(NEWS10) – Police in Vermont are crediting a New York State teen and a high school resource officer for thwarting a possible school shooting. The alleged threat first came to light 160 miles away from the school in Vermont. It was here in Dutchess County, New York where a concerned high school student showed a disturbing text message to her school’s resource officer. The student told the officer she had messages on her phone from an acquaintance plotting a mass shooting at a school in Vermont. This was just days after the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida and after news that law enforcement failed to act on tips about the accused shooter. Back in Dutchess County the school resource officer took action and contacted law enforcement in Vermont regarding an 18-year-old named Jack S
(NEWS10) – Scott Pappalardo of Scotchtown, N.Y. owned an AR-15 rifle for over 30 years. In the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting he posted this video over the weekend. He destroyed his gun, cutting it into three pieces, with the post “a drop in a very large bucket #oneless.” Click on the image below to see the video. Video Courtesy: ABC News Facebook page.
Fourteen-year-old Alaina Petty – one of at least 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day morning – was laid to rest on Monday, five days after the massacre. Over 1,500 mourners, including Gov. Rick Scott, attended the funeral at Alaina’s church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Coral Springs, Florida, to say their final farewell to the freshman student, according to the Associated Press. Remembered as “patient and loving,” members of the Petty family spoke to the crowd about the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps member whose coffin was draped with the American flag. “It’s impossible to sum up all that Alaina is and all that she means to her family and friends,” grieving father Ryan Petty said, according to the Sun-Sentinel. “You co
Seventeen people killed in a school shooting was good news for the Donald Trump White House after a week of bad headlines, leaking, and infighting over how former staff secretary Rob Porter was allowed to keep his job despite a history of domestic violence preventing him from getting a permanent security clearance. “For everyone, it was a distraction or a reprieve,” said one White House official, speaking anonymously to reflect internal conversations. “A lot of people here felt like it was a reprieve from seven or eight days of just getting pummeled.” But even before the shooting, the White House was looking for ways to “move on” from the Porter scandal … and, in the grand tradition of the Trump administration, doing a half-assed version of it focused more on the headlines than on real
Watch Video PARKLAND, Fla. – A teacher killed while saving students in last week’s Florida massacre gave his fiancee instructions on what to say at his funeral should he ever die in a school shooting. Gwen Gossler said the conversation with her fiance, Scott Beigel, happened while they were watching coverage of a previous school shooting on television, The New York Post reports. “Promise me if this ever happens to me, you will tell them the truth – tell them what a jerk I am. Don’t talk about the hero stuff,” he told her that day. So at Beigel’s funeral Sunday, that’s exactly what she told their friends and family. “Ok, Scott. I did what you asked,” she then said. “Now I can tell the truth. You are an amazingly special perso...
Campaign Action Student survivors of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School spent the weekend speaking out powerfully about what needs to change—about the change they plan on creating. They sent a message to the National Rifle Association and to the politicians in its pocket, promising ongoing shame for lawmakers who continue to stand in the way of stronger gun laws. The students are taking that national on March 24: "We're marching because it's not just schools. It's movie theaters, it's concerts, it's nightclubs," [Alex] Wind told NBC's "Meet the Press." "This kind of stuff can't just happen. You know, we are marching for our lives, we're marching for the 17 lives we lost. And we're marching for our children's lives and our children's children and their children." The
PARKLAND, FL (AP/WCMH) — The 19-year-old suspect in the Florida school shooting that killed 17 people didn’t know how to use a microwave, didn’t pick up after himself and didn’t know how to do his own laundry. Kimberly and James Snead took him in following his mother’s death, and spoke to the Sun Sentinel . The paper published a story Sunday about the family, who said that what Nikolas Cruz did baffles them. “We had this monster living under our roof and we didn’t know,” Kimberly Snead told the newspaper. The Sneads’ son had asked if Cruz could move in with them after Cruz’s mother died last November. They made Cruz buy a locking gun safe to put in his room the day he moved in. Cruz had a handful of guns, including the AR-15 and two other rifles that James Snead said would be considered a
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Three people were robbed and one of them shot after confrontations with someone posing as a cell phone seller using the LetGo app. According to our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Normandy police are investigating two of the incidents. The department tweeted out a warning urging residents to avoid buying electronics from strangers using the app. LetGo is an app where people can buy and sell used items locally. But in three different encounters, the situations appear to have turned dangerous. Normandy police say two of the robberies happened in a residential area on Bermuda Drive and the third happened in nearby Ferguson. Investigators say around 5 p.m. Sunday, a victim came to the Normandy Police Department saying they had been robbed on Bermuda after responding
ST. LOUIS - “Have we gotten so low that we’re shooting our own children?” Reverend Earl Nance, Jr. said. That’s the question the reverend wants answered after a 9-year-old is shot in North City. “It’s alarming because it used to be we protected our young people from situations like that,” he said. “The last thing we want to do is see a child hurt like that but it’s happening too many times!” The reverend points to this latest shooting on North Grand and Montgomery Street as another clear reminder that there needs to be action. St. Louis Police say the 9-year-old child was shot in the buttocks shortly before 3 o’clock in the afternoon on Sunday. We’re told when police arrived they found the child conscious and breathing. Witnesses on scene say they were stunned. “Anybody else could’ve got
Student survivors of the massacre slammed Trump for connecting it to the Russia probe, which has shadowed his year-old presidency. "Oh my god. 17 OF MY CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS ARE GONE AND YOU HAVE THE AUDACITY TO MAKE THIS ABOUT RUSSIA???!!" Morgan Williams, 16, tweeted. "HAVE A DAMN HEART." The post Trump says FBI missed signs on Florida shooting due to Russia probe, draws criticism appeared first on Politicus USA.