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It was one of the worst-case scenarios for a school shooting: a yard full of children playing with a rampaging gunman just minutes away. At Rancho Tehama Elementary School, children who were outside were quickly hustled Tuesday morning into locked rooms as Kevin Janson Neal drew closer. One student was shot, but nobody died. And that, authorities say, is stunning. view article arw

Staff at a Northern California school are being credited for their quick response to the sound of gunfire, which helped avoid a "horrific bloodbath" when a Tehama County man went on a shooting rampage on Tuesday, sheriff's officials said. The day began normally, with parents driving and walking with their children to Rancho Tehama Elementary School, which is one of five schools in the Corning Elementary School District.  However, the sound of a gunshot pierced the air around 7:50 a.m., gaining the attention of a secretary and other school personnel. Two more shots quickly followed, Superintendent Richard Fitzpatrick said. view article arw

 When it comes to safety, the Lubbock Independent School District wants parents to know that officials take multiple security measures to protect kids. "When I'm making my classroom walks every morning and afternoon, I'm not only checking on the classrooms. I'm also checking those exterior doors. When we take the kids outside for recess, we want to make sure that that faculty know that that door closes behind me. I cannot take a day off when it comes to safety and security for these kids," said Kevin Booe, principal of Miller Elementary School. view article arw

“It was a big scare finding that out because the diabetes diagnosis came after she survived a heart attack,” the 18-year-old student said. “She essentially had to change her lifestyle and give up drinking Coke and do daily walks to combat it.” Valadez recounted this story Tuesday during a free glucose – or blood sugar – screening held at the Sharyland High School library as part of World Diabetes Day. Valadez and nine other members of the student organization, Health Occupations Students of America Future Health Professionals, (HOSA-Future Health Professionals) administered the tests. Students over the age of 18 and Sharyland faculty members were invited to have their blood sugar tested and learn more about diabetes. view article arw

Parents of students enrolled at two South Texas ISD campuses received an unexpected letter Thursday, notifying them that their children’s Friday morning routine will be adjusted in response to a possible threat. One letter, which was signed by Principal Barbara Heater of the South Texas High School for Health Professions (Med High), cited “an alleged threat made against students” at neighboring Science Academy of South Texas (Sci Tech). That threat prompted school officials at both campuses to take precautions. view article arw

A school secretary at a tiny elementary school rushed out to shoo children inside. A custodian swooped in, yelling "get into the classrooms," at kids in the play yard. Inside Rancho Tehama Elementary School, children and some parents huddled under desks as bullets riddled the tan and teal portable classrooms. "I didn't know what was happening and this boy was like, 'Get down, get down!' He did not want some people to get hurt," 6-year-old Aileen Favela recalled Wednesday. view article arw

Authorities in Northern California say a fifth person was killed by a man who went on a shooting rampage Tuesday. Police have discovered the dead body of the gunman's wife hidden beneath the floor at their rural home 120 miles north of Sacramento. The gunman has been identified as 43-year old Kevin Janson Neal. Police believe he started with his wife, and then killed four people and wounded at least 10 others at different locations as he randomly shot at homes and drivers in and around the quiet rural community of Rancho Tehama. Neal was killed by police about 25 minutes after his rampage began just before 8 a.m. local time. view article arw

Just before he went on a shooting rampage that left four bodies strewn throughout this small rural community, Kevin Janson Neal gunned down his wife and stuffed her body under their house through a hole he cut in the floorboards, investigators said Wednesday. Neal apparently killed his wife Monday night, said Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston. Neighbors told investigators they believed the couple had a fight earlier that day, he added. The next morning, just before 8 a.m., Neal started roaming the community firing homemade guns at seemingly anyone — some apparently targeted, others randomly encountered. view article arw

One school in Odessa was placed under 'shelter in place' on Wednesday afternoon. We're told Bowie Middle School went under 'shelter in place' due to a pursuit involving the Texas Department of Public Safety and Odessa police. view article arw

Students from Cy-Fair Independent School District's Keith Elementary School gathered Tuesday with teachers, senior leaders from Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital, and community guests to promote better health and learning at school. Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital, is in partnership with GoNoodle, an organization that helps teachers make learning active by getting kids running, jumping, dancing and stretching, and practicing moments of mindfulness right next to their desks. Memorial Hermann Health System underwrites the expense of the program, which is $165,000 annually. view article arw

More than two dozen students and staff reported feeling ill after a Bunsen burner was left on in a science lab Wednesday afternoon at the Cedar Hill Collegiate High School & Academy. Emergency crews were called to the school, located in the 1500 block of High Pointe Lane, after reports of a "noxious odor" in the air at about 1 p.m. view article arw

The area including and surrounding Zundy Elementary is one step closer to more access to affordable healthcare options. It's all part of a new partnership between Wichita Falls ISD and the Community Healthcare Center.  The item was discussed at Tuesday's special session of the WFISD Board of Trustees meeting and officials with the center say they've received so much support for the possibility of a school-based clinic. If ultimately approved, they say it's conveniently placed for a community that could really see the benefits. view article arw

MIAMI  (CNN) — School fire drills became popular decades ago after several deadly fires triggered changes in safety codes. Today, teachers and children are preparing for something entirely different: mass shootings.  A gunman tried to break into a remote Northern California elementary school on Tuesday but officials say, the quick action of school officials “saved countless lives and children.”  The building went on lockdown, a teacher rushed to block a classroom’s door with a computer and students ducked under their desks. Those responses have become the new normal as more schools are being forced to adapt to more elaborate safety measures. view article arw

Two former Killeen ISD teachers were arrested in a prostitution sting in Bell County on Nov. 8, the Bell County Sheriff's Office confirmed Tuesday. Terrance Hockless, a former music teacher, and Aaron Daub, a former career builder teacher, were both charged with prostitution -- along with eight other individuals who were also arrested in the bust, according to BCSO Major T.J. Cruz. view article arw

That a body armor company would even consider marketing bulletproof panels for student backpacks is a sad commentary on the non-academic problems facing our nation’s schools. A recent Washington Post article recently focused on Florida Christian School in Miami, which is offering an order form on its website for the purchase of bullet-resistant panels designed to go into students’ backpacks. The panels, with a price tag of $120 each, are being marketed by Applied Fiber Concepts, a company owned by the dad with two children in the nondenominational private school. view article arw

"I can't believe that I sent my son to school in perfect condition and he came back home basically beat up." A mother in Aldine ISD says her son was beaten up, but not by the hands of another student. Instead, she says a P.E. teacher left her son with a swollen face, bruised and scratched after an encounter in gym class. Ashley Degrate says the principal of the Aldine Education Center called her last Thursday to warn her about the incident, but says she wasn't given the full story. view article arw

Sleep Apnea in Children

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Tina Barrera says her son, Gabriel, would snore as a toddler. "I thought they were gurgles. I thought they were baby noises," Tina recalled. Tina took her two-year-old son to a doctor's appointment when one sound caught the doctor's attention. "He was asleep and he started gasping when he slept. (The doctor) said hold on we're going to call in (another) doctor right now. And I didn't know what was happening," Tina said.  view article arw

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for those between the ages of ten and 24 and more than 4,000 lives are lost each year. For that reason, a group of Wichita Falls ISD students are taking a stand. Business students in the Career Education Center hosted a Teen Suicide Awareness campaign Thursday evening. All in hopes to decrease those numbers and remind students that help is out there. The campaign started as a small project at the Career Education Center. Gwyneth McHugh, a business student, pitched the idea back in Augu view article arw

Calhoun County school district is investigating a rumored threat that was made against several students at Travis Middle School on social media this week. Officials have found no weapons on the campus nor any hit list and no students were in danger, according to a statement posted on the district's website Friday. Additional false rumors cited threats of a possible shooting or violent act and that a shank was found. view article arw

The following is a new release provided by Frenship Independent School District: Frenship ISD’s FHS Ninth Grade Center will welcome Rachel’s Challenge — an organization that helps to create a school climate less susceptible to harassment, bullying and violence — Monday (Nov. 13) to provide a sustainable, evidence-based framework for promoting a positive climate and culture in school. view article arw

Fans attending Friday night's football game between Floresville and Southside are being asked to wear white to honor the Sutherland Springs church shooting victims. According to the Floresville Independent School District Facebook page, superintendents from both districts want fans to spread the message of hope. The game will decide the District 29-5A championship, but district officials want the competition to be met with "unity, solidarity, grief and love." view article arw

Concerned parents of River Road High School students are speaking out after they said a Facebook post went viral when a student threatened to bring a gun to school and shoot students on Friday.  In regard to the claims, River Road ISD Superintendent Richard Kelley released this statement:  view article arw

The Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities and the Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas join Governor Greg Abbott in recognizing Epilepsy Awareness Month. The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. read more arw

Forum scheduled to address bullying

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After recent concern about bullying at Taylor ISD, the district has scheduled a Bullying Information Forum for Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. in the Taylor Middle School cafeteria. The event is open to the community.  "It's a way to inform the parents on how to deal with this issue," said Taylor Superintendent Keith Brown. "And, it informs them how the school deals with." view article arw

 After several concerned parents contacted CBS 19 about a student threatening to bring a firearm to school and shoot at students, Tyler ISD has responded, calling the threat a "verbal false alarm". view article arw

From Kountze ISD - "Kountze ISD lost a 6th grade student due to a horrific accident the evening hours of 8 Nov 2017. Trintin Glenn was a student at Kountze Intermediate School. He was very well liked and enjoyed by his teachers and fellow students. Trintin attended Kountze Schools since kindergarten. He actively participated in the youth football league, little dribblers, little league baseball, and academic math with the University Interscholastic League. His vibrant personality made him a joy to be around. He was an avid skateboard and bicycle enthusiast. Additionally, he attended Cornerstone Baptist Church where his infectious smile was greeted at the door. view article arw

Back in 2014, Daniel Barker was working as an art teacher and football coach at Leonard Junior High. That's when authorities say he began messaging one of his students, a 13-year-old girl. "It started with social media and texting and then the messages back and forth got hot and heavy," said Fannin County District Attorney Richard Glaser. view article arw

Three teens have been charged with aggravated sexual assault after they were accused of raping a mentally disabled classmate in a restroom at their school. Charged in the October assault are 19-year-old Sylvanus Lanier and Marco Garcia and Elijah Willis, both of whom are 17.  view article arw

The news of Sunday's massacre at a church outside San Antonio brought Pittsburg ISD Superintendent Judy Pollan's thoughts back to a quiet Sunday in June 1980.  It was on that day 37 years ago that a gunman walked into her Daingerfield church and opened fire, killing five people and injuring 11 more.  She said she knows more people could have died if not for the heroic actions of Chris Hall, James "Red" McDaniel and Councilman Kenneth Truitt, who grappled with the gunman and forced him outside and away from the hundreds of congregants inside the First Baptist Church. view article arw

By the time Paul Brunner rolled up in his ambulance to the worst mass shooting in Texas history, the First Baptist Church was a chaotic triage scene. Parents cried and kids screamed, and nearly all the victims appeared to have been hit more than once. Two of the first four patients the burly volunteer medic loaded into ambulances were children. view article arw

District records show the Texas church gunman was increasingly a disciplinary problem during high school. In fall 2006, Devin Patrick Kelley's sophomore year, he was suspended then sent to an alternative school for two months after a drug-related incident. New Braunfels school district records didn't go into any detail about that or other run-ins he had. view article arw

A 14-year-old student who is accused of making threats on social media about shooting up his Garland ISD middle school has been arrested, Garland police said. The threat was reportedly made Sunday about Charlie R. Lyles Middle School, and school resource officer was alerted to it before classes started Monday morning, Lt. Pedro Barineau said. view article arw

Students in Aubrey ISD who experience bullying can now report incidents anonymously through a new online reporting system and phone application. The district has partnered with CrisisGo, an online emergency management system, to build a web-based bullying report that families can access at any time from their school's webpage. view article arw

At least 26 people walked into a Central Texas church Sunday morning and never returned home.  Sutherland Springs, the tiny San Antonio-area town home to around 650 residents, is now also home to the deadliest mass shooting at a place of worship in U.S. history — and the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history. Here's what you need to know:  The gunman killed a 5-year-old, a 72-year-old and at least 24 others between those ages at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. Around 20 others were taken to nearby hospitals with "minor" to "very severe" injuries.  view article arw

Here’s Why Vaccines Are So Crucial

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Go see the child, Samir Saha said. Just sit with her. Probably the siblings will be there too, the brother and sister whose lives are also altered permanently. ‘This is why the vaccine is so important,’ Saha said.  ‘We want to reduce this number to a minimum, if not zero. So no other children will be like this.’ It was a little after dawn in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, and Saha was in the back seat of his car, brooding. A uniformed driver threaded the Toyota through a cacophonous mess of jitneys, motorcycles, rickshaws, trucks, and battered buses with passengers hanging out the doors. “We could save the life, but we could not …” He left the sentence unfinished. “You’ll be seeing the scenario,” he said. “You’ll understand.” view article arw