More information is being released about the Arapahoe High School shooting that happened last week in Colorado. While one victim, Claire Davis, remains comatose in a local hospital, another victim-survivor, Matt Bowers, is speaking out about his experience and the special message he wanted to share with his family should something have happened to him.
"Adrenaline was pumping through every vein in my body but I could not release it," Bowers wrote in a blog post about the shooting. "All I could do was sit there and pray."
Bowers and his classmates were finally released from the school and had to remain outside while authorities moved into the building to investigate the situation. Bowers noticed a flock of geese flying above and he wrote, "I couldn't help but think that each one of those hundreds of geese were family members and friends around the world looking down over us, praying for every single one of us." more >>
A Florida 5th grader was stripped of a ribbon he was given as an award for a speech he made about the history of people using religion to justify war, as school officials found the speech inappropriate.
"The concern was over the topic of mass murders," Patel Partnership School District Spokeswoman Tanya Arja told WFLA last week. "Because these are 4th and 5th graders."
The 5th grader was apparently given back the ribbon after his older brother arrived at the school to pick him up and then spoke with the assistant. Their mother, Rhonda Golob-Drake, later spent four hours on the phone discussing the situation with school and district officials. more >>
Four buildings at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., were evacuated Monday after the school received unconfirmed reports of explosives on campus.
The Ivy League school's Science Center, Thayer Hall, Sever Hall and Emerson Hall were evacuated of students and faculty on Monday as police did a sweep for possible explosives. Students were in the middle of taking their final exams and teachers were forced to postpone the tests in light of the bomb threat. The four buildings possibly containing bombs are all near Harvard Yard, the center of the university's campus.
Video footage from local media outlets shows students spilling out of Thayer Dormitory onto nearby streets and moving into Annenberg Hall, a dining hall, as police searched each building. WHDH, NBC's affiliate in Boston, reported that police had uncovered two suspicious packages during their sweep and cleared at least one of them. more >>
A high school student in Georgia is paying the ultimate price for what he said was an innocent hug with a teacher. Sam McNair, 17, allegedly violated his school's sexual harassment policy and will be prevented from graduating with his classmates and has already lost his scholarship to college.
Last week, a Duluth High School hearing officer decided that McNair violated the Gwinnett County Public Schools' rules on sexual harassment. Surveillance footage showed McNair entering a classroom, placing his arms around the back and front of the teacher and tuck his head behind her neck. She allegedly wrote McNair up for inappropriate behavior because his cheeks and lips touched the back of her neck and cheek.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper visited the 17-year-old girl shot by a classmate at Arapahoe High School on Friday. He praised the first responders and asked for prayers for Claire Davis, who is still hospitalized in critical condition.
"We all have to keep Claire in our thoughts and prayers," Hickenlooper told CBS' "Face the Nation." Her parents, he added, "are remarkable people. I feel so directly their suffering ... They raised this beautiful young woman who had her whole life ahead of her."
Claire was sitting in the Arapahoe library when she was shot in the head by Karl Pierson, who reportedly had a grudge against a teacher who had released him from the debate team. Pierson had allegedly made threats against the teacher before and wanted to cause serious damage when he came to the school with his gun. Pierson was able to shoot Claire in the head at point-blank range before killing himself. more >>
A Baruch College freshman died after suffering brain damage during a ritual pledging activity for the Pi Delta Psi fraternity. An investigation is underway and the District Attorney has vowed to bring charges against those affiliated with Chun Hsien "Michael" Deng's death.
Deng and approximately 30 members of the fraternity traveled to the Poconos for a retreat. They began playing a game known as "Glass Ceiling," in which a pledge is blindfolded and a heavy item is placed on his back. He must find his way to the person calling his name, and during his trek, other members of the fraternity attempt to tackle him.
Somehow during the game, Deng suffered a head injury and was brought to the house where the fraternity members were staying. No one called 911 immediately, even though he was unconscious and unresponsive at the time. According to police reports, his clothing was changed and all fraternity memorabilia was thrown away. more >>