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Lawyer: Nikolas Cruz Was 'Poisoned in the Womb'

Witness testifies that school shooter's mother refused to stop using drugs when pregnant

(Newser) - After weeks of harrowing testimony in the penalty trial of school shooter Nikolas Cruz, his defense team wants jurors to know more about the "person responsible for all that pain and all of that suffering." Public defender Melisa McNeill said in her opening statement Monday that jurors would...

Teacher: No, I Won&#39;t Be Arming Myself This Year
Teacher: 'Please Don't
Offer Me a Gun'

Teacher: 'Please Don't Offer Me a Gun'

Beth Ann Fennelly calls on lawmakers to act instead of asking teachers to take up arms

(Newser) - From kindergarten to college, all teachers have their rituals when it comes to preparing for the first day of school. As Beth Ann Fennelly writes in a guest essay for the New York Times, those rituals can be considered in three categories: the practical (e.g., arranging desks and supplies);...

Harrowing Video, Testimony Introduced in Cruz Trial

Survivor testifies that he tried to believe mass shooting wasn't real

(Newser) - Jurors tasked with deciding whether Nikolas Cruz should get the death penalty heard harrowing testimony and viewed a graphic video Tuesday. The video—shown to jurors, and later, reporters, but not the gallery—shows Cruz stalking through a classroom building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, firing at everybody in...

The War of Words Continues in Uvalde

Texas Department of Public Safety head, city mayor air their grievances

(Newser) - On Tuesday we reported on the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety's forceful, scathing denunciation of the decisions made by local police during the mass shooting in Uvalde. Our story didn't contain one standout piece of information given in testimony before a special state Senate committee...

Police at Alabama School Kill 'Potential Intruder'

Superintendent says man tried the building's locked doors

(Newser) - A man who tried to enter an Alabama elementary school where a summer program was being held was shot to death by police Thursday morning, authorities said. Gadsden City Schools Superintendent Tony Reddick told reporters that a "potential intruder" went to several doors trying to get into Walnut Park...

At Uvalde City Council Meeting, a Big No-Show

Embattled school police chief Pete Arredondo, newly elected to council, bailed on his first meeting

(Newser) - The Texas school district police chief who's been accused of waiting too long to order law enforcement to confront the gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde has said that he'd "eventually" answer questions about the mass shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers last month....

Cops Say Fifth-Grader Threatened Mass Shooting

'This child made a fake threat, and now he’s experiencing real consequences'

(Newser) - Officials in Lee County, Florida, say a 10-year-old boy has been arrested and charged over a "sickening" threat to commit a school shooting. In a Facebook post , the sheriff's office said a school threat enforcement team was activated Saturday after the fifth-grader sent a "threatening text message,...

4th-Grader Played Dead During Shooting

Miah Cerrillo smeared blood on herself

(Newser) - Another wrenching story has emerged from one of the young survivors in the Texas school shooting. Fourth grader Miah Cerrillo tells CNN that she smeared blood from a classmate over herself to play dead. The classmate already had been killed by the gunman. Miah recounts how the gunman shot out...

BB Gun Found After Man Shot Dead Near School

Toronto police say they received calls about man with a rifle

(Newser) - A suspect was shot dead near an elementary school in Toronto Thursday after police responded to reports of a man seen carrying what appeared to be a rifle in the area, just two days after the Texas mass shooting. Police described the suspect as a man in his late teens...

Second Amendment Isn't Absolute, Biden Says

President, first lady plan trip to Texas town reeling from school shooting

(Newser) - President Biden, arguing again for new gun control laws after the mass shooting in a Texas school, said Wednesday at the White House that the "Second Amendment is not absolute." When it was added to the Constitution, the president said, "You couldn't own a—you couldn'...

Details Emerge About Teen Shooter in Texas
Details Emerge About
Teen Shooter in Texas
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Details Emerge About Teen Shooter in Texas

Salvador Rolando Ramos is described as a troubled teen fascinated with guns

(Newser) - In the wake of Tuesday's mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas , details are emerging about the gunman, identified as 18-year-old Salvador Rolando Ramos. While Newser is focusing its coverage on the victims and other aspects of the aftermath, this file encompasses what's currently known about Ramos. Some of the...

GOP Rep for Uvalde: Today Not the Day to Talk Gun Reform

US Rep. Tony Gonzales said he's 'happy to debate' policy another time

(Newser) - Uvalde, Texas, is represented by US Rep. Tony Gonzales, and the Republican joined CBS Mornings on Wednesday to talk about the horrors that unfolded there Tuesday. "It was such a horrific scene that many of the children could not be identified and they had to use DNA and other...

Sandy Hook Mom: I 'Know What They Will Endure' for Life

Nicole Hockley's son Dylan was killed nearly 10 years ago

(Newser) - As America grieves for the families of those killed in the Uvalde mass shooting , Nicole Hockley expresses a different kind of grief: a knowing one. Her son Dylan was murdered nearly 10 years ago in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and she writes that she knows "the unspeakable...

McConaughey Speaks on Hometown Mass Shooting

'We have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible,' actor says of Uvalde tragedy

(Newser) - Uvalde's most famous native son is speaking out about the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, and he's imploring the nation to "do better." Matthew McConaughey, who was born in the Texas town where at least 21 people died Tuesday afternoon, called on Americans to "...

All the Uvalde Victims Were in One 4th-Grade Classroom

Lt. Chris Olivarez shares what law enforcement knows thus far

(Newser) - More details of how the Uvalde mass shooting took place and the law enforcement response to it are emerging Wednesday, with a rep for the Texas Department for Public Safety telling CNN that all those killed were in the same 4th-grade classroom. "Just goes to show you the complete...

Senator's Angry, Heartbroken Speech on Texas School Shooting Goes Viral

Chris Murphy addresses 'another Sandy Hook'

(Newser) - Sen. Chris Murphy came to Congress representing the Connecticut community where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. Prior to taking office as a senator in 2013 less than a month after the massacre, he represented Newtown, Conn., where the school was located,...

Mom Was With Him at School Ceremony. Hours Later, He Was Slain
'She Is Gone,' Texas Man
Sobbed Into Phone
the rundown

'She Is Gone,' Texas Man Sobbed Into Phone

More information is coming out on the horrific school shooting in Uvalde, Texas

(Newser) - The names of the 19 children and two adults killed in Tuesday's mass shooting at a Texas elementary school are starting to come out, as are other details of the massacre. The gunman, who was killed, was identified as a local 18-year-old, and a state senator says "the...

19 Elementary School Students, 2 Adults Dead in Texas Shooting

18-year-old shooter was killed by police, Texas governor says

(Newser) - Update: This file has been updated with the most up-to-date death toll and the shooter's identity. Nineteen children and two adults were killed when a gunman walked up to an elementary school in the Texas town of Uvalde and started shooting on Tuesday, officials said. Gov. Greg Abbott identified...

Parents Await Word After School Shooting
Families Gather
to Await Word

Families Gather to Await Word

Biden to speak to the nation about the Texas school shooting

(Newser) - Families waited in near silence Tuesday afternoon at a civic center in Uvalde, Texas, to learn whether they'd lost a child in the shooting at Robb Elementary School . Some of them sat outside, appearing stunned, the Washington Post reports, staring blankly. Border Patrol agents ringed the site, which was...

Teen Killed in Shooting After High School Graduation

Another teen was injured in the Tennessee shooting

(Newser) - One person was killed and another injured in a shooting after a high school graduation at Middle Tennessee State University, according to police. Police confirmed the shooting Wednesday night after the Riverdale High School graduation at Murphy Center, an on-campus arena. Authorities said the ceremony for 450 seniors had already...

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