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UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019, 9:52 p.m.

Custodian describes chaotic shooting scene inside Freeman High School

Freeman High School custodian Joe Bowen launched Sept. 13, 2017, like most days. He unlocked all the doors to the school before marching up to fix two toilets in the …


David Lincicum: ‘Daddy, am I on the list of children to be shot?’

That our common history is unfolding according to The List of Children to be Shot is no cause for surprise; it is the awful, predictable consequence of our inaction, and …


UPDATED: Fri., May 10, 2019, 7:29 a.m.

Spokane students taught to confront shooters when other options have run out

As more and more children lose their lives interceding, the question becomes what are Spokane students being trained to do?


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 9:47 p.m.

20 years after Columbine, some polls show parents’ growing fears of dangers at school

Twenty years after the deadly attack at Columbine High School, polls consistently capture growing fears among American parents that their children face imminent danger whenever they go to school.


Petula Dvorak: It’s time for adults to say: enough

Six years after Sandy Hook, American schools experienced a record-breaking year for carnage, with 94 people shot, 33 of them fatally.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 3:42 p.m.

‘Last Lockdown’ statue unveiled in Spokane, one of 10 in cities around the country

A statue of a terrified, wide-eyed schoolgirl crouched beneathe a desk – an image meant as a stark reminder of ongoing school gun violence – was unveiled at the Shadle/Spokane …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 10:19 a.m.

A year later and still strong: Community comes together on anniversary of Freeman High shooting

One year after tragedy struck Freeman High, the school and the community are still Freeman Strong, even through the tears. Many were shed Thursday night as more than 200 people …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 3:54 p.m.

Betsy DeVos considers allowing schools to use federal funds to buy guns

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering allowing states to use federal grant money to buy guns for schools, people familiar with the matter said.


UPDATED: Wed., July 18, 2018, 8:09 p.m.

Virginia school district votes to arm teachers – a first for the state

A small school district in far southwestern Virginia is set to become the first in the commonwealth to arm teachers in classrooms – a decision that is prompting criticism from …


Frustrated AMA adopts sweeping policies to cut gun violence

With frustration mounting over lawmakers’ inaction on gun control, the American Medical Association on Tuesday pressed for a ban on assault weapons and came out against arming teachers as a …


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 10:49 p.m.

Shooting threats prompt schools to weigh risks, notifications and lockdowns

Spokane Public Schools officials take every social media shooting threat seriously. But serious enough to close school or order a lockdown? That’s a tougher call.


Generation Z: The School Shooting Generation

Thirteen: the number of years that I have attended public school in the United States. One hundred and fifty-four: the number of school shootings in K-12 schools to occur during …


UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 6:32 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Lack of action on safe storage for guns another sign lawmakers won’t deal with school shootings

A modest proposal: If you own a deadly thing – a thing that, when it does what it is meant to do, can kill people – then you should be …


The Parkland students outpaced them. So the pro-Trump media was prepared for the Santa Fe school shooting.

The NRA’s Twitter account used to go silent for days after a mass shooting. Not so much in 2018. A day after 10 people died in Santa Fe, Texas, @NRA …


UPDATED: Sat., April 21, 2018, 2:52 p.m.

Hundreds of Spokane students join nationwide protests against gun violence

Hundreds of Spokane students walked out of classes Friday to protest two decades of school gun violence that has left at least 130 dead and 255 injured across the country.


Robert B. Smith: Rationality should guide firearms measures

We “need to do something” about school shootings! We need “gun control”! What to do? I am a 30-plus-years civilian/law enforcement trainer who also does expert witness testimony in use …


UPDATED: Sun., March 11, 2018, 9:45 p.m.

Trump backs off call for raising minimum age to buy gun

The White House on Sunday pledged to help states pay for firearms training for teachers and reiterated its call to improve the background check system as part of a new …


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018, 8:28 p.m.

School-safety bill passes House, as N. Idaho lawmakers split

Legislation to beef up Idaho’s laws on violent threats against schools and add possible felony charges passed the House on Friday on a 54-12 vote after much debate.


Aaron Stark: If I could’ve gotten a gun, I would have been a school shooter

At the lowest point in my life, I almost did the most horrible thing imaginable. I grew up in a very chaotic and violent household. My mother tried to take …


UPDATED: Sun., March 4, 2018, 9:23 p.m.

After Parkland, even idle school threats get tough response

Fifteen students in one Florida school district are facing felony charges and prison time for making alleged threats since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre. Meanwhile, an autistic Minnesota …


Amy Goodman: Student massacre survivors teach the country a lesson

The National Rifle Association could have predicted yet another school shooting. But what it couldn’t predict was the immediate and unrelenting response of the student survivors.


Sabrina Sladich: Protect us as we study

In the past five years there have been 12 school shootings where students and staff were targeted. Not related to gang violence. All with casualties. Fifty-seven students and staff killed. …


Dan Donaldson: ‘Gun free’ means ‘target rich’

I am a retired schoolteacher with about 40 years’ experience working in the middle school through postgraduate levels of the language arts, and a former police reserve officer with about …


Jamie Tobias Neely: We didn’t become teachers to kill our students

College teaching often begins like this: Turn on the podium PC, a video projector and a wireless mic. Lower a projection screen. Figure out the light touch panel, the DVR …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 8:15 a.m.

Dallas official wants NRA to hold convention elsewhere

A top elected official in Dallas says the “madness” of school shootings must stop and is asking the NRA to hold its annual convention elsewhere.


Another school shooting: Are we numb to it?

The shooting of more than a dozen students at a Kentucky high school might have been expected to shock the nation, but Americans seem numbed by the apparent frequency of …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 8:56 p.m.

Washington requires students, staff to train monthly for emergencies

The day before a Freeman High School shooting that killed one student and injured three others, the rural school district conducted a routine lockdown drill. The drills are required monthly …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 8:24 p.m.

A look at shootings at Washington schools

More than a dozen shootings have taken place on school grounds in Washington in the past 23 years. The most deadly was the 2014 shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School, …


NPR Story Corps features student, police officer involved in 2003 LCHS shooting

National Public Radio’s Story Corps project is featuring the student involved in a 2003 Lewis and Clark High School shooting and the officer who tried to negotiate with him.


Sandy Hook massacre leaves mental health legacy

NEWTOWN, Conn. – Anxiety, depression, guilt, sleeplessness, marital strife, drug and alcohol abuse – two years after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the scope of the psychological damage …