CHARLESTON, S.C.— A 14-year-old boy is believed to have shot and killed his father before going to a nearby elementary school in South Carolina and wounding two children and a teacher on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
A teacher called 911 to report a gunman and police arrived within 7 minutes at Townville Elementary School in Anderson County, located near the Georgia state line about 100 miles (160 km) northeast of Atlanta.
One of the 6-year-old children shot was in critical condition and in surgery at Greenville Memorial Hospital, Scott Stoller, Anderson County's director of emergency services, told the Anderson Independent Mail. more >>
The FBI announced new crime rates Monday, with troubling spikes in homicides across several major U.S. cities including Chicago, Houston and Washington, D.C. While the numbers fall short of showing a national trend, sensationalized headlines and calls for tougher law enforcement are sure to follow in communities nationwide.
Many will focus on this snapshot, but it is important for Christians who care about justice not to lose sight of the long game: We must build a values-based criminal justice system that reflects each individual's God-given worth, while keeping our communities safe.
Reports of increased crime, wherever they occur, make us feel more vulnerable. News of violence seems to surround us via an unrelenting stream of newsfeeds and videos, and it frightens us all. But when crime and violence affect our communities, it is an opportunity to be guided by our values — not our fears — and create a restorative criminal justice system that honors the image of God in each person. more >>
Islamic radicals from the Boko Haram terror group in Nigeria have attacked and burned the villages of Kuburumbula and Boftari in the Chibok area, killing at least two Christians.
The terrorists burned down homes and vandalized shops and a local market in the same area where 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in 2014. The government is denying that anyone was killed.
"For the second week in a row, we are mourning the loss of Christians in Nigeria who were murdered by Boko Haram militants. This string of attacks has us deeply concerned for the safety of our Christian brothers and sisters in the Chibok area of Nigeria's northeast," International Christian Concern's Regional Manager, William Stark, said in a statement. more >>
A new report released last week by the British-based human rights advocacy organization Christian Solidarity Worldwide has revealed more horrific details on how the authoritarian North Korean regime tortures, mutilates and kills Christians.
While it is no secret that that the regime of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has thrown tens of thousands of Christians in political prison camps, where they have been subjected to hard labor, torture and have even been killed, details are often left out on just how North Korea victimizes its own citizens for going against the will of the regime.
In a 15-page report titled Total Denial: Violations of Freedom of Religion or Belief in North Korea, CSW reports that although North Korea is a member of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, freedom of religion is one right that is "largely non-existent" in the country. more >>
Four siblings murdered by their ex-convict father and stepfather who forced their mother to watch them die at their Michigan home on Sunday will be remembered at a funeral hosted by the Detroit First Church of the Nazarene in Northville where their family once worshiped.
The Detroit Free Press reported that Gregory Green, a 49-year-old who served 16 years in prison for fatally stabbing his pregnant first wife in Detroit 25 years ago, called 911 to report the killings of his own two children, Koi, 5, and Kaleigh, 4, and his stepchildren, Chadney Allen, 19, and Kara Allen, 17, at about 1:15 a.m. last Wednesday.
When police arrived and went into their home in Dearborn Heights they discovered Green's 39-year-old wife, Faith, in the basement bound with duct tape and zip ties, according to Press & Guide. Green allegedly cut her face with a box cutter and shot her foot before shooting the two older children in front of her. He also allegedly killed his biological children by asphyxiating them using exhaust from a car parked in the driveway of the family's home. more >>
Controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reportedly brought God into a debate on the death penalty on Monday, and asked why He doesn't intervene and stop babies from being raped and killed.
"The bleeding hearts, the priests and all, said there was death penalty before, and nothing happened. Then I can simply say, death penalty didn't work because it wasn't imposed. Every president along the way would just say, one because of the Catholic Church; second the bleeding hearts, because only God can kill. The problem there, I ask you, what if there is no God? So we allow the criminals? " Duterte said in a speech in Malacañang, according to The Manila Times.
"So where is now God when a one year old baby, 18-months-old baby is taken from the mother's arms brought under a jeep and raped and killed. So where is God?" he added. more >>