LINDEN, Texas — Linden-Kildare Independent School District has canceled classes for Thursday and Friday due to excessive illnesses.  The district says they will use those days to sanitize their buildings.  Junior high and high school basketball games will still be played, however there will be no Little Dribblers practice. view article arw

Harris County DA Kim Ogg said the 16-year-old suspect finally led police to the gun believed to have been used to inadvertently kill a fellow JROTC cadet.  New details emerged Wednesday about the Bellaire High School shooting suspect during a community meeting in a neighborhood within sight of the school.  "It was a direct result of the young man’s cooperation,” said Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.  Ogg said the 16-year-old suspect finally led police to the gun believed to have been used to inadvertently kill fellow JROTC cadet Cesar Cortes last week. view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A third person, a juvenile girl, has been charged in the 2018 shooting death of a Lamar High School student.   On Nov. 13, 2018, Delindsey Dwayne Mack, 18, was shot multiple times as he walked on Bammel Lane during Lamar's first lunch period around 12:15 p.m. The 15-year-old girl Mack was with at the time was grazed by a bullet.  Police believe Mack was targeted. view article arw

TOMBALL, Texas (AP) — A Texas teacher who authorities say brought a handgun to school and made threatening comments about colleagues has been arrested.  Mark Davis, a history and geography teacher at Concordia Lutheran High School in Tomball, located northwest of Houston, was arrested Wednesday. Tomball police say he's charged with possessing a weapon in a prohibited place and threatening to exhibit or use a firearm at a school. view article arw

VAN, Texas (KETK) – Van ISD has a new, good girl named Maggie Mae joining its staff, the school district announced on Wednesday.  Van added a therapy dog who is certified through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. The school added her because “studies have proven that even a short amount of time with a dog can decrease levels of anxiety and increase emotional security.” view article arw

It’s becoming a familiar scene across Texas: a parent brings her child to the doctor for a checkup. She signs in at the front desk. Only then does she learn that her child has been kicked off her health insurance—a casualty of missing paperwork and hoops she didn’t know existed. Next comes the awful decision: Pay out of pocket or delay the appointment, skipping critical care like vaccinations against measles, which is seeing a resurgence in Texas and around the country. view article arw

A local nonprofit wants to start a school in Austin that serves young adults with neurological conditions like autism.  Easterseals of Central Texas is seeking to start the school within the Austin Independent School District. The school would help students older than 18 who have autism or other conditions learn important life and workplace skills. Students would attend the school after completing high school graduation requirements.  view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- More than a week after a deadly high school shooting, the Houston Independent School District interim superintendent addressed security in a new blog post, but wouldn't discuss when she faced reporters on Wednesday.  The day before, Superintendent Grenita Lathan wrote a blog post titled, "Focusing on safety and security of all HISD students." It was posted more than a week after a Bellaire High School student was shot and killed on campus. view article arw

Houston ISD officials are exploring the idea of installing metal detectors at the district’s middle and high schools in response to last week’s fatal on-campus shooting of a student, a step few districts in the region have taken following nationwide incidents of mass gun violence at schools. In a blog post, Houston ISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan wrote that she will be meeting with students and community leaders to determine whether the district should increase security measures following the Jan. 14 shooting of Cesar Cortes, 19, at Bellaire High School. Authorities have said they believe a 16-year-old classmate accidentally shot Cortes while showing off a semiautomatic pistol. view article arw

While the community is divided over the controversial alterations to the Wimberley Texan logo, students have created an open line of communication with administrators, such as counselors, principals and Superintendent Dwain York.  Students heavily influenced and expanded an anti-bullying resource document under the guidance of Amy Lyles, Wimberley ISD Director of Student Support Services.  For the past year, Wimberley High School students have been meeting with Lyles, who spends her time asking students how the district can improve and understand student safety.  Lyles said she collaborated with the Wimberley High School Spectrum Club, which is a student led initiative that strives to improve the district through student input. view article arw

A man who police say charged at officers in Denton as he held a frying pan and a cleaver and was shot to death by one of them was a solid student who had not previously been in trouble, his father wrote online.  “My heart is broken, but with time God will mend,” Kevin Tarver wrote Wednesday on Facebook. “Losing such a good kid to such a horrific ending I couldn’t imagine this would happen to me.” view article arw

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The mother of a shooting victim, critically injured while attending a Dallas ISD high school basketball game, plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the district.  “DISD failed to protect Marc Strickland and other students, and this lawsuit is an accountability mechanism,” attorney Justin Moore said Wednesday. view article arw

McLEOD, Texas (KSLA) — Workers at McLeod ISD spent Tuesday disinfecting the East Texas district's schools from whatever is sickening students and staffers.  “Our campus is the least impacted,” McLeod High principal Jennifer Lance said. “Most of the sickness has been in the elementary and middle school so far.”  School leaders suspended classes until Thursday after a large number of students were diagnosed with illnesses. view article arw

The mother of an 18-year-old man fatally shot at a Dallas ISD basketball game is expected to announce a lawsuit against the school district, her legal team says.  Marc Strickland died Saturday after he was shot Jan 9 during a high school basketball game at Ellis Davis Field House. A 15-year-old suspect faces a murder charge in connection with the shooting. view article arw

LUBBOCK, Texas – Brownfield ISD opened its doors again, after shutting down for two days to sanitize for a ‘flu epidemic.’  Less than 80 percent of the students and staff were in school on Thursday, sparking a mass cleanup for all Brownfield campuses.  “Even I wasn’t sick from the sickness, I tested positive for flu A and my wife who is a school nurse tested positive for flu B,” said Chris Smith, Superintendent for Brownfield ISD. view article arw

A large crowd got involved in a board meeting at the Sharyland Independent School District on Monday night after police say a hazing incident happened in Corpus Christi. More concern from frustrated school district taxpayers. Some parents and former students saying the words “incident” and “hazing” are not enough to describe what allegedly happened. view article arw

When teaching kids with a learning disability, you have to have patience and the ability to build confidence. A Richardson ISD elementary teacher is doing just that: helping her students embrace the challenges of living with dyslexia.  That’s why she’s January’s Excellent Educator.  “What is something you want other kids to know about your dyslexia,” said Kimberly Sanders in an educational video featuring her students. “Just because you have dyslexia, doesn’t mean you’re not smart,” said a Canyon Creek Elementary 4th grader. view article arw

MISSION — Public unrest over the handling of a hazing incident allegedly involving Pioneer High swimmers in November exploded into full-blown fury at a Sharyland school board meeting Monday evening, when close to a dozen people levied allegations of abuse and administrative cover-ups. view article arw

THROCKMORTON (KFDX/KJTL) — Throckmorton Collegiate ISD will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday according to an email received from the superintendent.  The campus is closed due to the amount of illness-related absences.  “We have numerous students out with sickness and we want our students well,” said Superintendent Dr. Michelle Cline. “Therefore, we will be calling no school tomorrow and Wednesday to let germs die down as we do a deep disinfect of classrooms.”  Classes will resume Thursday. view article arw

Houston ISD officials are exploring the addition of metal detectors at the district’s middle and high schools in response to last week’s fatal on-campus shooting of a student, Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said Tuesday. view article arw

An apparent bullying incident is under investigation at a Rio Grande Valley school. The Hidalgo Independent School District looking into the incident it says happened Thursday at Hidalgo Early College High School. The incident involved a special needs student and another student sitting in a history class. A third student stood up to the apparent bully. view article arw

An 18-year-old who was hospitalized after being shot at a high school basketball game in Dallas last week has died from his injuries, according to police.  An 18-year-old who was hospitalized after being shot at a high school basketball game in Dallas last week has died from his injuries, according to police. view article arw

MISSION — Public unrest over the handling of a hazing incident allegedly involving Pioneer High swimmers in November exploded into full-blown fury at a Sharyland school board meeting Monday evening, when close to a dozen people levied allegations of abuse and administrative cover-ups.  Monday’s meeting was filled with community members, students, district staff and parents, many of whom expressed concern over the incident in question and allegations of previous incidents that are similar in nature. view article arw

The alleged behavior happened late last year during an athletic event in Corpus Christi.  Officials are not confirming the nature of the allegations. Authorities say it’s because minors are involved.  The superintendent calls the “chatter” on social media “inaccurate” and “reckless”.  Corpus Christi police continue to investigate.The full statement can be read here.  view article arw

MART, TX — Mart ISD's recent school threat made Monday's training matter even more. That threat was not deemed credible but the district isn't taking chances with the lives of children.  "This is the worst case scenario for these employees," said Superintendent Betsy Burnett.  From teachers to custodians, every Mart ISD staff member is now trained if the bullets become real. view article arw

A cell phone policy change going into its second semester at Southeastern Jr./Sr. High School has been positive for the district, the superintendent said.  “Staff administration feel like it has been a positive change for the buildings and believe it’s limited student distractions while increasing student engagement,” Superintendent David Shea said.  Southeastern Local Schools changed the policy at the beginning of the school year to require that students keep their cell phones in their locker during schools hours. view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The gun believed to have been used in the deadly shooting of a Bellaire High School senior has been found, the city of Bellaire said in a release Monday.  No other information about where the weapon was found has been released. Police have said that information is confidential at this time.  The search for the .32 caliber semi-automatic pistol had been going on since last week, when investigators believed the suspect discarded it after leaving the high school campus.  Cesar Cortes, 19, was shot and killed last Tuesday. view article arw

FORT WORTH Police continued Monday to investigate a shooting in the parking lot of North Crowley Ninth Grade Campus in which an adult and a child were shot Sunday night.  Police received a call at 7 p.m. Sunday that shots were fired at 4630 McPherson Blvd., Officer Ivan Gomez said.  One adult and one child had non-life-threatening injuries, Gomez said at a press conference Sunday night. The child, whose age was not specified, was in surgery at a local hospital Sunday. Both victims were in stable condition Monday, police said. view article arw

BELLAIRE, Texas (AP) — Police have found the gun they believe a 16-year-old student used to fatally shoot his classmate last week inside a Houston-area high school, officials said. Police characterized the shooting in an ROTC room at Bellaire High School last Tuesday as an accident. Nineteen-year-old Cesar Cortes was killed and the teenage gunman, who fled after the shooting, was captured more than three hours later and charged as a minor with manslaughter.  The city of Bellaire announced Monday that authorities have recovered the weapon. Lt. Greg Bartlett declined to say when or where the gun was found. view article arw

McLEOD, Texas - The McLeod Independent School District has cancelled classes Tuesday and Wednesday because of the flu. They are expected to resume classes on Thursday.  The district hopes the 5 day separation between classes will help stop the spread of the flu and other illnesses. view article arw

Halletsville ISD operations will be shut down once again on Tuesday, the continuance of Monday's closure spurred by an intradistrict flu outbreak, according to an official district Facebook post.  Administrators are also reminding students to wash their backpacks and jackets in the meantime as district staff work to disinfect classrooms and buses during the closure.  view article arw

For the first time since 1999, someone In Travis county has rubella. Our students are becoming less vaccinated. For schools this means there will be a rise in absentees which directly influences a district’s financial and academic status as well as the obvious health problems that the disease can cause. read more arw

Students in Beaumont ISD, one of the state’s longest-struggling school districts, were suspended at a rate more than six times the state average and far exceeding any other district with at least 1,000 kids last school year, a Beaumont Enterprise and Houston Chronicle analysis shows. view article arw

Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge and Abilene ISD Superintendent David Young discuss stabbing of two students at Abilene High on Jan. 16, 2020.  TIMOTHY CHIPP, ABILENE REPORTER-NEWS   view article arw

FORT WORTH Two young suspects stabbed and shot a 17-year-old Polytechnic High School student a little before noon Thursday outside of a Texaco convenience store across the street from campus, leaving him with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.  There were several other students outside of the store who scattered after at least three gunshots were fired, according to Officer Buddy Calzada, a Fort Worth police spokesman.  The victim is an 11th-grader at the Fort Worth high school who was on his lunch break off-campus at the time of the assault, school officials confirmed. He was taken to a local hospital. view article arw