, located at Schlagle High School, closed Friday due to a gas leak.

The main campus of the college is not affected and classes are still in session.

David Smith with Kansas City, Kan. schools said there are also two preschool classes in the Tech. Education Center building that are also forced to close due to the leak.

Schlagle High School, 2214 North 59th Street, is not affected, however and school will be open as usual.

FOX 4 will provide more information as available. Refresh this page for updates (Fox 4 KC, 2012).

Title: Auburn Student Assistant Dies Before LSU Game
Date:
September 23, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Joe Bagwell, a student assistant on Auburn's football team, died unexpectedly before Saturday night's game against LSU.

Coach Gene Chizik opened his postgame news conference by announcing Bagwell died "shortly before the game."

Chizik said he had "a very heavy heart for myself and a lot of our players." He said Bagwell's sudden death was "tragic."

An Auburn spokesman said the 23-year-old Bagwell was from Huntsville, Ala. Bagwell was in his first season as a student coach after working as a student trainer in 2011.

Chizik provided no details on the cause of Bagwell's death but said "our thoughts and prayers go out to his family" (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Bomb Scare At Tolland High School; Teen Arrested
Date: September 25, 2012
Source:
Courant

Abstract: The state police have arrested a 16-year-old male in connection with a bomb threat at 
Tolland High School Tuesday.

The suspect, whose name was not released because of his age, is charged with first-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace. He is scheduled to appear at Superior Court in Rockville Tuesday Oct. 2.

A handwritten message about a bomb was discovered in a bathroom about 9:10 a.m., according to a recorded message Principal Dominique Fox sent to parents. A lock-in order was given, which means students are not allowed to leave their classrooms.

The school, which is at 1 Eagle Hill, was not evacuated.

This is the second bomb threat at the school in two weeks. On Sept. 13, another message about a bomb was written on a bathroom wall.

In that case, students were locked in and then evacuated while police and firefighters went through the building.

Both times, classes resumed after the building was deemed safe (Courant, 2012)

Title: Toxin Leak At New York School Sparks Worries
Date: September 25, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract:  A PCB leak at a school in Long Island City in New York has parents and local leaders outraged. They gathered outside IS 204 on Tuesday morning to draw attention to the matter, MyFoxNY reported.

The Dept. of Education says it will take approximately nine years to replace the lights at IS 204 and the 800 or so schools within the New York City school system that have the potentially dangerous liquid.

Polychlorinated Biphenyl -- a thin, light-colored liquid or a yellow or black waxy solid-- were banned in 1979 for their potential toxicity, according the Environmental Protection Agency.
At least two schools have reported leaks of the toxin since the start of the school year.

At IS 204, a school located in a low-income community, a PCB leak reportedly contaminated the desk of a guidance counselor and the floor below.

At P.S. 41, PCB leaked from a light fixture onto the desk of a fifth grade student while at her desk.

According to several local leaders, the Dept. of Education replaced the leaking light fixture within days at the school in New Dorp, Staten Island.

Parents of IS 204 students say the DOE should work faster to safeguard their children from the toxin.

"I think they can do this a lot sooner than they're doing it. I'm concerned about her education and health," the mother of a young girl told reporters outside the school.

The cost of replacing all the school system's potentially contaminated light fixtures will run the DOE over $100 million (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Police Activity Prompts Lockdown At WVC Elementary School
Date: September 25, 2012
Source:
Fox 13 News

Abstract:  West Valley City Police spent about seven hours Tuesday trying to get a barricaded man out of his home. During that time a nearby elementary school was put on lockdown.

Police eventually arrested 36-year-old Robert Browne after he surrendered.

Police say Browne’s roommates called 911 after allegedly being threatened with a knife by the suspect. Officers arrived shortly after 11 a.m. at  5920 W. Nugget Drive where Browne barricaded himself inside.

Officers say they got the roommates out of the house through a window. Police made an unsuccessful attempt around 1 p.m. to get the suspect out of the house.

They tried again at about 4 p.m.

“At that time, this individual’s pit bull attacked our officers,” said West Valley Police Lt. Scott Buchanan. “One of our officers was bitten and at least one officer fired shots and the dog was hit and killed.”

After more negotiations, Browne turned himself in just before 7 p.m.

Parents and legal guardians of the students at Hillside Elementary School were asked to pick up their students after school Tuesday afternoon when the school was placed on lockdown.

The standoff was two blocks away from Hillside Elementary.

Granite School District released the following statement:

Dear Hillside Elementary Patrons:

We have two issues facing our school community this afternoon. First, along with many area residents, we have experienced a loss of power to our school. Rocky Mountain Power is working to restore our power ASAP.

In addition to this issue, around 12:45 p.m. this afternoon, law enforcement officials placed our school on lockdown as a precautionary measure due to
a suspect in the neighborhood east of the school who has barricaded himself within a home.

At this time, there is no direct threat to the safety of our students and the lockdown is simply a precautionary measure to ensure our students safety. However, because this law enforcement situation is ongoing, we need our parents assistance to get our students home safely.

When school ends at 3:45 p.m. today, we are asking all parents to either come to the school and escort your student home directly, or have an emergency contact pick up your child for you. We will not release any students out of the school unless they are escorted by a parent or emergency contact.

PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE CAMPUS PREVIOUS TO THE END OF SCHOOL AT 3:45 p.m. as we will not be releasing students early due to the lockdown. Granite Police officers are on site and will be providing additional assistance when school lets out. Once again, this is a precautionary measure to ensure student safety.

Law enforcement has indicated that SEP conferences can continue as scheduled this afternoon and evening.

We are continuing to work through the end of the school day to offset the impacts of these issues to the best of our ability. Please be assured that your student’s safety is our primary concern.

Thank you for your assistance in getting our students home safely today (Fox 13 News, 2012)

Title: More Than 8,000 German Schoolchildren Stricken With Food Poisoning, Norovirus Suspected
Date: September 29, 2012
Source:
Global Dispatch

Abstract: German health authorities say 
at least 8,300 children, along with some teachers,  have fallen ill with vomiting and diarrhea after eating food from school canteens and daycare centers in eastern Germany.

The viral gastrointestinal bug, norovirus has been found in some of the children.

According to a Deutsche Welle report Saturday, 16 cases of norovirus has been detected in patients in Saxony, while  seven cases of norovirus was discovered in Thuringia.

Despite these findings, German health officials say it is still unclear and too early to say norovirus is the cause of the epidemic.

The Robert Koch-Institut (RKI) says it was alerted to a sudden surge in gastroenteritis cases that began late Tuesday in Berlin and surrounding regions.

The RKI, which advises the German health ministry said today:

The competent health and food control authorities at the federal, state, and local levels are working to stop the current outbreak of acute gastroenteritis and identify the cause. At the federal level, these are the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL)The focus of activities to identify the source of the outbreak are epidemiological studies, which coordinates the RKI, and research on the origin and distribution channels of food that are coordinated at national level by the BVL. BfR will possibly make a risk assessment, once the relevant data are available. Necessary steps are taken by the competent food control authorities.

Noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause the “stomach flu,” or gastroenteritis in people.

The symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and some stomach cramping. Sometimes people additionally have a low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and a general sense of tiredness. The illness often begins suddenly, and the infected person may feel very sick. In most people, the illness is self-limiting with symptoms lasting for about 1 or 2 days. In general, children experience more vomiting than adults do.

Norovirus is spread person to person particularly in crowded, closed places. Norovirus is typically spread through contaminated food and water, touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus and then putting your hand or fingers in your mouth and close contact with someone who is vomiting or has diarrhea (Global Dispatch, 2012).

Title: Skin Infections Postpone High School Football Game
Date: September 30, 2012
Source:
MyFox Philly

Abstract: The big game against Pennsbury H.S. was canceled due to a MRSA outbreak. But students we spoke with say the school is taking the necessary precautions to make sure this skin condition stops in its tracks.

At first David Haun thought he had turf burn.  But it turns out, he had something worse. 

"It's not as itchy as poison ivy it's just a little itch like every once and a while you just wanna scratch at it."

Haun and nearly a third of the Council Rock South football team have a skin condition known as MRSA, a staph infection affecting the skin.

Not just itchy... But contagious.. And the school isn't taking the situation lightly.

In an email to the entire school community.. Principal Albert Funk explained the issue.. And that they were postponing their game against Pennsbury High School.

Players like Greg Paprocki have been lucky. No sign of MRSA so far, but worried he might be next. 

"I was very paranoid checking my body all over like every cut I was looking at it getting it checked out by the trainer just very very paranoid"

In the meantime, the entire school will be completely sanitized, especially the locker rooms, weight room and shower facilities.   Athletes in other sports were told to take home their gear as well.

FOX29 has been told that all of the players who have been affected have been cleared by their doctors to play in Monday night's makeup game (MyFox Philly, 2012)

Title: Gunmen Attack Nigerian School
Date: October 3, 2012
Source:
CNN

Abstract: An attack that killed 25 people, mostly students, at a Nigerian school Monday night appeared to be "an inside job" in which the gunmen called out the names of their targets, a police spokesman told CNN Tuesday.

"The attackers went to the houses of the victims, called them out by their names and killed them," Adamawa State Police spokesman Mohammed Ibrahim said. "They used guns and knives on the victims."

Some of the victims' throats were slit, he said.

The armed men attacked a student facility at the Federal Polytechnic, a university in Mubi, Nigeria, Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency spokesman Yuhau Shuaib said.

Among the 25 killed were 19 Federal Polytechnic students and three students from the School of Health and Technology, Ibrahim said. The three others killed were a school official, a former military man and an older gentleman, he said.

Investigators are trying to determine if the attack was related to upcoming campus elections, he said. "We believe this was an inside job."

"By God's grace, in the next few days we will have some suspects," he said

Mubi is in northeast Nigeria near the border with Cameroon (CNN, 2012)

Title: Landslide In Southwest China Buries 18 Students In Collapsed School Building
Date: October 4, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A landslide toppled an elementary school building and buried 18 students Monday in a mountainous southwest China county recovering from a recent earthquake.

The landslide smothered the Youfang Elementary School and hit two farmhouses in Zhenhe village around 8 a.m., the Yiliang county government said on its website. Another person was buried in a house.

Rescuers rushed from the Yiliang county seat to Zhenhe three hours away to dig out the students, said an official with the county foreign affairs office, Peng Hong.

Rain has lashed the region of mountains and sheer valleys, though Peng said the cause of the landslide is not yet known.

Yiliang was struck by an earthquake last month that killed 81 people and devastated several villages. Though Thursday was a holiday across China, students were in school to make up for days missed after the quakes, said Peng (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Hazmat Crews Respond To Acid Spill At AB Tech
Date: October 6, 2012
Source:
Fox Carolina

Abstract: Emergency crews responded to Asheville-Buncombe Technical College's west campus Friday for a hazmat situation, according to Terry Gentry with Buncombe County Emergency Management.

About 5:30 p.m. there was a sulfuric acid spill in a lab at the campus on Sand Hill Road, dispatchers said.

No one was hurt, and the spill has been cleaned up (Fox Carolina, 2012).

Title: 1 Dead After Parking Garage Collapses At Miami College, Fire Official Says
Date: October 10, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A fire official says one person has been killed in the collapse of a parking garage under construction at a Miami-Dade College campus and that two workers are still trapped.

Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Griselle Marino also says that four people have been taken to the hospital and one is in serious condition. She says three others were treated at the scene.

Marino says they do not believe more than the two workers are trapped.

Authorities said no students were in the area at the time.

Victoria Buczynski works across the street and says the garage "fell to the ground like a house of cards."

TV reports showed one large section of the concrete structure collapsed (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Whooping Cough Detected At Pawt. School
Date:
October 11, 2012
Source:
Fox Providence

Abstract:
Whooping cough has shown up once again in Rhode Island, this time in a Pawtucket school.

Health officials announced Thursday that two cases have been detected at the Henry Winters Elementary School.

The Department of Health tells us they're monitoring the situation, and that letters have been sent home to parents.

There have been 86 cases in Rhode Island so far this year, up from 62 last year.

In September, researchers revealed that current whooping cough vaccines are losing their effectiveness faster than previously thought (Fox Providence, 2012).

Title: Bomb Threat Clears Admissions Building At Texas State University
Date:
October 18, 2012
Source:
Fox News


Abstract:
A central Texas University has evacuated three buildings on its campus after a bomb threat.

Texas State University in San Marcos posted the alert on its website at 9:42 a.m.

"Bomb threat at Admissions Building. Avoid area around building. Admissions occupants go to a safe area," read the posting.

The post was amended at 10:07 a.m. to include the Tower and San Jacinto buildings, adjacent to the Undergraduate Admissions Center.

So far there have been no reports of injuries (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Bomb Near Playground, Other Attacks Kill 18 Across Iraq As Families Mark Holiday
Date: October 27, 2012
Source:
Fox News


Abstract:
 A bombing near a playground and other insurgent attacks killed 18 people including several children in Iraq on Saturday, challenging government efforts to promote a sense of stability by preventing attacks during a major Muslim holiday.

The strikes underscored the difficulties facing Iraq's leadership as it struggles to keep its citizens safe. Authorities have said they intended to increase security to thwart attackers who might use the four-day Eid al-Adha to strike when people are off work and families gather in public places.

The deadlier of two blasts in Baghdad struck near a playground and a small market in the neighborhood of Bawiya in eastern Baghdad. Police officials said eight people were killed, including four children. Another 24 people, including children, were wounded, they said.

"Nobody expected this explosion because our neighborhood has been living in peace, away from the violence hitting the rest of the capital," said Bassem Mohammed, a 35-year-old father of three in the neighborhood who was startled by the blast.

"We feel sad for the children who thought that they would spend a happy time during Eid, but instead ended up getting killed or hurt."

Authorities have said they planned to increase the number of checkpoints, shut some roads and deploy extra personnel during the holiday period.

Elsewhere, a bomb attached to a bus carrying Iranian Shiite pilgrims killed five people and wounded nine, according to police. The so-called sticky bomb, hidden on the underside of the bus, detonated as the pilgrims were heading to a Shiite shrine in Baghdad to mark Eid, a major Muslim holiday.

In the northern city of Mosul, gunmen broke into the houses of two Shabak families, killing a boy and his parents in one and a mother and daughter in the other, according to police. A bomb exploded near the house of another Shabak family, wounding six family members.

Shabaks are ethnically Turkomen and Shiite by religion. Most Shabaks were driven out of Mosul by Sunni militants during the sectarian fighting a few years ago.

Medics in nearby hospitals confirmed the casualties. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Eid al-Adha, or Feast of the Sacrifice, is a major Muslim holiday that commemorates what Muslims believe was the Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail, the Biblical Ishmael, as a test of his faith from God. Christians and Jews believe another of Abraham's sons, Isaac, was the one almost sacrificed.

Eid al-Adha, which began Friday, marks the end of the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Muslims worldwide typically slaughter lambs and other animals to commemorate the holiday, and share some meat with the poor.

Violence has ebbed across Iraq, but insurgents frequently attack security forces and civilians in an attempt to undermine the country's Shiite-led government.

Holidays are a particular time of concern for security forces. A wave of attacks shortly before another Muslim holiday in August, Eid al-Fitr, killed more than 90 people in one of the deadliest days in Iraq this year (Fox News, 2012).

Title: 5 Schoolchildren, 1 Villager Killed As Truck Falls Off Mountain Road In Western China
Date:
October 27, 2012
Source:
Fox News


Abstract:
Five schoolchildren were killed when the truck carrying them home from school fell off a mountain road in western China, state media said Saturday.

The official Xinhua News Agency said the accident took place Friday in Longnan city in Gansu province and also killed one villager. Six people were injured.

The light truck was carrying 13 people, including eight schoolchildren, when it went off the road and tumbled 200 meters (656 feet) down a slope, Xinhua said.

The report did not mention the children's ages.

School buses are often in short supply in China, especially in rural areas, and overloading is a common concern on the country's roads (Fox News, 2012).

Title: California Student Faces Charges After Cache Of Military-Grade Weapons Found In His Car
Date:
October 28, 2012
Source:
Fox News


Abstract:
A 20-year-old San Diego State student faces charges after officers discovered a cache of firearms in the trunk of his car.

KFMB-TV reports David Robert Moore III initially attracted the attention of undercover officers Friday night while they were conducting a sting targeting minors trying to buy alcohol at a shopping center.

When Moore opened the trunk of his white Honda Civic, two officers noticed what appeared to be military-grade weapons inside. They found nine guns, including a modified sniper rifle, a pistol and a rifle.

A military knife was also discovered.

Moore was given a field sobriety test and arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

Police say he could also face charges for the weapons (Fox News, 2012).

Title: 11 Rice Students Treated For Alcohol Poisoning At Halloween Party
Date:
October 29, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract:
Eleven Rice University students at an on-campus "Night of Decadence" Halloween party have been treated for alcohol poisoning.

The school in Houston released a statement saying ambulances were called early Sunday to assist with transporting the students to a hospital. Officials say all 11 students were treated and released.

Organizers say more than 1,000 people attended Saturday night's party where alcohol was available for students of legal drinking age. The event is hosted by the Wiess College dormitory.

Rice's dean of undergraduates, John Hutchinson, says school officials will meet with the 11 students to determine if they need alcohol abuse treatment.

Hutchinson says students organize the party, which has been an annual event since the early 1970s. He says usually three or four students require medical attention (Fox News, 2012).

Title: 2 Suspects Arrested In Shooting At USC Halloween Party
Date:
November 1, 2012
Source:
Fox News


Abstract:
Authorities say four people were shot and wounded during a Halloween party on the University of Southern California campus and two suspects were in custody.

It happened around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday outside the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, where about 100 people had gathered for a party hosted by a student organization.

USC Department of Public Safety Capt. David Carlisle says an argument between two men not tied to the school led to one of them pulling out a gun and shooting another person.

That victim was critically wounded. Three bystanders were taken to the hospital with less serious injuries.

The party appeared to be packed with students dressed for the occasion. One student told The Los Angeles Times that he saw a man shot in the leg asking for someone to give him a ride, apparently to a hospital.

The Los Angeles Times reports USC sent a text alert telling students to stay inside. Hours later, another text said the threat was over and classes would go on as scheduled.

An official at the school told the paper that campus security were monitoring the party and were able to respond swiftly to the incident and apprehend the suspects (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Virus Breaks Out At NYC School Being Used As Storm Shelter
Date:
November 6, 2012
Source:
NBC New York

Abstract:
A Brooklyn high school being used as a shelter for Sandy victims has to be shut down and sanitized after about a dozen storm refugees came down with a stomach virus.

Mayor Bloomberg said John Jay High School will be closed Wednesday instead of opening for classes as scheduled.

"The school will be thoroughly cleaned and then reopened," Bloomberg said.

The mayor said none of the sickened storm victims was severely ill. The cleaning is being done as a precaution, he said.

Thousands of city residents from low-lying areas stayed in shelters as Sandy smashed the tri-state.

Bloomberg also said 10 schools that suffered storm damage or lost power will open Wednesday. The majority of city schools reopened on Monday.

Another 47 schools still won't be open Wednesday. Bloomberg said parents should check www.nyc.gov to see where those students will need to report (NBC New York, 2012).

Title: Oregon Student Pleads Guilty To Hacking School District System
Date:
November 16, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract:
A psychiatric evaluation has been ordered for a 16-year-old North Eugene High School who pleaded guilty of hacking into his school district's computer system and then posting the confidential information of hundreds of students on a webpage.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports that the student pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony computer crime for June hacking event.

A second computer crime count against the student was dismissed under a plea deal, which requires the student to show school officials and Eugene police "what he did and how he did it."

Soon after posting the data on June 9, the boy sent taunting messages to Eugene schools Superintendent Sheldon Berman, to the district's then-technology director and to its network security specialist, directing them to the webpage of an unsuspecting student (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Elementary School Teacher Tased, Carjacked In Wilkinsburg
Date:
November 19, 2012
Source:
CBS Pittsburgh

Abstract:
Police are looking for a suspect after an elementary school teacher was carjacked on her way to work in Wilkinsburg Monday morning.

According to school officials, the incident happened on McNair Street, near Kelly Elementary School, around 7:30 a.m.

Lois Clark, 61, is the music teacher at Kelly Elementary School. She says she parked her van less than a block away from the school.

But Clark said she thought something was suspicious when she saw a man standing on the street so early.

“My common sense told me, keep driving. And I didn’t listen,” Clark said. “What I learned is, I’ve got to be more observant and I’ve got to listen to that still small voice.”

She says the suspect approached her, pushed her, attempted to use a Taser on her and demanded the keys to her van.

“It just never quite made contact because I never felt a jolt of any kind. I felt it touching me, I felt… and again I heard the sound,” Clark said. “And I kept saing, ‘Take what you want, whatever you want, it’s yours. You can have it whatever you want, just take it; just please, leave me alone.”

Officials say she was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

The vehicle is described as a 2004 green Honda Odyssey minivan with Pennsylvania registration ECG 8414 and a Sunoco sticker on the back window.

No arrests have been made and the suspect has been described as an African-American male in his 40s, standing about 6-feet tall and weighing 210 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black knit cap and dark-colored jacket (CBS Pittsburgh, 2012).

Title: Science Classroom Explosion Injures 7 Students In Pennsylvania
Date: November 28, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Authorities say a small explosion and fire in a central Pennsylvania eighth-grade science classroom required hospital treatment for seven students and a teacher.

Cumberland County spokeswoman Meg Silverstrim said two of the children injured late Wednesday morning were taken by helicopter from Wilson Middle School in Carlisle to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

A Carlisle Regional Medical Center spokeswoman said five students and a teacher were treated for what she described as minor injuries.

Silverstrim said the cause is under investigation. Crews were able to extinguish the fire quickly, and the school continued with its regular day.

School district officials have not returned messages seeking information about the accident.

Officials at Johns Hopkins said they can't provide information without the patients' names, which have not been disclosed (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Bomb Threat Evacuates School
Date: November 28, 2012
Source:
Fox 17 News

Abstract: The Ionia County Sheriff’s Department confirms that Palo Community Schools was evacuated because of a bomb threat the district received.

The evacuation was ordered around 12:50 p.m. Wednesday.

Students from the school were transported to Palo Methodist Church on lock down.

Canine units were called and searched the school. Nothing was found and the scene was cleared around 4:00 p.m. (Fox 17 News, 2012).

Title: Norovirus Confirmed As Cause Of Fairfield University Outbreak
Date: November 30, 2013
Source:
Examiner                                                                                                                    

Abstract: An outbreak of acute gastroenteritis that sickened dozens of students and staff this week at the Connecticut college has been confirmed to be due to norovirus, according to a Fairfield University Student Health Center health advisory Nov. 29.

In the advisory from the Vice President for Student Affairs, confirmation of norovirus was received from the Town of Fairfield Health Department.

The outbreak, which started making itself known Tuesday evening, sickened about 60 students and a handful of staff members according to health officials.

School officials reported immediately taking steps to prevent transmission of the highly communicable viral disease. These include cleaning and sanitizing campus-wide and educating the school population about hygiene.

Noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause the “stomach flu,” or gastroenteritis in people.

The symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and some stomach cramping. Sometimes people additionally have a low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and a general sense of tiredness. The illness often begins suddenly, and the infected person may feel very sick. In most people, the illness is self-limiting with symptoms lasting for about 1 or 2 days. In general, children experience more vomiting than adults do.

Norovirus is spread person to person particularly in crowded, closed places. Norovirus is typically spread through contaminated food and water, touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus and then putting your hand or fingers in your mouth and close contact with someone who is vomiting or has diarrhea (Examiner, 2013).

Title: Wyoming Murder-Suicide Happened During Class, Police Say
Date: November 30, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A man wielding a sharp-edged weapon killed one person in a Casper neighborhood Friday before killing a male teacher and himself in front of students in a community college classroom, causing a campus-wide lockdown as authorities tried to piece together what happened.

Police found the suspect and teacher dead at a science building on the Casper College campus, which was locked down for about two hours, school and police officials said. The other victim, a woman, was found in a street about two miles away.

Casper Police Chief Chris Walsh said the murder-suicide took place in a classroom with students present, but he didn't know how many students or what the class topic was.

He said investigators were still trying to determine a motive.

Walsh said an "edged weapon" was used it at least one of the killings, but he didn't offer specifics and it was unclear if the same or a similar weapon was used in all of the deaths.

The attacker wasn't believed to be a Casper College student and it appeared he knew the victims, Walsh said. No names were released.

"We're locating next of kin and working on notification absolutely as fast as we can," Walsh said.

He added authorities didn't believe there was any further threat to the community.

"I want to emphasize that this is a horrible tragedy," Walsh said. "And I want the city to ... just feel safe right now. There is no one at large."

The attack at the two-year community college in Casper, about 250 miles northwest of Denver, occurred just before 9 a.m. in a classroom on the science building's third floor. All students and staff were evacuated from the building.

The college sent out a campus-wide alert via text message and email within two minutes of receiving word of the attack at 9:06 a.m., school spokesman Rich Fujita said. The lockdown ended at about 11 a.m. after school officials received word that police were no longer searching for a suspect, Fujita said.

There are fewer classes on Fridays than any other day of the week at Casper College, so only between 1,500 and 2,000 of the college's 5,000 students were there, he added.

One of them, freshman Pearson Morgan, was in a math class on the first floor of the science building when his instructor relayed the news in a state of shock.

"My teacher was just so sick, he said, `You can just leave,"' Morgan said.

Morgan walked outside his classroom to find a female student crying. He then turned to see two or three officers with assault rifles bounding up the stairs. Then, all the classrooms emptied and a crush of students carried him outside, but nobody panicked, Morgan said.

"There was a large group of students behind me," he said. "There was a lot of confusion."

Political science instructor Chris Henrichsen said he was showing the film "Frost/Nixon" to his Wyoming and U.S. government class when he stepped into the hall to get something for a student and was told a homicide had occurred on campus.

He went back to his classroom, where students were getting messages about the campus lockdown on their phones.

"We locked the door and waited for further instruction," Henrichsen said.

The students were later sent home, but some who parked near a different campus building where the attack occurred had to leave their cars there, Henrichsen said.

About two miles away, Dave Larsen said he was headed to the gym when he drove past a body in a gutter with two people standing over it, one talking on a cellphone.

Larsen lives about a block from the location of the body, a well-kept neighborhood of mostly single-story houses.

Emergency vehicles had the street blocked off Friday afternoon.

Police provided some details in a news conference streamed live by the Casper Star-Tribune.

Walsh said 33 law enforcement officers from different agencies responded to the college after receiving reports of the attack. He said authorities first thought it might have been an "active-shooter-type situation."

"We quickly contained the building and started a sweep through the building," he said.

Walsh said that within minutes of the initial call, there was another report of a traumatic injury about two miles southwest of campus. That victim was found in the street, the Star-Tribune reported.

Classes were canceled for the rest of the day at the school, one of seven community colleges in Wyoming.

A meeting was held in the afternoon for the 150 teachers and students who remained. College president Walt Nolte addressed them, calling it the worst day of his more than 40 years in higher education. He encouraged the community to come together, Fujita said

"It is particularly painful because of our size," Fujita said of the small, tight-knit campus.

Counselors were speaking to students and planned to be available through the weekend. About 450 students live on campus.

Classes were to resume on Monday.

"We agreed it doesn't do any good to just set the students loose. It makes the most sense to have them come back to campus, where they can get help if they need help and come to terms with what happened," Fujita said.

Walsh said police train for such incidents but had no warning of Friday's violence.

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, who went to the campus Friday evening, said it was too early to assess security precautions at the college.

"There's no sense in doing that now until we understand fully what has taken place," he said.

The governor added that the focus now "should be on the victims' family, the community college family, the president, the trustees and the students, and making sure we're attending to any of their needs."

Wyoming's three congressional delegates issued a joint statement lauding responders and expressing condolences to those affected.

"Any loss of life is tragic, especially when it hits so close to home for so many of us," Sen. Mike Enzi said. "What took place today is a reminder to always look out for one another in our communities and neighborhoods."

Casper College opened in 1945 as the state's first junior college and moved to its current site 10 years later. The campus consists of 28 buildings on more than 200 acres. The college provides more than 140 academic-transfer, technical and career programs.

Wyoming has only one four-year university, the University of Wyoming in Laramie, which serves more than 13,000 students.

Casper is Wyoming's second-largest city with a population of about 56,000. Wyoming residents refer to it as the "Oil City" because it's a hub for the state's oil industry (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Georgia Elementary School Evacuated, 48 People Hospitalized
Date: December 3, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Potentially lethal carbon monoxide levels in an Atlanta elementary school sent 42 students and six adults to hospitals Monday amid the evacuation of about 500 students, authorities said.

A teacher and a cafeteria worker were among patients treated after firefighters responded to Finch Elementary School shortly after 8 a.m., Atlanta fire Capt. Marian McDaniel told The Associated Press.

Firefighters were initially told that people were unconscious at the school, but none were when fire crews arrived. All of the patients were conscious and alert as they were being taken to hospitals, McDaniel said.

Video on WSB-TV showed rescue crews carrying young children strapped to gurneys with oxygen masks on their faces.

Firefighters detected high and unsafe levels of carbon monoxide near a furnace at the school, which is on the city's southwest side, McDaniel said. She called the reading -- 1,700 parts per million -- extremely high.

"It was one of the highest we've seen," she said.

The colorless, odorless gas can be deadly at that level, one expert said.

"Seventeen hundred parts per million is potentially lethal if exposed to it for a period of time," said Stephanie Hon, assistant director of the Georgia Poison Center.

Children could be affected faster than adults and are generally affected at lower parts per million, Hon said.

She said it's easy for initial symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning to be confused with the flu since both include malaise, headache, nausea and vomiting. A few key differences: Carbon monoxide poisoning generally does not cause a fever and generally a person starts feeling better once he or she is moved to an area with fresh air, Hon said.

Hon said it was fortunate the children do not appear to have suffered severe symptoms and said that was likely due to a short exposure time and perhaps the location of the leak being some distance from where the children were.

"The good news is that they sound like mild to moderate symptoms," Hon said. "Luckily those kinds of exposures do not carry significant long-term health risks, especially with the children involved."

It was not immediately known if the school had a carbon monoxide detector. If it didn't, Hon said, "A carbon monoxide detector, if appropriately used and installed and checked often, could have very well been a warning for this school system."

An Atlanta Public Schools spokesman did not immediately return calls for comment.

A total of 42 students and six adults were taken to hospitals, Atlanta Public Schools said on its official Twitter site.

Other students from the school were taken to Brown Middle School for the rest of the day, and were being released to their parents, Atlanta Public Schools said in a statement on its official Twitter site.

Meanwhile, firefighters were ventilating the school in an attempt to reduce the amount of carbon monoxide, McDaniel said.

In Baltimore last year, school officials vowed to put carbon monoxide detectors in all of the school system's approximately 200 schools after two carbon monoxide leaks within a week's time at one of the schools.

City officials in Baltimore said the battery-powered detectors cost $15 each wholesale (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Spectator Falls From Stands At ACC Championship In Charlotte
Date: December 2, 2012
Source:
Fox 8 News

Abstract: A 22-year-old man is in critical condition after falling about 40 feet off a fourth-floor ramp outside Bank of America Stadium on Saturday.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Charlotte-Mecklenburg police identified the victim as Sean Michael Powers, a resident of New Port Richey, Fla.

Officials said it happened at the ACC Championship between No. 13 Florida State and Georgia Tech. It’s unclear if he was a student at Florida State.

Michael Stanford, the supervisor of special operations for Mecklenburg County EMS, said his agency responded to an incident in which a spectator fell from a ramp leading to the stands shortly after the 8 p.m. kickoff.

Officials said the fall is the first of its kind from Bank of America Stadium, home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. The stadium opened in 1996.

Stanford said the spectator was transported by ground to the trauma center at Carolinas Medical Center with “life-threatening injuries.”

Major Eddie Levins of the Charlotte Police Department said officers are “investigating what is being referred to as a public accident. A 22-year old male fell from what is thought to be the fourth level of the stadium.”

They had no comment on the extent of his injuries.

Bank of America Stadium has switchbank ramps that that take fans to the upper level of the stands.

The man fell on to a grassy area, which was taped off by police. Witnesses were taken to the police office for questioning.

Bud Elliott, 47, from Fort Myers Fla., said he came across the accident just after it happened around kickoff and several fans were looking down from the ramps.

“I came upon a crowd of people who were running,” Elliott said. “They said this guy jumped or fell off. It didn’t look good. It’s just really sad to have something like that happen” (Fox 8 News, 2012).

Title: Syria: '28 Students Killed' In Rebel Attack On Damascus School
Date: December 4, 2012
Source:
Telegraph                    

Abstract: The mortar smashed into Bteiha school in Wafideen camp about 20 kilometres (15 miles) northeast of Damascus, the report said.

Wafideen is home to some 25,000 people displaced from the Golan Heights by the Israeli occupation since 1967.

Reuters news agency quoted Syrian state media as saying 29 people had died in the attack. Other reports put the death toll at nine students and their teacher, with another 20 injured.

"They were killed by a mortar launched by terrorists," said Syrian state television, using the Assad regime's term for rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad's forces in the country's raging civil war.

Battles east of Damascus have grown especially bloody in past days as troops try to push back rebels in the Eastern Ghouta region as they inch closer towards the capital.

On Tuesday alone, a total of 16 people were killed in violence in the province of Damascus, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which also reported the killings in the Wafideen camp.

The Britain-based watchdog also reported raging battles on Tuesday at a checkpoint near the strategic road linking Damascus to the international airport.

The army meanwhile shelled several towns and villages in the outskirts of Damascus, both southwest and east of the capital, it said (Telegraph, 2012).

Title: Lawmaker Says School Cancellation Is Wise Decision
Date:
December 6, 2012
Source:
KHON 2 News

Abstract: he head of the Senate Education Committee believes cancelling Friday's classes at Kealakehe High School is an unpopular but wise decision. 

That's after eight students were arrested on campus Thursday.

Friday's classes at Kealakehe High School on the Big Island have been cancelled, due to a series of fights over two days. On Thursday, the situation escalated. Police say they responded to a call at about about 1:30 p.m., and reported a fight involving 20 to 30 students. When officers arrived, the campus was on lockdown.

In a media statement, Principal Wilfred Murakami said: "Disorderly conduct by several students has caused tensions to rise at Kealakehe High School. To ensure the continued safety and well-being of all students, the school will be closed to students on Friday, December 7th."

Police arrested eight people. Seven male students and one female student were charged with disorderly conduct.

"This was a situation where we have a veteran principal who took a look at the situation and made a very tough, and probably a very unpopular decision and said it's about safety first," Sen. Tokuda said. 

That's what officials at Pearl City High School faced last month, when they put the campus on lockdown, after a handful of fights broke out. The school principal says six fights occurred in one day. One student was arrested and two others were taken to the hospital.

Sen. Tokuda believes there's no simple way to solve the problem of violence in schools. 

"It's about parent-community engagement, how can we work together as families, how we can work together as communities, it's about training, how can you make sure school administration, faculty and staff are prepared to deal with this," Sen. Tokuda said.

Police say all after-school activities were also cancelled, and no one required medical attention (KHON 2 News, 2012).

Title: Lawmaker Says School Cancellation Is Wise Decision
Date: December 8, 2012
Source:
KHON2 News

Abstract: The head of the Senate Education Committee believes cancelling Friday's classes at Kealakehe High School is an unpopular but wise decision. 

That's after eight students were arrested on campus Thursday.

Friday's classes at Kealakehe High School on the Big Island have been cancelled, due to a series of fights over two days. On Thursday, the situation escalated. Police say they responded to a call at about about 1:30 p.m., and reported a fight involving 20 to 30 students. When officers arrived, the campus was on lockdown.

In a media statement, Principal Wilfred Murakami said: "Disorderly conduct by several students has caused tensions to rise at Kealakehe High School. To ensure the continued safety and well-being of all students, the school will be closed to students on Friday, December 7th."

Police arrested eight people. Seven male students and one female student were charged with disorderly conduct.

"This was a situation where we have a veteran principal who took a look at the situation and made a very tough, and probably a very unpopular decision and said it's about safety first," Sen. Tokuda said. 

That's what officials at Pearl City High School faced last month, when they put the campus on lockdown, after a handful of fights broke out. The school principal says six fights occurred in one day. One student was arrested and two others were taken to the hospital.

Sen. Tokuda believes there's no simple way to solve the problem of violence in schools. 

"It's about parent-community engagement, how can we work together as families, how we can work together as communities, it's about training, how can you make sure school administration, faculty and staff are prepared to deal with this," Sen. Tokuda said.

Police say all after-school activities were also cancelled, and no one required medical attention (KHON2 News, 2012).

Title: Cal State San Bernardino Student Fatally Shot By Campus Police
Date: December 9, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A graduate student was shot and killed by California State University, San Bernardino police during a fight in an off-campus dorm.

San Bernardino police Lt. Paul Williams told KABC-TV that the campus police officers went to the dorm Saturday evening after receiving reports of a disturbance.

He said when the officers confronted a man in the dorm's hallway, a fight erupted. The man was identified as a 38-year-old graduate student, according to NBC Southern California.

"The altercation became physical and the subject became violent. Sometime during that, the officers feared for their safety," Williams told KABC-TV. "They discharged their weapon, striking the subject."

He said that when the officers confronted the male student in the dorm's hallway, a fight erupted and that the officers fired their weapons when they feared for their safety.

Williams said one officer was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The San Bernardino Police department was investigating the circumstances that led to the shooting (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Dozens Dead, Including 20 Children, In One Of The Worst Massacres In US history
Date: December 14, 2012
Source:
RT

Abstract: More than two dozen people, including as many as 20 children, have been killed during a school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut outside of New York City early Friday.

Follow live updates here.

The total death toll now stands at 28, police say. This includes 20 children and six adults killed at the school, the suspected attacker and his mother killed at the second scene.

According to preliminary reports, a gunman opened fire inside of an office at Sandy Hook Elementary at around 9:40 a.m. Friday. Police have verified that the suspected shooter has been found dead on the scene.

Three weapons have been recovered from the slain gunman, reportedly identified by law enforcement as 20-year-old, Adam Lanza. Police say the suspect was the son of Nancy Lanza, a kindergarten teacher at Sandy Hook, who was also among the dead. Her body was found in their residence in Newton, a law enforcement source told CNN. The suspect’s older brother, Ryan, is being questioned by the authorities. 

There also have been reports that guns used in the rampage were legally purchased and registered to the suspected shooter's mother.

Multiple media outlets are reporting that the school’s principal and psychologist are also among the deceased. 

Both state and local police are still on the scene at Sandy Hook and the superintendent has ordered all schools in the district, both public and private, to be placed on lockdown. Lt. J. Paul Vance of the state police department said that both on-duty and off-duty officers responded to the emergency.

Sandy Hook, around 12 miles from the town of Danbury, CT, normally has around 600 students in grades kindergarten through four.

Mark Boughton, mayor of Danbury, tells CNN three victims have been sent to a hospital in his city in “very serious” condition, though he declined to comment on their age or identity.

Upon being appointed as principal of Sandy Hook in 2010, Dawn Hochsprung told the Newtown Bee, "I don't think you could find a more positive place to bring students to every day.”

In an emotional statement on the shooting President Obama said the country's leaders must "take meaningful action" regardless of politics, in response to the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The president had apparent difficulty speaking and used his index finger to wipe tears away from the corner of his eyes.

"The majority of those who died were children — beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old," Obama said. "They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, wedding, kids of their own…" (RT, 2012).

Title: 22 Kids, 1 Adult Injured In Knife Attack Outside Chinese School
Date: December 14, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A knife-wielding man injured 22 children and one adult outside a primary school in central China as students were arriving for morning classes Friday, police said, the latest in a series of periodic rampage attacks at schools and kindergartens.

The attack in the Henan province village of Chengping happened shortly before 8 a.m., said a police officer from Guangshan county, where the village is located.

The attacker, 36-year-old villager Min Yingjun, is now in police custody, said the officer, who declined to give her name, as is customary among Chinese civil servants.

A Guangshan county hospital administrator said the man first attacked an elderly woman, then students, before being subdued by security guards who have been posted across China following a spate of school attacks in recent years. He said there were no deaths among the nine students admitted, although two badly injured children had been transferred to better-equipped hospitals outside the county.

A doctor at Guangshan's hospital of traditional Chinese medicine said that seven students had been admitted, but that none were seriously injured.

Neither the hospital administrator nor the doctor would give his name.

It was not clear how old the injured children were, but Chinese primary school pupils are generally 6-11 years old.

A notice posted on the Guangshan county government's website confirmed the number of injured and said an emergency response team had been set up to investigate the attacks.

No motive was given for the stabbings, which echo a string of similar assaults against schoolchildren in 2010 that killed nearly 20 and wounded more than 50. The most recent such attack took place in August, when a knife-wielding man broke into a middle school in the southern city of Nanchang and stabbed two students before fleeing.

Most of the attackers have been mentally disturbed men involved in personal disputes or unable to adjust to the rapid pace of social change, underscoring grave weaknesses in the antiquated Chinese medical system's ability to diagnose and treat psychiatric illness.

In one of the worst incidents, a man described as an unemployed, middle-aged doctor killed eight children with a knife in March 2010 to vent his anger over a thwarted romantic relationship (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Hacktivists Strike Westboro Baptist Church Over Newtown Tragedy
Date: December 17, 2012
Source:
RT

Abstract: Hacktivists with the Anonymous movement and other online groups have waged a war on the Westboro Baptist Church following news that the group plans to demonstrate on the site of the Shady Hook Elementary School massacre.

Shirley Phelps-Roper of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church announced Friday that the Topeka, Kansas-based religious group would be picketing in Newtown, Connecticut, where less than five hours earlier a shooter opened fire killing more than two dozen people, mostly children.

“Westboro will picket in CT,” Shirley Phelps-Roper, a lawyer and spokesperson for the group, confirmed Friday afternoon over Twitter. On Saturday, she added, “Westboro will picket Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment.”

When the WBC first announced their intentions, the body of 20-year-old shooter Adam Lanza was still inside of Sandy Hook, where only hours earlier he murdered 20 children and six staffers after shooting and killing his mother at their nearby home. In the two days since, members of Anonymous and the UGNazi clan, among others, have launched a full-fledged assault on the WBC and its parishioners, exposing the personal information of church members and attempting relentlessly to collectively clear them off the Internet.

On Saturday, persons claiming alliance with the Anonymous movement released a video targeting the WBC and Phelps family, calling them “repugnant” and the leaders of a cause that is “hazardous to the lives of millions.”

“Since your one-dimensional thought protocol will conform not to any modern logic, we will not debate, argue, or attempt to reason with you. Instead, we have unanimously deemed your organization to be harmful to the population of The United States of America, and have therefore decided to execute an agenda of action which will progressively dismantle your institution of deceitful pretext and extreme bias, and cease when your zealotry runs dry,” the message continued.

“We will not allow you to corrupt the minds of America with your seeds of hatred. We will not allow you to inspire aggression to the social factions which you deem inferior. We will render you obsolete. We will destroy you. We are coming.”

n an accompanying dispatch, Anonymous provided the full names, emails, addresses and phone numbers of the Phelps family and most of the WBC. Within hours, other information materialized and was published on the Web, including the private Social Security numbers of several church members.

“LOL, BRB GETTING A PORSCHE UNDER FRED W PHELPS,” Twitter user @Shm00pLOL wrote on Sunday while including the Social Security number of the church’s founder.

“What they do is unacceptable, ripping on people who are innocent and attacking funerals of people who are mourning over loved ones,” wrote Shm00p, whose online profile references both the UGNazi group and the Rustle League, two Internets collective separate from the Anonymous movement.

By Sunday evening, Shirley Phelps-Roper’s Twitter account was hijacked, a take-over that’s been credited to a 15-year-old hacker named Cosmo who is currently barred from using the Internet following a conviction for computer-related crimes waged as part of the UGNazi group. On Monday, Phelps’ account remained hacked and had been defaced to include a background image that reads “Pray for Newtown.”

Additionally, a series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks have been waged to wipe websites registered to the church, including GodHatesFags.com, at least momentarily offline. Furthermore, hacktivists have circulated multiple petitions on WhiteHouse.org that they hope will receive enough signatures to have the Obama administration investigate the church. One request to have the WBC’s IRS tax-exempt status reconsidered received over 13,000 signatures in less than a day; another asking the White House to legally recognize the WBS as a hate group garnered the attention of over 114,000 signees during the weekend.

Monday morning, the church’s official Twitter account announced, “I've never heard of Anonymous, but somehow they got our personal info. That is OUR info, not yours to give out! God will deliver us.”

The Westboro Baptist Church has become infamous during the last few decades for picketing high-profile funerals, notably the 1998 memorial for slain gay man Matthew Shepard. When the group announced earlier this year that they would picket the funerals of the victims of the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting, members of Anonymous asked for help in taking down the church (RT, 2012).

Title: ‘Batman’ Threat Closes Virginia School
Date: January 2, 2013
Source:
WTVR News

Abstract: On Wednesday, most students will head back to school but not those in Giles County.  They were scheduled to return to class, but school was canceled after an online article raised concerns about safety.

The article is entitled: “The Next School Massacre Target?.” It’s posted on a website that caters to conspiracy theories and UFOs.

“We have to take this as serious information,” says Giles County Sheriff Morgan Millirons.

The article connects the Colorado movie theater shooting to last month’s shooting in Connecticut and then to Narrows, Va.

The author uses a scene in the latest Batman movie that shows a map of attack sites. One is called Sandy Hook, the other is Narrows. The author writes that it’s plausible schools in Narrows, Virginia might be in danger.

“We just want to emphasize that no threat has been made to any school system here in Giles County,” says Sheriff Millirons (WTVR News, 2013).

Title: Alba Middle School Student Brings Loaded Gun To School
Date: January 9, 2013
Source:
Fox 10 TV

Abstract: Officials said an Alba Middle School student is being transferred to Strickland Youth Center after he brought a gun to school.

Molly Huot takes every precaution to keep her children safe even driving them to school every morning even though they live a few doors down from Alba Middle School.

"I bring the car every morning. I don't let them walk,” said Huot.

When she got the news there was a loaded gun on school grounds, she tried to rush over to help but the school was blocked off.

"I cannot say anything. I was scared. I just fall down," said Huot.

Her son and daughter were both inside.

"I was really scared,” said her daughter seventh grader Lyona Huot.

So was seventh grader Laurie Ledet.

It worries me because there’s no telling what they are going to do,” said Ledet.

Bayou La Batre detective Scott Dagg said the gun was brought to school by an eighth grader and his intentions are still not clear.

"He wouldn’t really go into detail. He just said he made a bad choice,” said Dagg.

Police said the weapon was found around 1:45 p.m. That means the eighth grader went almost the entire school day carrying a loaded gun.

"Another student had come forward and advised that he had seen the handgun in his back pack. The staff jumped right on it and recovered the firearm and other items,” said Dagg.

The gun was never fired and the student was taken to the Strickland Youth Center.

Parents like Cherri Ledet don’t want to think about what could have happened.

"They got to do something or somebody’s going to get hurt,” said Ledet.

Lawmakers in Montgomery are trying to do something.

Alabama Senator Rusty Glover said since the shooting in Connecticut school safety has been on the forefront.

A big topic: Should firearms be allowed in schools? If so, who should carry them?

"Right now without any weapons at all for the good guys, the children are very vulnerable to some major problems,” said Glover.

Members of the Alabama House and Senate sat down Wednesday for a school safety hearing.

"There is something we can do as a legislature; and hopefully, we’ll get that action this session so these kids are protected,” said Glover.

The intention is to make students feel safe at school. Whether the students at Alba do it depends on who you ask.

Senator Glover will be introducing a local bill that would allow resource officers to carry weapons.

As for state action, one of the ideas discussed Wednesday is to train a few administrators and or teachers in each school to carry weapons.

Glover said there is differing opinions on what to do but all agree something needs to be done.

As for the Alba student, the school system said he is currently suspended until the school board decides on further action.

He is charged with carrying a concealed weapon and having a pistol without a permit (Fox 10 TV, 2013).

Title: Alabama Student Arrested After Gun Found In Bag
Date: January 10, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Police in Bayou La Batre arrested an eighth-grade student who they say brought a loaded gun and knife to school.

Mobile County schools spokeswoman Nancy Pierce tells al.com school officials found a 25-caliber, semi-automatic pistol and a knife in the 13-year-old's bag in a locker room in the gym.

Police Chief Clifton Adams says the Alba Middle School student got the gun from a shed behind his parents' house. The boy told police he was being bullied and brought the gun to school to protect himself.

Police are not identifying the boy because he is a minor. He faces misdemeanor charges of carrying a concealed weapon and having a pistol without a permit. Pierce says the boy has also been suspended (Fox News, 2013).

Title: 1 Student Shot, Wounded At California High School, Another In Custody
Date: January 10, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A 16-year-old student armed with a shotgun walked into class in a rural California high school on Thursday and shot one student, fired at another and missed, and then was talked into surrendering by a teacher and another staff member, officials said.

The teen victim was in critical but stable condition, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood told a news conference. The sheriff said the teacher at Taft Union High School suffered a minor pellet wound to the head and declined treatment.

The gunman had as many as 20 rounds of ammunition in his pocket, the sheriff said.

When the shots were fired, the teacher tried to get the more than two dozen students out a back door and also engaged the shooter in conversation to distract him, Youngblood said. A campus supervisor responding to a call of shots fired also began talking to the gunman.

"They talked him into putting that shotgun down. He in fact told the teacher, `I don't want to shoot you,' and named the person that he wanted to shoot," Youngblood said.

"The heroics of these two people goes without saying. ... They could have just as easily ... tried to get out of the classroom and left students, and they didn't," the sheriff said. "They knew not to let him leave the classroom with that shotgun."

The shooter didn't show up for first period, then interrupted the class of 28 students.

Investigators had not yet had a chance to interview the student and so had no immediate word on a motive or whether the attacker had a previous disciplinary record. Nor did they know where he got the shotgun.

The Sheriff's Department did not release the boy's name because he was a juvenile and had yet to be charged. But many students and community members said they knew the boy and said he was often teased, including Alex Patterson, 18, who went to Taft with the suspect before graduating last year.

"He comes off as the kind of kid who would do something like this," Patterson said. "He talked about it a lot, but nobody thought he would."

Trish Montes, who lived next door to the suspect, said he was "a short guy" and "small" who was teased about his stature by many, including the victim.

"Maybe people will learn not to bully people," Montes said. "I hate to be crappy about it, but that kid was bullying him."

Montes said her son had worked at the school and tutored the boy last year, sometimes walking with him between classes because he felt sorry for him.

"All I ever heard about him was good things from my son," Montes said. "He wasn't Mr. Popularity, but he was a smart kid. It's a shame. My kid said he was like a genius. It's a shame because he could have made something of himself."

The wounded student was flown to a hospital in Bakersfield. Officials said a female student was hospitalized with possible hearing damage because the shotgun was fired close to her ear, and another girl suffered minor injuries during the scramble to flee when she fell over a table.

Officials said there's usually an armed officer on campus, but the person wasn't there because he was snowed in. Taft police officers arrived within 60 seconds of first reports.

Bakersfield television station KERO reported receiving phone calls from people inside the school who hid in closets.

About 900 students are enrolled at the high school, which includes ninth through 12th grades. Authorities went room by room through the school and expected to spend the day checking backpacks to make sure no other weapons were on campus.

Wilhelmina Reum, whose daughter Alexis Singleton is a fourth-grader at a nearby elementary school, got word of the attack while she was about 35 miles away in Bakersfield and immediately sped back to Taft.

"I just kept thinking this can't be happening in my little town," she told The Associated Press.

"I was afraid I was going to get hurt," Alexis said. "I just wanted my mom to get here so I could go home."

Taft is a community of fewer than 10,000 people amid oil and natural gas production fields about 120 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

The attack there came less than a month after a gunman massacred 20 children and six women at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., then killed himself.

That shooting prompted President Barack Obama to promise new efforts to curb gun violence. Vice President Joe Biden, who was placed in charge of the initiative, said he would deliver new policy proposals to the president by next week.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said in a statement that her father had attended Taft Union and she has visited the school over the years.

"At this moment my thoughts and prayers are with the victims, and I wish them a speedy recovery," Feinstein said. "But how many more shootings must there be in America before we come to the realization that guns and grievances do not belong together?" (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Twin Explosions At Syrian University Kill More Than 80
Date: January 15, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Twin blasts inside a university campus in Syria's largest city on Tuesday set cars ablaze, blew the walls off dormitory rooms and left more than 80 people dead, anti-regime activists said.

What caused the blasts remained unclear.

Anti-regime activists trying to topple President Bashar Assad's regime said his forces carried out two airstrikes. Syrian state media, for its part, blamed rebels fighting the Syrian government, saying they fired rockets that struck the campus.

Aleppo, Syria's largest city and a commercial capital, has been harshly contested since rebel forces, mostly from rural areas north of the city, pushed in and began clashing with government troops last summer.

Entire neighborhoods have been destroyed since in fighting and frequent shelling and airstrikes by government forces who seek to dislodge the rebels.

The competing narratives of the two blasts at the city's main university highlight the difficulty of confirming reports from inside Syria. The Syrian government bars most media from working in the country, making independent confirmation difficult, and both anti-regime activists and the Syria government sift the information they give the media in an effort to boost their cause.

Aleppo's university is in the city's northwest, a sector controlled by government forces, making it unclear why government jets would target it, as opposition activists claim.

Syria's state news agency blamed the attack on rebels, saying they fired two missiles at the university. It said the strike occurred on the first day of the mid-year exam period and killed students and people who were staying at the university after being displaced by violence elsewhere. The agency did not say how many people were killed and wounded.

The scale of destruction in videos shot at the site, however, suggested more powerful explosives had been used than the rockets the rebels are known to possess.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights cited students and medical officials as saying that 83 people were killed in the blasts. Several of the more than 150 people injured were in critical condition, it said.

The group, which relies on a network of contacts inside Syria, said it was unclear what caused the blasts.

Syria's crisis began in March 2011 with protests calling for political reform. The conflict has since turned into civil war, with scores of rebel groups fighting Assad's forces throughout the country.

The U.N. says more than 60,000 people have been killed (Fox News, 2013).

Title: 28 Nashville Students Spend Night In Hospital For Carbon Monoxide Poisoning From Heating Unit
Date: January 15, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: More than two dozen students have spent the night in a hospital after carbon monoxide leaked at their Nashville private school.

Drexel Preparatory Academy principal Cheryl Bowman told WTVF-TV (http://bit.ly/ULQFal ) students began coming to the office Monday morning complaining of flu-like symptoms. Officials decided to cancel classes.

After students were sent home, the school got a call from Vanderbilt University Children's Hospital, saying several students had been brought in and showed high levels of carbon monoxide.

Workers found a hole in a heating unit that serves the central part of the school, where the kindergarten and first-grade classes are located.

Twenty-eight students were admitted to the hospital and put on oxygen overnight. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas produced by combustion (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Gunman Allegedly Shoots Administrator, Himself At St. Louis College
Date: January 15, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A gunman walked into a business school in St. Louis on Tuesday and shot one of the college's financial advisers, then turned the gun on himself, police said.

The gunman is believed to be a part-time student at the Stevens Institute of Business and Arts, located in the city's downtown area.

Police say the unidentified shooter, who has a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, is in custody.

Both the victim and the shooter were transported to St. Louis University hospital and are reportedly in surgery. The extent of their injuries is not known at this time, but police are optimistic both will survive.

Police say it appears to be a targeted shooting and the gunman knew the victim, who was a longtime employee of the school.

The Stevens Institute of Business and Arts was previously known as Patricia Stevens College. There are about 200 students currently enrolled at the school (Fox News, 2013).

Title: 2 Reported Dead In Shooting At Kentucky College
Date: January 16, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A gunman firing into a vehicle killed two people and wounded a juvenile Tuesday as they sat in the parking lot of an eastern Kentucky community college.

The campus was locked down for more than an hour while police searched the two buildings of Hazard Community and Technical College in Hazard, Ky., to ensure there was no further danger before allowing students to leave, police told a news conference broadcast live on WYMT-TV's website.

College President Stephen Greiner said that at the time of the shooting, there were probably about 30 students on campus, which is based 90 miles southeast of Lexington, Ky.

Police recovered the weapon, a semiautomatic pistol, at the scene, Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen said. He said a man who walked into an office of the Kentucky State Police in Hazard and said he knew something about the shooting was being questioned as a suspect. The man had not been charged with a crime and no other suspects had been identified at the time of the news conference, which was held about three hours after the shooting.

A male and female were already dead when police arrived about 6 p.m., Allen said. The wounded juvenile, a female, was taken to University of Kentucky Hospital, he said.

A hospital spokeswoman said she could not provide any information about the juvenile's condition without a name, which police did not release.

Police believe the shooting may have been the result of a domestic dispute, Allen said. He didn't know the relationship between the victims and the shooter.

In a statement released late Tuesday, college officials said they did not think the school was specifically targeted or that any of the people involved in the shooting were either students or employees of the college.

Conor Duff, the college's evening coordinator, said the outbreak of violence was startling.

"Everybody here's been pretty shook up," he said. "This is definitely something people around here are not used to. We have our fair share of problems, but normally this isn't one of them."

Classes had resumed Monday at the campus after the holiday break, according to the college's website, which also posted that there had been an incident and asked students to stay away from the main campus. The school called off classes for Wednesday.

The college's academic programs range from associate's degrees in arts and sciences to career-focused training in mining technology and heavy-equipment operation (Fox News, 2013).

Title: 5 Children Killed As African Union Peacekeepers Mistakenly Open Fire On School
Date:
January 17, 2013
Source:
RT

Abstract: Five children and two adults were killed when African Union (AU) troops mistakenly shot into a religious school while pursuing militants, according to media reports.

­All five of the children killed were under five years of age, Somali legislator Dahir Amin Jesow told the AP.

The attack took place in a village about 120 kilometers west of Somali capital Mogadishu early morning Tuesday, when many students of Islamic schools in Somalia attend class.

Jesow said that soldiers from the African Union Mission for Somalia (AMISOM) were attacked by militants earlier.

But other residents of Leggo claimed there were no gunbattles between the troops and the rebels at the time.

"The AU forces opened fire indiscriminately on our homes," one of them told Reuters.

AMISOM’s acting force commander, Major General Salvatore Harushimana, declared that AU troops always try to minimize civilian casualties. 

“AMISOM is mindful of its responsibility to minimize civilian casualties during its operations and we have clear rules of engagement to that effect. We are therefore currently establishing the facts and the circumstances around this tragic incident so as to ascertain whether, and to what extent, these rules may have been breached," General Harushimana said. 

There are 17,600 AU troops in Somalia supporting the country’s weak central government, which is facing an insurgency from al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda-linked group of Islamist militants (RT, 2013).

Title: Gun Found In 7-Year-Old's Backpack At NYC School, Police Say
Date: January 17, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Police say a 7-year-old New York City boy brought a gun and ammunition to school in his backpack.

New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne says it's not clear whether the boy knew it was inside, or whether it was stashed by someone at his home.

Police say his mother learned the gun was inside and told officials at the Queens elementary school that her son had a dentist appointment. She then asked him in private about the weapon. The boy apparently also brought a flare gun with him and told his mother he'd given the weapon to a friend.

The school was locked down. The friend was found with the flare gun. The backpack was searched and a semi-automatic pistol was found.

The investigation continues; no charges were filed (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Student Dies In Blackburn College Dorm Room
Date: January 21, 2013
Source:
My Fox St. Louis

Abstract: An Illinois college is mourning the loss of one of its students. Twenty four year-old Josh Ramza was found dead in his Blackburn College dorm room over the weekend.

There are only 550 students at Blackburn, and most of them knew Josh. He was a well-liked fifth year senior on the soccer team. That’s where he met his best friend, Aaron Guzman-Wood.

For Aaron, the loss is surreal. He and Josh spoke nearly every day, and he was supposed to be the best man in Aaron’s upcoming wedding.  Josh’s best friend says, “My heart just went down to my stomach, and ever since then I just haven’t been the same, because I just feel like a piece of me has gone.”

Those who knew Josh says the Romeoville, IL native was outgoing and hard-working. He worked two jobs, and wanted to be a probation officer when he graduated.  “It’s always harder to lose a young person,” laments Mim Pride, President of Blackburn College. She has never had a student die on campus in her 24 years at the school.

Dean of Students Heidi Heinz adds, “Somber, I think is pretty much the mood around campus, that’s the best way to describe it.”

For many, the hardest part is the lack of closure, since his death remains unexplained.  Foul play isn’t suspected, and the toxicology report could take days to complete.  Aaron explains, “Not knowing is the worst feeling. You have to hold onto your friends every moment in every aspect because one minute they’re there, one minute they’re gone, and it’s so hard.”

In the meantime, students are trying to stay positive, looking for ways to keep Josh’s memory alive. Pride says, “The students are busily thinking about what they want to do to celebrate his life. Everything from a rock with his name on it out on the soccer field to a memorial soccer game, to a formal service of remembrance.”

In addition, Josh’s friends plan to hold a soccer fundraiser in the near future to help his family pay for funeral arrangements. Josh is survived by his parents and an older brother (My Fox St. Louis, 2013).

Title: At Texas College As Three Are Hurt After Two Gunmen Exchange Fire On Campus
Date: January 22, 2013
Source:
Daily Mail

Abstract: Terror gripped yet another U.S. school today after two gunmen opened fire on a college campus leaving three injured and another suffering from a heart attack.

Thousands of students fled Lone Star College in Houston shortly after noon today as gunshots were heard coming from the North Harris campus. Police and SWAT teams quickly moved in to put the school on lock down.

As students ran from the school terrified and sobbing surrounded by police, echoes of the Sandy Hook massacre were all too prevalent.

Like the day 20 children and six adults were shot dead by Adam Lanza, scenes were chaotic and reports coming from the school were contradictory and unconfirmed.

It was finally determined that two students exchanged fire in the north campus, one of whom was injured and detained. The other fled but was caught by police a while later.

One of the injured was the college's maintenance man who got caught in the cross fire. A woman was said to have suffered a heart attack.

ABC affiliate KTRK is reporting that two victims of the shooting suffered multiple gun shot wounds.

They were both conscious when they were brought to the hospital, the station reported, and were being brought in for surgery.

EMS workers were seen carrying stretchers into the library of the building, which is where the shooting is believed to have taken place.

Vicki Cassidy, manager of media relations for Lone Star College System, said: 'We know that shots have been fired and we are in a shelter-in-place situation on the campus.

'It's a pretty chaotic scene at this point in time.'

KHOU-TV quoted a student, Brittany Mobley, as saying 'two dudes basically get into an altercation' and one shot the other. He is said to have 'emptied out his clip'.

Another witness said she heard one of the gunmen say: 'I don't want any trouble, I don't want to go to jail.'

Student Amanda Vasquez said she hid under the desk when she heard the gun fire. She said many people were shouting and a woman turned out the light and put a chair against the door barricading the 25 people inside.

She called her mom to tell her she was OK.

'She didn't believe me, because you never think this kind of thing will happen to you,' Amanda said: 'I was waiting for my English class when I heard about six shots.

'I always thought it was a safe campus, we have police and security everywhere.'

The Harris County Sheriff's Office is on the scene, as well as other law enforcement agencies.

Executive director of Lone Star College Jed Young said: 'It appears to be between two students. There were two students believed to have been shot in crossfire.

'The school is under control, but it has been evacuated.'

A spokesman for Rick Perry said the governor has been briefed on everything that is known so far, and his thoughts and prayers are with those that have been impacted by the shooting.

Four nearby schools in the Aldine Independent School District have also been placed on lock down.

According to their website, the Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher learning in Houston and is the fastest growing community college system in Texas. 

The school has approximately 90,000 students spread over more than a dozen campuses.

More than 10,000 students are at the North Harris campus of Lone Star College, spokesman Jed Young said.

There have been three separate shootings at schools and colleges in the United States in the past two weeks.

On January 10, a student armed with a shotgun opened fire at a California high school, wounding a fellow student. A second student also received minor injures at Taft Union High School in Taft, California, about 30 miles southwest of Bakersfield.

On January 15, a student armed with a pistol opened fire at Stevens Institute of Business & Arts in downtown St Louis, shooting a school employee and then turning the gun on himself.

Also on January 15, two people were killed and a third wounded when gunfire broke out in the parking lot of a community college in eastern Kentucky. Authorities said that shooting was a result of a domestic conflict.

A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE: AMERICA'S WORST SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

In 2012, there were several other fatal school shootings, including the February 27 shooting in Chardon, Ohio, where alleged gunman T.J. Lane shot five people, killing three. On April 2, former Oikos University student One L. Goh returned to his Korean Christian college and shot dead seven people.  A massacre at a movie megaplex at the Aurora Century 16 cinema in July left 12 dead and wounded 58 others.

Virginia Tech - 32 dead plus the shooter, 16 April 2007, Blacksburg, Virginia

Student Seung-Hui Cho, 23, killed two students in a dorm and then went through building of classrooms armed with two handguns, shooting at random before killing himself. Seventeen others were wounded

Sandy Hook Elementary School – 26 dead plus the shooter, 14 December 2012, Newtown, Connecticut

The most recent mass shooting occurred mere weeks ago in a quiet town in Connecticut. Shooter Adam Lanza, 20, fatally shot his mother in the face before driving to the school, where he gunned down 20 children and six educators in a matter of minutes before turning the gun on himself.

University of Texas - 16 dead plus shooter, 1 August 1966, Austin, Texas

Former Marine sniper Charles Whitman, 25, armed with an arsenal of weapons, shot victims from the observation deck of the campus bell tower and later shot himself.

Columbine High School - 13 dead plus two shooters, 20 April 1999, Littleton, Colorado

Students Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, opened fire outside the school killing students and one teacher before shooting themselves in the library. Another 21 people were injured. Many victims, such as Richard Castaldo, sustained life-altering injuries. Castaldo was paralyzed by a bullet and lives his life in a wheelchair.

Red Lake High School - Nine dead plus shooter, 21 March 2005, Red Lake, Minnesota

Jeffrey Weise, 17, shot and killed his grandfather and his grandfather’s girlfriend on an Indian reservation, before going on a shooting spree at Red Lake High School killing nine people. He then turned the gun on himself.

Oikos University – Seven dead and three wounded, 2 April, 2012, Oakland, California

Former Oikos University student One L. Goh, 42, allegedly planned the massacre at the Northern California university following a tuition dispute.  He shot seven people   A judge ruled earlier this month that Goh was not mentally fit for trial and suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.

California State University, Fullerton – Seven dead, three wounded, 12 July, 1976

Gunman Edward Charles Allaway, 37, worked as a custodian at the university’s library. He used a rifle purchased at a local K-Mart to shoot dead a librarian, two custodians, a photographer, and other staffers. Following the shootings, he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and remains at a state hospital in San Bernardino.

Nickle Mines schoolhouse - six dead plus shooter, 2 October 2, 2006, Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania

Charles Carl Roberts IV, 32, executes five girls aged 7 to 13 before killing himself in a one-room Amish schoolhouse; ten girls were shot in total, one of the victims was removed from life support in 2006; other survivors suffered brain injuries and vision problems

University of Iowa - five dead plus shooter, 1 November 1991, Iowa City, Iowa

Gang Lu, 27, a graduate student from China, killed five with a .38-caliber revolver. He was apparently angry because his doctoral dissertation had not been nominated for an academic award

Northern Illinois University – five dead plus shooter, 14 February 2008, DeKalb, Illinois

Shooter Steven Kazmierczak, 27, a former student of the university, entered a lecture hall on the campus around 3pm on Valentine’s Day and opened fire. In total, five people were killed and 20 more were wounded. The gunman committed suicide.

Westside Middle School - five dead, 24 March 1998, Jonesboro, Arkansas

Mitchell Johnson, 10, and Andrew Golden, 8, took seven guns to school and pulled the fire alarm and shot students as they headed for the exits. Four female students died, as well as a teacher; nine students and an additional teacher were wounded. The pair were sent to a juvenile detention center and released in 2005.

Cleveland Elementary School - five dead plus shooter, 17 January 1989, Stockton, California

Patrick Edward Purdy entered a schoolyard and opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle at Cleveland Elementary School. Five children died and 30 others were wounded including one teacher. He then shot himself.

Kent State University – four dead, 4 May 1970, Kent, Ohio

National Guard troops killed four students who were protesting the Vietnam War on the campus of Kent State University in Ohio. The gunman fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds. Nine additional students were wounded and one was permanently paralyzed.

Contrary to popular belief, the deadliest attack on a school in the United States was not because of gun violence. Rather, it happened when a school board treasurer blew up the Bath Schoolhouse in Michigan. Andrew Kehoe, 55, spent several months rigging bombs to the Bath Schoolhouse in Bath Township, Michigan. The May 18, 1927 disaster killed 43 people, including 38 children. Kehoe also murdered his wife, and committed suicide by detonating his vehicle (Daily Mail, 2013).

Title: Third-Grade Student Carrying Loaded Gun Stopped At Entrance Of His Detroit-Area School
Date: January 25, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Authorities say a third-grade student brought a loaded handgun to his Detroit-area school but was stopped before he walked through the doors.

School district spokeswoman Val Hughes says the principal at Daly Elementary School in Inkster was tipped by a phone call before school started on Friday morning.

She says the principal met the boy at the school's entrance. The boy and weapon were removed from school grounds around 9 a.m.

Hughes says no one was harmed and that other students weren't aware of what happened.

No details were released about how the boy got the gun or why he took it to school.

Inkster police told The Associated Press that they couldn't release any information about the incident.

Inkster is about 15 miles west of Detroit (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Toy Gun Prompts Bronx School Lock-Down
Date: January 29, 2013
Source:
My Fox New York

Abstract: The lockdown of two schools in the Bronx was lifted after police discovered a toy gun.

The NYPD conducted a sweep of the schools Tuesday morning after the principal of P.S. 4 called in a report of a student possibly carrying a gun.

A student told the school aide that he heard another student had a weapon inside the school on Fulton Ave. The student did not actually see a gun, said police.

The building which also houses P.S. 171 was under lockdown for more than an hour while police conducted their search.

They eventually found a toy gun, reported to be a Nerf gun that fires foam "bullets."

Two students from P.S. 171 said they were told to crouch under their desks during the sweep.

A large group of parents lined up outside the school to pick up their children after word spread of the lock-down. Many were frustrated that their children remained inside.

By 10:45 a.m., parents were allowed to enter the school and pick up their children.

On Jan. 15, a lime-green Nerf toy gun also caused an hours-long lock-down at a Long Island school (My Fox New York, 2013).

Title: Shooting At Atlanta School, Student Shot In Head
Date: January 31, 2013
Source:
My Fox 8 News

Abstract: A 14-year-old student suffered a gunshot wound to the head Thursday outside a middle school in Atlanta, Georgia, police and school officials said.

The victim was conscious and alert at Grady Memorial Hospital, his mother told CNN affiliate WSB-TV. A fellow Price Middle School student was in custody, according to police and Atlanta Public Schools. No other students were harmed in the 1:50 p.m. shooting.

An off-duty Atlanta police officer working as a school resource officer disarmed and apprehended the suspect immediately after the shooting, police Chief George Turner said.

Police detectives were interviewing the victim in the hospital, his mother told WSB-TV. He knows the assailant, who the mother said was “talking smack” to her son between classes before pulling out a gun and firing, the station said.

Sandra Armour, a cousin of the victim’s mother, said at the hospital there was no gang connection. “(The victim) is a good kid,” Armour said. She said she didn’t know whether either the victim or the suspect had ever been bullied.

The victim is expected to be released this evening, school district Superintendent Erroll Davis said at a 5 p.m. news conference.

The school was locked down while a police tactical team swept the building for threats and administrators accounted for all students and faculty. Some parents grew restless and complained about a lack of communication while waiting for their children.

“Plans are always good until something happens and things go wrong, and then you learn,” Davis said.

At 4:45 p.m. students were loaded onto buses and reunited with their families at a church less than two blocks from the school.

Price Middle School has about 400 students and has metal detectors at the doors, Davis said. He said the district would investigate how the assailant was able to carry a gun.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed issued the following statement:

“Gun violence in and around our schools is simply unconscionable and must end. Too many young people are being harmed, and too many families are suffering from unimaginable and unnecessary grief. I pray that the student who was shot today at Price Middle School in southwest Atlanta recovers quickly and can return home to family and friends. A suspect has been taken into custody. I would also like the students, faculty and families of the Price Middle School community to know that they have the full support of the City of Atlanta as they heal from today’s terrible incident. The city’s Employee Assistance Program counselors are already at the school providing guidance for students, faculty and family members” (My Fox 8 News, 2013).

Title: Student Wounded In Shooting At Atlanta Middle School
Date: February 1, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Authorities say a 14-year-old student was wounded after being shot in the back of the neck at an Atlanta middle school.

Authorities say a suspect fired multiple gun shots in the courtyard of Price Middle School before an armed officer was able to get the gun away. Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos says the shooting was not random.

MyFoxAtlanta.comhttp://global.fncstatic.com/static/v/all/img/external-link.png reports the wounded student, identified by family members as Telvis Douglas, was alert and conscious before he was taken to the hospital. The student was taken to Grady Hospital and was released Thursday night.

A teacher suffered minor cuts and bruises but was treated on the scene.

Police say a suspect, tentatively identified as a male student, has been taken into custody. Campos said investigators are not certain what happened before the shooting, but believe something occurred between the two people involved.

Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis said the school does have metal detectors.

"The obvious question is how did this get past a metal detector?" Davis asked about the gun. "That's something we do not know yet."

The armed resource officer who took the gun away was off-duty and at the school, but police didn't release many details on him or whether he is regularly at Price.

The school was placed on lockdown and students were kept inside for hours as their parents waited anxiously outside. Price Middle School is located south of Atlanta.

Several school buses loaded with children pulled away from the school hours after the shooting and stopped in front of a church about a half-block away. Parents tried boarding the buses. Police who initially tried to stop the parents, relented and screamed, "Let them off!" about the students.

Superintendent Davis sympathized with concerned parents who complained that it took too long for students to be released from the building. He said emergency procedures were followed according to protocol and school district officials would meet Friday to review their response. Calls to the school district were not immediately returned.

Mayor Kasim Reed condemned gun violence in a statement shortly after the shooting and said counselors were at the school to meet with students, faculty and family members.

"Gun violence in and around our schools is simply unconscionable and must end," Reed said. "Too many young people are being harmed, and too many families are suffering from unimaginable and unnecessary grief" (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Detroit High School Coach Shoots Suspected Attackers Outside School
Date: February 3, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A young man is dead and another is seriously injured after a shooting during an attempted robbery of a basketball coach near a Detroit high school.

MyFoxDetroit.comhttp://global.fncstatic.com/static/v/all/img/external-link.png reports that a 70-year-old coach for the girl's basketball team at Martin Luther King Junior High School was walking two students to their cars at the school when the shooting occurred.

Detroit Public Schools spokesman says the male coach, who has not been identified, was targeted by two teenagers who allegedly tried to rob him.

When one of the suspected robbers reportedly pulled a gun, the coach allegedly fired back, fatally shooting 16-year-old Michael Scott and injuring the other person, according to MyFoxDetroit.com.

Priscilla Scott, Michael's mother, told MyFoxDetroit.com that her son didn't own a gun.

The coach is reportedly a police reserve officer and has a permit to carry a gun.

The Associated Press contributed to this report (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Oklahoma Student Commits Suicide Inside School Bathroom
Date: February 4, 2013
Source:
My Fox 8 News

Abstract: Two schools were placed on lockdown Monday morning after a freshman student committed suicide inside the school, KOTV reports.

Superintendent Jeff Holmes confirmed to KOTV a ninth grader committed suicide in a bathroom at the Intermediate High School.

Police received a call Monday morning that they were needed at the school. Officials said the school did a “tremendous” job during the lockdown.

All ninth grade students were sent to the high school gym where parents could pick them up. Classes for all other Coweta schools will continue.

Coweta Public Schools sent out a phone alert Monday morning with the following message:

“This is Jeff Holmes, Superintendent of Coweta Schools. I regret to inform you that we have a tragic incident at our intermediate high school today. All 9th grade students have been moved to the high school gymnasium where they will be able to checked out from the northwest lobby by a parent at this time. All other schools will remain in session throughout today” (My Fox 8 News, 2013).

Title: Texas A&M Stadium Kyle Field Evacuated After Bomb Threat
Date: February 20, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Texas A&M University has issued a "code maroon" safety advisory due to a possible bomb threat at Kyle Field that's closed the stadium and nearby buildings.

A statement Wednesday afternoon from the school in College Station says "Bomb threat investigation at Kyle." The emergency advisory says the football stadium and adjacent buildings will be closed for the rest of the day.

The statement issued at 12:25 p.m. Wednesday says the investigation is ongoing. Further details weren't immediately available.

Kyle Field seats nearly 83,000 (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Long Island Teen Dies Of Mysterious Illness During Disneyland School Trip
Date: February 22, 2013
Source:
CBS Los Angeles

Abstract: A 15-year-old boy from Long Island died of a mysterious illness while on a school trip to Disneyland.

Joseph Tutaj was one of 80 students from Seaford High School’s marching band who traveled to the Southland to perform at the Anaheim theme park last week.

“The first day at Disneyland he was okay. He went on Space Mountain and everything with us. Then the second day he wasn’t feeling well at all,” said band member, Michael Nicola.

On Tuesday, Tutaj was at the Santa Monica Pier when he complained of a high fever.

The teen was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and died 24 hours later.

Doctors told the boy’s family they believe Tutaj may have contracted a debilitating infection.

Tutaj’s parents said the 15-year-old trumpet player had no history of medical problems.

The LA County Coroner’s Office said the cause of death has been deferred pending further tests.

The boy’s passing is the latest in a string of tragedies to hit the Tutaj family.

His father, Robert, is currently battling stage four cancer, and the family’s home was destroyed in Superstorm Sandy (CBS Los Angeles, 2013).

Title: MIT Campus Taken Off Lockdown After Report Of Gunman Unfounded
Date: February 23, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology  was taken off lockdown after police searched a building for a reported gunman, but found nothing.

In a statement posted on the school's website Saturday morning, MIT was temporarily put on lockdown as students and workers were urged to stay indoors and report any suspicious activity to campus police. MIT said multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a report of a man carrying a long rifle and wearing body armor.

But the Cambridge Police Department later wrote on Twitter that police searched the building where the gunman was reportedly spotted and found nothing, adding that there was no threat to public safety.

State police spokesman David Procopio told the Associated Press that the report of a gunman turned out to be a hoax (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Authorities Hunt For Gunman After Student Shot Dead Near Coastal Carolina University
Date: February 27, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A student shot at an off-campus housing complex near a South Carolina college campus died Tuesday as authorities searched for the gunman.

Coastal Carolina University officials confirmed to Fox News early Wednesday 19-year-old sophomore Anthony Darnell Liddell died after being shot multiple times at the University Place residence hall. 

Coastal Carolina University spokeswoman Martha Hunn said the gunman left in a vehicle and was still at large. The State Law Enforcement Division has taken over the investigation into the shooting.

Students were alerted by email and text message about the shooting, and the residence halls were placed on lockdown. The school's public safety department tells Fox Carolina that classes will continue as scheduled Wednesday as there remains no clear threat to students, staff or faculty.

University Place resident Kaitlin Eriksen told The Sun News of Myrtle Beach that she was inside her apartment when she heard four or five shots. Eriksen said she went to her balcony to see where the shots came from and saw a man fall against the back of a car's rear window.

"He took about two steps back and then collapsed. He just fell out there," Eriksen said.

According to the school's website, University Place houses almost 2,000 students.

Coastal Carolina University has an enrollment of slightly more than 9,000 students. The liberal arts school was founded in 1954 and is in Conway, 15 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Fla. High School Student Reportedly Suspended After Disarming Gunman
Date: March 3, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A 16-year-old Florida high school student says he was suspended for three days for wrestling a loaded gun away from a teen threatening to shoot.

Fox4Now.com reports that the student, who attends Cypress Lake High School in Fort Myers, tackled the 15-year-old suspect on a school bus after he allegedly pointed the weapon at another student.

"I think he was really going to shoot him right then and there," said the student, who declined to be identified.

According to the referral the student received the following day, he was suspended for his role in an "incident" where a weapon was present and given an "emergency suspension," the station reported.

The boy's mother told Fox4Now.com her son was suspended because he refused to cooperate with the investigation, adding that he was scared.

The suspected gunman was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm on school property and assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, the report states.

Sgt. David Valez of the Lee County Sheriff's Office told the station an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

School officials declined to a request for comment from Fox4Now.com due to privacy issues (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Baylor Student Dies After Accident At Dance Rehearsal
Date: March 4, 2013
Source:
Waco Trib

Abstract: Officials say a Baylor University freshman died after suffering a serious injury while attempting a back flip at a dance rehearsal during the weekend.

Authorities characterized the incident as a tragic accident and identified the deceased student as 18-year-old Kevin Signo, a pre-biology student from Frisco.

Signo was at Marrs McLean Gym on the Baylor University campus Saturday evening for a meeting with the university’s Filipino Student Association, of which he was an active member, officials said.

The group was practicing traditional Filipino dances, according to Lori Fogleman, university spokeswoman.

During a break from the rehearsal, Signo attempted a back flip, she said.

Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson said Signo landed on his forehead, causing a fatal spinal injury.

He was taken by ambulance to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center shortly before 8:30 p.m. Saturday and was pronounced dead about 4 a.m. Sunday.

Signo would have had his 19th birthday this month, said Peterson, who conducted the freshman’s inquest.

Visitation times
Visitation for Signo will be held from 6 to
9 p.m. Friday at Turrentine, Jackson & Morrow Funeral Home, 2525 N. Central Expressway, in Allen.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday also at Turrentine, Jackson & Morrow.

“Kevin was a very bright, well-liked and involved student on our campus,” Fogleman said Monday.

“He had so many friends here who will miss him terribly. The deepest prayers of our campus community are with Kevin’s family and his friends during such a difficult time” (Waco Trib, 2013).

Title: Man Takes Five Hostages At College With A Toy Gun, Demands Pizza And Gets Special Forces Rescue Op
Date: March 14, 2013
Source:
RT

Abstract: A hostage drama in southern Russia has ended peacefully, with the four people held captive released safe and uninjured, and a gunman and his alleged accomplice apprehended.

The incident began at around 2pm when a man armed with something 'resembling a handgun', and a box which he said contained a bomb, entered a classroom at the Volga- Caspian Marine Fishery College in Astrakhan in southern Russia.

Witnesses say he released most of the students and then locked himself in the classroom with five hostages, one of which was his girlfriend.

His initial demand for just a pizza and cola were met, and he then released a woman teacher. She told those outside the hostage-taker did not use violence, and he barely spoke.

The gunman was identified as a 25-year-old Aleksandr Kupstov a resident of Astrakhan. He then demanded a vehicle and $1,600 in exchange for the lives of the four women he was still holding hostage.

Following brief negotiations, Aleksandr Kuptsov (the suspect) released an English language teacher and demanded an off-roader and 50,000 roubles. He promised to put forward further demands later ,” investigative committee said, cited RIA Novosti.

At that point the riot police stormed the building releasing the hostages. They discovered there were no explosives in Kupstov's 'bomb', and the gun was a replica.

It appeared, that it was a fake, while the pistol seized from the detainee was a toy,” a representative of the Russian Interior Ministry told RIA Novosti.

Kuptsov’s girlfriend - a student at the college – was reportedly detained along with the suspect. Police do not rule out that she acted as his accomplice.

According to a source at the law enforcing agencies, Kuptsov told the police that he “had no other way to get out of this city,” reported Interfax.

Local media say Kuptsov has previously been convicted of theft. Local resident Aleksandr Alymov told RT the gunman had served as a sniper in Russian special forces. His motives behind the hostage-taking remain unclear.

If found guilty, Kuptsov may face up to 15 years behind bars for hostage-taking (RT, 2013).

Title: Classes Resume At University Of Central Florida After Explosives Removed From Dorm Room
Date: March 18, 2013
Source: Fox News

Abstract: Classes have resumed at the University of Central Florida after homemade explosives were safely removed from a dorm building, which around 500 students were evacuated from earlier in the morning.

University spokesman Grant Heston says normal operations resumed at the campus around noon after the makeshift devices were taken away, but the dorm was still closed.

Police were called to the Tower 1 on-campus dorm early Monday after a fire alarm went off shortly after midnight, and University of Central Florida officials said they found a male student dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, along with homemade bombs, a handgun and a rifle.

UCF spokesman Grant Heston said the dorm has suites, with a main kitchen and living area, along with four bedrooms. The body was found inside one of the rooms.

A bomb squad had been sent to the campus to investigate the explosives, while the dorm and a parking garage was closed. Heston said the Orange County Sheriff's Office and the FBI are helping with the investigation.

Antonio Whitehead, 21, a junior, told the Associated Press he heard the fire alarm go off after midnight and thought it was a routine alarm. He headed outside where he saw a crowd already heading across the street from the dorm.

"All of a sudden, I felt the crowd move a little faster. And a police officer with a machine gun or something told everyone to start moving a lot faster," he said.

Grant Hernandez, 20, a sophomore from Orlando who also is a resident at the dorm, said he woke up sometime after midnight when police were evacuating the building.

"We weren't allowed to get our cars. We weren't allowed to get our personal effects," Hernandez said.

"All we saw were people running, and they were not telling us what was going on," he added. "We were left unsure of things. It wasn't till about 6 o'clock that we got more information and a clearer picture of what was going on." He said officers on the scene began providing more information, and students checked updates on the university's website.

A UCF alert had said there was no threat to the community, 13 News reports.

A spokeswoman for State University System Chancellor Frank Brogan also said he was called this morning by UCF President John Hitt and was told about the situation unfolding on the Orlando-area campus.

"As far as we know no other students are in danger," Kim Wilmath said.

A statement on the university's website said the UCF Arena will open to accommodate displaced students. Counselors would be available to talk to students who need assistance.

"It's scary. Obviously, it's in the news and stuff with all the school shootings but there's not much you can do about it," Ryan Elkin, a student, told 13 News. "Obviously they took precautions and emptied out the whole building” (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Indiana University-Purdue Campus 'All Clear' After Police Search For Reported Gunman
Date: March 19, 2013
Source: Fox News


Abstract: A downtown Indianapolis university campus has issued an "all clear" message to students and employees after police searched several buildings for a reported gunman.

The message issued more than four hours after the search began Tuesday. It did not say whether police ever found a gunman on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

The message says the campus was returning to normal operations and that scheduled evening classes would be held.

Police say a woman had reported a man with a long gun in a parking lot near the Indiana University School of Medicine on the IUPUI campus about 12:30 p.m. IUPUI Police Capt. Bill Abston says police later received two additional reports of sightings (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Boy, 5, Suspended For Bringing Plastic Toy Gun To School, Mother Says
Date: March 22, 2013
Source: Fox News


Abstract: A Massachusetts mother says her five-year-old son was given a half-day suspension for bringing a toy gun to his kindergarten class on Wednesday.

Christine Stone tells MyFoxBoston.com that her son, Jonah, was punished by administrators at Center School in Hopkinton after he showed the plastic gun to another student.

The Boston Globe reports that Stone plans to appeal the suspension. She says the school's handbook makes no mention of toy weapons.

"I think they are going a little overboard. He really wasn’t doing anything wrong,” Stone tells the Globe. “He had no intent of hurting anyone and he was even sharing."

Stone says when she and her son met with an administrator and a school police officer, the Newtown shooting was discussed, forcing her to later explain the tragedy to her son, according to the Globe.

She plans to contact the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts if her effort to appeal the suspension is unsuccessful, the Globe reported.

School administrators declined a request for comment from MyFoxBoston.com, citing confidentiality reasons (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Anonymous Threat Prompts Evacuation At University Of Texas At El Paso
Date:
March 26, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A campus-wide evacuation was ordered as a precaution at the University of Texas at El Paso on Tuesday after officials received word of a bomb threat, but police said there was no immediate danger.

UTEP students and staff got a text message at about 2 p.m. warning of a bomb threat and telling them to leave campus. Students were seen hurrying away shortly afterward, and the roads around campus were congested with traffic.

UTEP Police Chief Cliff Walsh declined to detail the threat or say whether police had a suspect, citing their ongoing investigation. But he said the campus appeared to be safe.

"This is a precautionary measure that we took out of prudence and what can transpire around the world," Walsh said.

Classes were expected to resume Wednesday evening. UTEP has more than 22,000 students enrolled.

Students seemed to react to the evacuation with more confusion and bemusement than fear. Conor Bellegrade said he was in the library doing homework when he got the text message about the evacuation and then an email. But when he looked around to see what others were doing, he didn't see anyone bolting for the doors.

A few minutes later voices somewhere in the building started shouting to leave the library, he said.

"It was jammed packed" with everyone trying to leave campus at the same time, he said.

Sophomore AC Patterson was driving to campus to turn in a paper and was surprised the roads into the school were so congested.

"There was a bunch of traffic," Patterson said. "Everyone was trying to leave campus."

He didn't make it to campus with the paper, but he added: "I think the teacher will understand" (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Police: Principal Killed In Grenade, Gun Attack On Pakistani School
Date:
April 1, 2013
Source:
CNN

Abstract: A principal was killed and eight other people were injured in a grenade and gun attack on a school in the Pakistani city of Karachi, a police spokesman said Saturday.

An unidentified motorcyclist hurled the hand grenade at the private middle school in the Baldia Town area of Karachi before letting off a volley of shots, police spokesman Asif Nawaz Sheikh told CNN.

The school principal, named as Abdul Rasheed, was badly hurt and later died of his injuries in the hospital, the spokesman said.

The eight others injured included a teacher and students at the school, he said. They were transferred to the Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center and the Civil Hospital.

Caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso condemned what he called a cowardly attack on innocent children, the official Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) news agency reported.

The targeting of school children, including girls, reflected the brutality of the terrorists, he said, according to APP.

Khoso, the former chief justice who was sworn in as interim prime minister less than a week ago, directed the local administration to give all the help needed to the families affected.

The attack is only the latest to target educators in Pakistan.

Another teacher, Shahnaz Nazli, recently died in the country's northwestern Khyber tribal district in recent days after she was shot by two men on a motorcycle as she made her way to the girls' school where she taught

In January, five teachers were killed near the town of Swabi in the volatile northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the United Nations says.

In the wake of Nazli's death, an online petition has been set up calling for Pakistan's government to take a greater role in protecting girls and teachers to safely attend school.

First to sign it was Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was herself the subject of a vicious attack last October.

The 14-year-old was riding home in a school van in the Swat Valley, a Taliban stronghold, when masked men stopped the vehicle and shot her in the head and neck.

Malala, whose campaigning for girls' education in Pakistan gained international attention in 2009, has made a good recovery since but is still receiving treatment for her injuries in Britain.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement Thursday through his spokesman condemning the recent attacks on teachers in Pakistan.

"In addition to the tragic loss of life, violence against teachers undermines confidence in education systems, traumatizes students, and discourages parents from sending children to school," the statement said.

"Attacks on women teachers are particularly heinous because they disproportionately affect the girl students for whom they serve as role models."

Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who serves as the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, has championed education issues in Pakistan, especially after the shooting of Malala.

In a piece written for CNN, he asked, "Can the world agree that 2013 will be the year when a girl's right to education will finally be won -- even in the most remote and once lawless corners of the globe?" (CNN, 2013).