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Head bowed, eyes puffy, 15-year-old Charles Andrew Williams was formally charged with murder and attempted murder Wednesday, hours after shaken students began returning to the suburban high school that he allegedly turned into a bloody shooting gallery two days before. Dozens of Santana High School students appeared at the San Diego County Superior Court in El Cajon for Williams' arraignment.
April 10, 2014 | Alana Semuels, Richard Simon and Tina Susman
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. -- The latest U.S. community to be traumatized by school violence -- this time a mass stabbing -- began the long journey back to normality Thursday as it sent its youngest children back to classes, authorities searched for a motive and injured students recovered from their wounds. Murrysville's elementary and middle schools reopened just 24 hours after a stabbing and slashing rampage through the first-floor hallway of Franklin Regional Senior High School. Police have identified 16-year-old Alex Hribal as the suspected attacker.
April 16, 2012 | By James Rainey and Jessica Garrison
NEW YORK - A deep report on the fear and violence plaguing urban schools brought the Philadelphia Inquirer the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday, while the New York Times won two awards as Columbia University announced the winners of journalism's top prizes. The two victories by the New York Times -- for reporting on east Africa and for exposing tax avoidance by General Electric Co.-- made it the only double winner. It was a year in which the judges bypassed coverage of some of the most catastrophic news events dominating the headlines in 2011, such as the violent conflict in the Mideast and an earthquake , tsunami  and nuclear meltdown in Japan . The Inquirer's win for “Assault on Learning” was a boon for one of America's oldest newspapers, which recently emerged from bankruptcy and a pair of ownership changes.
October 21, 2013 | By Matt Pearce and Ari Bloomekatz, This post has been updated as indicated below.
A middle-school student in Sparks, Nev., shot and killed a teacher and wounded two other students before apparently killing himself on campus, police said Monday. Further details about the shooting at Sparks Middle School shortly after 7 a.m. remained scant after a news conference late Monday morning, but witnesses described hearing shots on the playground before a student in khakis gunned down a teacher. [Updated 1:54 p.m. PDT Oct. 21: Family members of the teacher shot and killed at Sparks Middle School identified him as Michael Landsberry.
May 9, 1999
Sadly, considering what's happening in our schools, the question has changed to, "What do you want to be if you grow up?!" GORDON MASON Los Angeles
May 22, 1999
Two Orange County legislators are sponsoring a public forum in Anaheim today on school violence. "The purpose of this panel discussion is to provide families with the information they need regarding their children's safety at school," said Assemblyman Ken Maddox (R-Garden Grove). He is co-sponsoring the event with Assemblyman Dick Ackerman (R-Fullerton). "The biggest question: Could this happen here?" Speaking at the forum will be school leaders, police, youth counselors, students and parents.
April 5, 1990
The article about a new report that charges Los Angeles Unified School District officials with failing to stem campus violence "because school officials put the welfare of violent students ahead of the safety of law-abiding students and teachers" was an irrepressibly satisfying bit of reading for me. I am an LAUSD teacher. I have had to experience the validity of these findings for the last few years. My hope is that with continued public exposure of flawed LAUSD policies our schools might improve.
October 2, 2009 | Katherine Skiba
A chilling cellphone video of a Chicago honors student's fatal beating has captured national attention, and President Obama responded Thursday by announcing that two Cabinet secretaries would travel to his hometown next week. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. and Education Secretary Arne Duncan would meet Wednesday with school officials, students and residents and talk about school violence. "Obviously, [the incident] is of great concern to the president, as somebody who lives in Chicago," Gibbs said.
December 26, 2000 | Deniene Husted, (714) 520-2508
Valencia High School students will be returning to school next year committed to stopping campus violence. The Tigers are planning their second annual Yellow Ribbon Week from Jan. 8 to 12 to remember those killed in school violence. Activities include a pep rally for peace Jan. 9; a performance of the play "Dear Child" and a candlelight vigil Jan. 10; and guest speaker Richard Santana, whose "Homeboy Goes to Harvard" presentation Jan.
October 17, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - A high school's decision to prevent students from wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco De Mayo forced a federal appeals court Thursday to consider the friction between free speech and pupil safety. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, meeting here for arguments, appeared inclined to accept that school officials in a Northern California district had reason to be concerned about racial tensions when several boys showed up in U.S. flag shirts on a day set aside to celebrate Mexican heritage.
September 6, 2013 | By the Times Editorial Board
Before the advent of the Internet, it made sense for schools to discipline students only for what they said and did when they were on school property. But it's now possible for a student to disrupt the learning environment by pecking out threats on his home computer or on the telephone he carries on the school bus. Should administrators be able to hold students accountable for misbehavior on this virtual campus? We think so, and so does the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The court ruled last week that public schools may punish conduct that poses a risk of substantial disruption even if the conduct takes place off school property.
April 2, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Think of the NRA's newly proposed National School Shield initiative as a kiddie version of the National Missile Defense program. Star Wars for Schoolyards. A hail of bullets will protect everyone! After the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the NRA unleashed a pile of experts on the problem of school safety, hiring former Republican Rep. Asa Hutchison of Arkansas to lead the panel. In a Washington news  conference announcing the panel's findings and recommendations Tuesday, Hutchison said the NRA afforded its panel “full independence” and insisted on “no predetermined outcomes.” What a total shock then that the panel's No. 1 recommendation was to put an armed guard in every public school in America, the very thing that NRA President Wayne LaPierre urged in his news conference in December, one week after 20 primary school children and six educators were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary.
February 14, 2013 | By Susan Stone
BERLIN -- Bullying, school violence, and police torture drama -- or quirky coming-of-age picture? Emir Baigazin's “Harmony Lessons” is both. It's also the first Kazakh film to make it into the Berlinale's competition section, and marks the feature film debut of Baigazin, who wrote, directed and edited. Set in a rural village on the plains of Kazakhstan, the film explores some very wrong rites of passage. Stoic 13-year-old Aslan (Timur Aidarbekov) is the butt of a crude practical joke that sullies both his reputation and state of mind.
January 15, 2013 | By David Kopel
Everyone knows the terrible litany of gun violence: Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, Ft. Hood, Tucson, the Cinemark movie theater in Colorado, the Sikh temple in Wisconsin, Sandy Hook Elementary School. Here are some examples you may not have heard about: Pearl High School in Mississippi; Sullivan Central High School in Tennessee; Appalachian School of Law in Virginia; a middle school dance in Edinboro, Pa.; Players Bar and Grill in Nevada; a Shoney's restaurant in Alabama; Trolley Square Mall in Salt Lake City; New Life Church in Colorado; Clackamas Mall in Oregon (three days before Sandy Hook)
December 18, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
On Friday, in his moving and heartfelt statement in response to the horrific shootings in Newtown, Conn., President Obama said, "As a country, we have been through this too many times…. And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics. " He's right about so much here, but so wrong about one thing. In a democracy, politics is a synonym for "democracy. " It is through politics that people with strong feelings and interests peaceably hash out their disagreements.
December 18, 2012 | By Howard Blume and Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
Parents and educators confronted a jittery Monday across Southern California and the nation on the first day of classes after last week's massacre of 20 first-graders and six others at a Connecticut elementary school. There were threats, nearly all of them hoaxes, a heightened police presence and a surge of separation anxiety as thousands of schools forged into the last week before winter break, a time normally marked by holiday pageants and occasionally dicey winter weather. A calm beginning at Cambridge Elementary in San Antonio turned frightful with a call from a man who said he was en route to the school to shoot students.
December 14, 2012 | By Thomas Curwen
It may not be possible to understand a tragedy like the shooting Friday in Newton, Conn., but parents can help their children cope with the fear and insecurity. A number of resources are available. Talking with Children about School Violence: Advice from the Lucy Daniels Center in North Carolina and tailored for children 11 years old or younger. Talking to Kids about School Safety : Mental Health America also offers suggestions, along with a list of signs that indicate a child may need help.
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