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UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018, 10:44 p.m.

Students to lawmakers: Act on gun violence or we will boot you out

Students and adults gather on the steps at the state Capitol after school walkouts to protest gun violence.


UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018, 10:51 p.m.

Students across Spokane area participate in nationwide school walkout

From Mead in the north to Lewis and Clark in the south and across the state line to Coeur d’Alene High School in the east, students across the region walked …


UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018, 10:28 a.m.

In their own voice: Students offer thoughts about school walkouts

The Spokesman-Review asked local high school students to share, in their own words, why they plan to walk out of class Wednesday morning to demand stricter gun policies. Their reasons …


UPDATED: Tue., March 13, 2018, 7:29 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: ‘We’re really tired of sitting around waiting for the adults’

Like everyone else in their generation, today’s students grew up in the shadow of the mass shootings. Wednesday, teens across Spokane are protesting that it’s time for change.


The spirit of 17: Sacajawea Middle School students and staff build a plan to honor Florida shooting victims

Sacajawea Middle School has found a way to honor Florida school shooting victims while averting disciplinary measures of a walkout.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 1 p.m.

Walkouts honoring slain students prompt differing responses in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene

Inspired by the powerful messages from the students who survived the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a Spokane eighth grader started handing out permission slips to about 200 fellow students …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 10:16 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee calls for restrictions on military style semi-automatic rifles

The Legislature should make it harder to buy a military style, semi-automatic rifle, and require the buyer to be at least 21, Gov. Jay Inslee said.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 9:18 p.m.

Students ignite gun control debate at Cheney High School

Dozens of Cheney High School students left their classrooms when the clock struck noon Wednesday and staged an hourlong demonstration in subfreezing temperatures, joining a wave of young people across …


Spokane-area schools prepare for student walkouts demanding stricter gun control

Some of her classmates say it’s no use, that nothing can – or will – be done to prevent another mass shooting. But Christina Morrison, a junior at Freeman High …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 10:28 p.m.

Stevens County GOP, amid criticism from Democrats, pulls gun auction from event featuring Cathy McMorris Rodgers

The Stevens County Republican Party halted plans to raffle a semiautomatic rifle at an event where Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was scheduled to speak next month after outcry from her …


Gun legislation passes key House panel

A ban on bump stocks could get a House vote in next


Washington bill would require concealed weapon carriers to seek permission to bring guns into others’ homes

A person with a concealed pistol license would have to ask permission to bring a gun into another person’s residence under a bill being considered by a Senate committee.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

Senate votes to ban bump stock devices

The Senate voted to ban “bump stock” devices that can allow a semi-automatic weapon to fire almost as rapidly as an automatic weapon.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 6:54 a.m.

Bump stock ban passes committee

Senate committee passes ban on bump stock devices on a party-line vote.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 15, 2018, 11:24 p.m.

Washington Senate panel could vote Tuesday on ‘bump stock’ ban

Supporters, opponents of major gun legislation pack Senate hearing.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 10:50 p.m.

Both sides gearing up for fight over gun control bills in Washington Legislature

Fight over gun control legislation heating up with a protest Friday and major hearing set for Monday.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 9:24 a.m.

2018 Washington Legislature faces heavy lifting on money for schools, construction projects, water rights law

The 2018 Legislature faces some familiar issues, including a final fix for public schools, a construction budget left over from last year and a possible tax on carbon pollution.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 27, 2017, 9:09 p.m.

House panel to weigh bill expanding gun rights

House Republicans moved forward on legislation to expand gun owners’ rights, the first gun-related measure since mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas killed more than 80 people.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 6:36 p.m.

Washington should ban devices that make semi-automatic rifles fire faster, Inslee says

Gov. Jay Inslee calls for state restrictions on devices that make semi-automatic weapons into automatic weapons.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 10:20 p.m.

Accused Freeman school shooter told detectives that everything went ‘exactly as intended’

The day before Freeman High School endured a shooting tragedy, the accused shooter flipped a coin into the air. Heads meant shoot students.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, 10:29 p.m.

Prayers, tears and remembrance as community remembers ‘hero’ Sam Strahan

Crowds packed the University High School gymnasium in a remembrance for Sam Strahan, whom many called a hero for his attempt to intervene in the school shooting at Freeman High …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, 4:46 p.m.

Freeman High flag makes cameo on ESPN College Gameday alongside Washington State’s Ol’ Crimson

The Washington State flag has appeared on every College GameDay show since Oct. 4, 2013. The Freeman High flag made its debut Saturday morning.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 9:50 p.m.

Freeman shooting highlights difficulty of keeping schools secure

The events at Freeman High School last week represent the fundamental challenge of school security: balancing the public nature of schools with safety and security.


Area schools respond, adapt to Freeman tragedy

Across the Spokane-region students met with school staff to start and try to process last week’s school shooting.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 8:11 p.m.

Accused Freeman High School shooter pleads not guilty

The attorney for accused Freeman High School shooter Caleb Sharpe entered a written not guilty plea into the record on Thursday, according to new court documents.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 11:01 p.m.

Accused Freeman school shooter Caleb Sharpe drew an “X” over some student pictures in yearbook

When Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives searched Caleb Sharpe’s home, they found he had marked out the faces of fellow classmates in the Freeman High School yearbook. “X = kill,” Detective …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 11:01 p.m.

Two girls injured in Freeman school shooting surprise classmates with visit

The two girls injured in the Freeman school shooting surprised their classmates with a visit, Monday.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 9:25 a.m.

Support measures in place as Freeman students return to school

Freeman High School students will return to school Monday for the first time since violence erupted there last week.


Shawn Vestal: No easy answers after Freeman school shooting

Whatever your pet theory regarding school shootings, the events at Freeman High could satisfy it. Do you blame easy, continual access to guns? Check. Do you blame mental illness and …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 2:54 p.m.

Washington State pays tribute to Freeman High during Pac-12 opener versus Oregon State

The Washington State Cougars will pay tribute to Freeman High School by wearing bone stickers on their helmets during today’s Pac-12 Conference opener against Oregon State.