After nine girls got pregnant this school year, Oregon's Gervais School District unanimously decided to start issuing condoms to students starting in the sixth grade, but parents are divided over the new policy.
District Superintendent Rick Hensel told the Statesman Journal that he had been weighing the decision for about a year now after a group of nursing interns from Oregon Health & Science University presented a study highlighting that 5 percent of the girls in grades six through 12 had become pregnant in the last school year.
"The decision was made to allow some specified teachers to have condoms that they could distribute after a discussion with the student," said Hensel, who pointed out that nine girls got pregnant in the school district this year. more >>
The student hailed as a hero after he tackled a man who opened fire at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, addressed the public for the first time since the incident, saying that God had allowed him to see the humanity in the shooter as he disarmed him.
"When I came face-to-face with the attacker, God gave me the eyes to see that he was not a faceless monster, but a very sad and troubled young man," Jon Meis said in a statement on Monday. "While I cannot at this time find it within me to forgive his crime, I truly desire that he will find the grace of God and the forgiveness of our community."
Meis, a 22-year-old engineering student at SPU who served as a volunteer building monitor in Otto Miller Hall, was sitting behind a desk in the building's lobby when the suspect entered carrying a shotgun and a knife around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Meis reportedly shot pepper spray at the suspected shooter Aaron Ybarra, 26, before tackling the gunman to the ground while he was reloading his shotgun. more >>
Eugene Cho, the Washington-based pastor of Quest Church, revealed Friday that the Seattle Pacific University student shot and killed last Thursday, Paul Lee, had attended his church.
"I remember meeting him once. I don't remember much about our chat," wrote Cho on his blog. "I just remembered his overly wide infectious smile. I don't really know much about him but his friends speak the world about him. They speak of his humor, smiles, energy, goofiness, and his faith in Christ."
A father hit a teacher with a baseball bat at their Nottingham, Maryland home Thursday after discovering that the 42-year-old educator had been texting his 15-year-old daughter, police said. No charges have currently been pressed by the teacher or the parents, according to reports.
The father who hit the teacher with a baseball bat had discovered the numerous "inappropriate" texts earlier that day and told police about it at 3 a.m. However, authorities couldn't find any evidence of inappropriate conduct between the male teacher and the female student, a police press release stated.
"There's nothing we've seen in the contents that's criminal," Baltimore County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost told News Net 5. more >>
A student from Seattle Pacific University is being hailed a hero after he tackled the suspected gunman behind yesterday's shooting spree that injured three and killed one at the northwestern Christian college.
Jon Meis, a 22-year-old engineering major at Seattle Pacific University, reportedly tackled suspected shooter Aaron Ybarra, 26, as he entered the campus's Otto Miller Hall carrying a shotgun and a knife at around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Meis, who served as a volunteer building monitor in Otto Hall, was sitting behind a desk in the building's lobby when the suspect entered. As Ybarra allegedly stopped to reload his gun, Meis sprayed the suspect with pepper spray and tackled Ybarra, pinning him to the floor. More students and faculty then rushed to Meis' aid and held the gunman until moments later, when police arrived. more >>
Seattle Pacific University faculty members and students prayed for the salvation of a shooter whose open fire in an academic building on Thursday left one student dead and two others wounded.
"We pray for the one who today perpetrated this mindless act of violence. Deal with his troubled soul, love him in spite of his hatred, and bring him not to justice but to repentance and spiritual wholeness," a staff member prayed as she led the student body in a call-and-response prayer at an on-campus service Friday afternoon.
During the service, school officials did not reveal the name of the 19-year-old student killed, though they identified the wounded: Sarah Williams, 19, and Thomas Fowler, 24. more >>