Cincinnati School Shooting La Salle High School Student Shoots Self Inside Classroom, Authorities Say – Huffington Post, 4-29-2013

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Authorities in Ohio responded to reports that a student pulled a gun and shot himself inside a classroom Monday morning, 10TV reports.

Administrators placed La Salle High School in Cincinnati on lockdown and all students were escorted to the gymnasium following the incident, according to WKRC. There is currently no active threat.

A student at an all-male parochial high school pulled out a gun in a classroom Monday morning and shot himself in an apparent suicide attempt, police said.

The youth was taken to a hospital, and there appeared to be no threat to other students at La Salle High School, a private school west of Cincinnati that was immediately put on lockdown as a precaution, police said.

At around 8 a.m., “a student produced a gun inside one of the classrooms and shot himself, and we’re dealing with that now,” Green Township Police Chief Bart West told reporters. School officials said the shooting was during the first class period of the day.

West said the student apparently was trying to kill himself, but he had no other information on why he fired the shot. He said authorities weren’t aware of any threats made concerning the school or any other students. Authorities said all other students were safe.
The Hamilton County sheriff’s office said that the student was rushed to a hospital with a self-inflicted wound, according to the Associated Press.

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NBCNews – 14 year old boy shot at Atlanta middle school, officials say 1-31-2013

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A 14-year-old boy was shot and a teacher was injured at a middle school in Atlanta on Thursday afternoon but an armed officer was able to disarm the suspect minutes after the incident, officials said. Police said the shooting took place shortly before 2 p.m. when a student fired several rounds in the courtyard of Price Middle School, a newer school southeast of downtown Atlanta.

Live video from NBC station WXIA-TV showed police, emergency vehicles and an ambulance swarming the area as crowd of anxious parents flooded toward the school.
Police said the wounded boy was taken “alert, conscious and breathing” to the hospital. WXIA, citing school district and fire department officials, reported that he was shot in back of the neck. The wound was not considered life threatening. The teacher suffered cuts and bruises during the panic of the incident, police said.

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POLICE: MAN SHOOTS ADMINISTRATOR, HIMSELF AT DOWNTOWN ST. LOUIS SCHOOL

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Police say a young man walked into the Stevens Institute of Business and Arts in downtown St. Louis around 2:00 Tuesday, shooting an administrator in the chest before shooting himself.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch described the scene:
Authorities surrounded the building, and a helicopter flew overhead. A SWAT team and police dogs moved through the building, finding no other injured people and no other suspects.
The college currently has about 180 students. About 40-50 people were in the building at the time of the shooting, police said.
KTVI adds that the shooter was an “on-again, off-again” part-time student of the school, and that he fired on a longtime financial adviser in an office with a handgun.
Police say they believe the financial adviser was targeted, and that it was not a random act of violence.
“He was familiar to faculty and staff,” Police Chief Sam Dotson said. “The victim and the shooter were familiar with each other. They knew each other. This did not appear to be random. It appeared to be targeted.”
Police arrived within a minute of the call about the shooting to find students huddled under desks and in closets. The administrator had made it to an elevator, according to the Associated Press, while the gunman was found injured in a stairwell.

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Tired of food fights, Southern Lehigh High to install cameras in cafeteria – October 9, 2012

Tired of food fights, Southern Lehigh School District, plans to install high-tech security cameras in the high school cafeteria.

The board voted 8-1 Monday to install the recording devices at Southern Lehigh High School. It would be the first time the district installed indoor cameras.

As part of the vote, school directors authorized the administration to review other areas where cameras could be mounted, but mandated board approval before each device is installed.

School Director Jeffrey Dimmig cast the lone no vote. “It seems to me the job of the school board is not to vote every time a security camera is placed,” he said.

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Violent school offenses rise 50 percent in N.J. schools, statistics show

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Driven by increased reports of bullying in accordance with the nation’s toughest anti-bullying law, the total number of violence, harassment and other offenses at schools increased 50 percent over a one year period,statistics released today by the state Department of Education show. 

More than 12,000 instances of harassment, intimidation and bullying were reported by students and school staff last school year — a staggering figure that state education officials are calling a “new baseline” for understanding how safe and comfortable students feel at school.

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Family of alleged shooter ‘horrified’ – 8/29/2012

PERRY HALL, Md. (AP) – A 15-year-old student opened fire on the first day of classes at a Baltimore County high school Monday, getting off two shots and wounding a classmate before being rushed by teachers, authorities said.

The assailant was taken into custody after the shooting and was cooperating with investigators, police said. Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson said police do not believe the shooter was targeting the victim, a 17-year-old male. Johnson did not identify the type of weapon the shooter used.

Jordan Coates, a 17-year-old student who was in the cafeteria at the time of the shooting, said the student used a shotgun.

The shooter walked into the cafeteria of the Perry Hall High School about 10:45 a.m., Johnson said. He fired one shot before being grabbed by teachers, and then another shot went off, the police chief said.

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9 high school seniors suspended after food fight

Immortalized in movies and YouTube videos, food fights are the prank that just doesn’t seem to get old. It was a practical joke seniors at Smithville High School thought suited their 2012 legacy. At exactly 12:38 p.m. during B lunch at Smithville High, the students let it fly. “Someone threw something, and then our table threw it back, and it all just, like, we were covered in food,” said Willis. “Everyone in the cafeteria was covered in food.” Out of the nearly 200 students inside, the school principal picked out 10 for a trip to his office. Smithville ISD says it became much more than just a prank when a student came in following the fight claiming to be injured. A tougher punishment soon followed — a three-day suspension, boot camp, no graduation ceremony, and a ticket from Smithville police, saying the girls broke the law by disrupting class.

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Teacher resigns after fist fight in front of elementary students

Forget writing and arithmetic. Two teachers at Knight Road Elementary School in Memphis have taught students a terrible lesson. It was terrible lesson in conflict resolution when police say the two teachers started physically fighting in the school hallway. Students were shocked. According to a Memphis police report, both women admit to hitting the other one though neither will admit to attacking first. It apparently started with an argument about one teacher scolding the other’s students. It ended with blows in front of Linda Nelson’s grandson.

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4 Broward students complain of rash, taken to hospital

Four students and a teacher at Lauderdale Lakes Middle School were taken to the hospital Wednesday morning after they developed a strange rash on their bodies. The students were taken to Plantation General Hospital for evaluation, according to Broward Schools spokesoman Marcy Smith. They were treated and the students were released to their parents. Their teacher was taken to Florida Medical Center. A hazardous materials team responded to the school and determined the classroom that the students and teacher were in is safe. As a precautionary measure, the other students were moved to another classroom. While officials haven’t figured out what caused the strange rash, they say there is no danger to any other students.

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School Emergency Defused by Teacher’s Quick Thinking

On a quiet Tuesday afternoon in Nye County School District, a student’s behavior escalated out of control. He became angry and destructive, tearing down posters, throwing books and upsetting the other students in the classroom. When the substitute teacher was unable to gain control of the child, she realized she needed help. Luckily, the teacher had been equipped with the SAFE System. At the push of a button, the administrative office was notified with a visual and audible alert of the situation and the ceiling-mounted camera began recording the incident. Proper authorities were also notified. Three staff members and a security officer arrived in the classroom within thirty seconds of the alert. They removed the child from the classroom and were able to calm him down as he was escorted to the administrative office. The child’s parents were notified of the incident and, upon arrival to the school, were able to watch the recording and verify exactly what occurred in their child’s classroom. They were supportive of the disciplinary action taken due to their child’s out of control behavior. When the police arrived, the administrators provided video access on their iPads so they were able to view the entire incident.

Police Officer, Gunman Dead in Virginia Tech Shooting – Dec 8, 2011

BLACKSBURG, Va. — A gunman killed a Virginia Tech police officer and was found dead in a nearby parking lot Thursday at the university, scene of the worst campus killings in U.S. history, officials said. At a news conference on the campus in Blacksburg, Va., police said only that the second body was that of a white male and that he was not shot by police. A weapon was found nearby, they said. Police wouldn’t comment further on whether the second person was the gunman. But other authorities told NBC’s Pete Williams that they believed the second victim was the man who shot the campus officer. A law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity confirmed to The Associated Press the gunman was dead, but wouldn’t say how.

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Security Changes Discussed After Man Walks Into Classroom – April 12, 2011

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP)— Guilford County Schools officials are reviewing security policies after a man was able to wander off the street and into a classroom with 15 students.

Parrish Lauren Jackson, 24, of Greensboro, entered Guilford Middle School off Lindley Road through a hallway door around 2:15 p.m. on Monday, Greensboro police said. A school resource officer Tasered Jackson after refusing to comply with police instructions, police said.

Jackson was charged with assault on a female, assault on a government official, resisting, delaying, or obstructing an officer and second-degree trespass.
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Bullied Teachers: 145,100 Public-School Teachers Physically Attacked by Students; 276,700 Threatened With Injury – March 10, 2011


(CNSNews.com) – Noting that more than a third of American middle school and high school students have “reported being bullied during the school year,” President Barack Obama joined First Lady Michelle Obama at a White House conference today to discuss prevention of bullying in the nation’s schools.

What was not discussed at the White House conference was the massive number of American public-school teachers who, according to the Department of Justice and the Department of Education, have reported being physically attacked or threatened with injury by their students.

In November, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics quietly released a report—“Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2010”—indicating that 145,100 public school teachers had been physically attacked by students at their schools in the course of a single school year and that another 276,700 public school teachers had been threatened with injury by a student in that school year.
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