AUSTIN — Austin police have received a flood of tips but lack a profile of the person or people who planted three package bombs on the door steps of houses in the capitol city’s minority neighborhoods, Interim Police Chief Brian Manley told hundreds of people at a community meeting Thursday.  City authorities are holding out hope that the 300 federal agents helping Austin’s police department will yield faster results in the search for who could have killed two people and seriously injured two others in the mysterious bombs. But Manley said the investigation could take weeks or months. view article arw

Broward Deputy Scot Peterson stands safely behind a concrete wall taking no action as high school students lay dead and wounded just feet away, newly released video of the Florida school shooting shows. The Broward Sheriff’s Office released the 27-minute video Thursday of the former longtime resource officer responding to initial reports of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. Peterson, who was assigned to the school and on site when the shooting began, is seen with a civilian security monitor at the start of the video, but spends most of the video standing outside the school with his gun drawn. view article arw

The Brownsville Independent School District plans to implement about $1.4 million in security changes in all their schools. We’re told most of the money will go towards hiring 21 additional police officers for the district. view article arw

Dayton ISD has uniquely been involved in a pilot program that is changing the way health care is delivered to individuals, companies, and now schools. Last year, the Texas Legislature passed a bill allowing the use of telehealth in public schools. Gov. Greg Abbott signed the measure into law the first week of May. The ink had barely dried when Superintendent Dr. Jessica Johnson was sought out by officials with Neighbors Health and asked to involve DISD in a pilot program for the futuristic help. view article arw

A discussion of school security dominated the Hawkins School Board regular meeting Thursday evening at the school’s administration building. Superintendent Morris Lyon broadly outlined three options for enhancing security which were the Guardian Program, the School Marshal Program and school security guards often referred to as school resource officers. The discussion revolved mainly around input received from the legal firm of Powell and Leon regarding the legal implications of each measure. view article arw

A judge has dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit filed by the father of a Muslim boy arrested after taking a homemade clock to his Dallas-area school. The decision Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay of Dallas means that Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed's lawsuit cannot be refiled again based on the same claims. The judge also ordered the family to cover all of the costs of the lawsuit. view article arw

A Pennsylvania high school says it will issue detentions to more than 200 students who walked out of school as part of a nationwide protest against gun violence. Pennridge Superintendent Jacqueline Rattingan announced the punishment against the 225 Pennridge High School students who walked out of school Wednesday instead of attending an in-house assembly remembering the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. view article arw

President Trump and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may support arming teachers, but the majority of educators are opposed to the idea of their colleagues having guns in the classroom, saying it would make them feel less safe. That’s according to a new poll released Friday from Gallup, which surveyed 497 K-12 educators this month about their attitudes toward guns in schools. Surveyors found that 73 percent of teachers opposed being trained to use firearms while 20 percent favored it. view article arw

The Latest on Congress and guns following last month's deadly shooting at a Florida high school (all times local): view article arw

Students around the nation walked out of their classrooms at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes, symbolically honoring the 17 lives that were lost in last month's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. While organizers expected Texas students to join in, most schools were on spring break, so there were no classes to walk out of. The shooting caused an eruption of conversation about gun violence among middle and high school students around the country, and they quickly turned their emotions into activism.   view article arw

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the father of an Irving teen arrested and suspended for bringing a homemade clock to school that staff mistook for a bomb. A court document shared by the Dallas Morning News shows the federal judge's ruling, which details that no damages will be paid out by the city of Irving, Irving ISD or several other defendants involved in the case. view article arw

The House overwhelmingly approved a bill to improve school safety Wednesday, the first gun-related action by Congress since the shooting that left 17 dead at a Florida high school. The bill authorizes $500 million over 10 years for grants to improve training and coordination between schools and local law enforcement and help identify signs of potential violence before they occur. view article arw

While school districts across the nation grappled on Wednesday with how to respond to more than 3,000 student walkouts demanding action on gun violence, more than 100 Kountze ISD students prayed for those killed in acts of school violence during a morning memorial service. "We do our walkouts a bit differently here," said Superintendent John Ferguson. The district, which is fighting a six-year-long lawsuit for control over religious signs at football games, was one of about 10 in Southeast Texas that had classes today. Others were on spring break. view article arw

Concern over school shootings has risen, after the killings of 17 students and teachers in February in a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla. However, people who don't want to join in the National School Walkout on March 14 to protest the violence have come up with another way to stop school shootings. Some students, parents and educators are proposing an alternative called Walk Up Not Out. view article arw

The following scenario was staged in a drill to be prepared for the worst: Law enforcement and first response personnel from across Brownsville got word early Tuesday that someone had been shot at Sams Stadium in what appeared to be an active-shooter situation. The fictional scenario had a “please don’t let it be true” quality, but served to test coordination among the Brownsville Independent School District Police and Security Services Department, and other local law enforcement and emergency response agencies. view article arw

A 14-year-old was arrested Wednesday for threatening to "shoot up the school," according to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. The student, who attended the Calcasieu Parish Alternative Site in Lake Charles, "threatened to bring a gun to school and shoot up the school," CPSO said. The student confirmed to detectives that he made the threat, CPSO said. He was arrested and charged with terrorizing. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000. view article arw

A diagnosis of Lou Gehrig’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is usually a death sentence, and it’s one filled with pain and suffering, sometimes for years, before the victim finally succumbs to the disease.So how was world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking able to survive the degenerative neurological illness and live for decades? Hawking was 21 when he was diagnosed with ALS and given only a few years to live, but he survived more than 50 years. He was confined to a wheelchair in near-total paralysis, breathed through a tube, used an electronic voice synthesizer to speak and could only move his little finger on one hand, but he lived until the age of 76 and made quite a name for himself during his lifetime, beating almost all the odds for those with ALS. view article arw

Fort Worth high school students are planning a rally next week in support of stricter gun laws. "We hope everyone can come," said Paschal High School junior Lucy Ariola. "We want everyone to feel they're welcome." Ariola, 17, said she's been watching other student protests around the country and took it upon herself to help organize one in Fort Worth. view article arw

Central Texas high school students participated in a 17-minute walk out to honor the victims of the Florida school shooting and to push for gun reform. The demonstration is part of National School Walkout Day, during which students across the country protested gun violence. On Wednesday, after an announcement was made over the intercom, almost 400 students from Midway High School walked out of the classrooms and met at the flag poles in front of the school at 10 a.m.  More than 2,000 remained in the classroom taking a campus safety survey. view article arw

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin told county commissioners Monday that he would like to double the number of school resource officers in his department if the county could work on a financial arrangement with the five districts it contracts with. The county provides SROs to Alvord, Chico, Northwest, Paradise and Slidell schools. The county employs five. Akin said he would like to have 10 officers dedicated to the schools or possibly nine and a sergeant to oversee the branch of the sheriff’s office. “We’re not stuck on any number of SROs. We do feel confident that if we could have two SROs in every ISD, we could prevent any possible active shooter event,” Akin said. view article arw

Both Navasota ISD and Anderson-Shiro CISD have begun the dialog regarding increased school safety amidst a growing trend of active shooter incidents nationwide. Both districts held meetings during the week of March 5 to be “transparent and forthright with information” for their staff and community’s regarding the possibility of implementing the Guardian Plan on school campuses. As defined by the state of Texas, the Guardian Plan allows school districts to authorize designated and properly trained personnel to carry a firearm on school property in an effort to protect students, staff and others from armed intruders. view article arw

 In the fall of 2015, voters approved a $499 million bond for the North East Independent School District that included funding for safety upgrades. "Monthly lock down drills, diversified lock down drills, monitor your cameras," said Jen Patterson. view article arw

Students across the country will walk out of their schools Wednesday as a tribute to the 17 victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre and to urge lawmakers to act in response to gun violence. The 17-minute protest organized by Empower, the youth branch of the Women’s March, will begin at 10 a.m. in each time zone, and students from elementary school to college will march, make signs, and observe moments of silence instead of attend class. view article arw

Wednesday morning, at 10 o'clock, students at schools across the country will walk out of their classrooms. The plan is for them to leave school — or at least gather in the hallway — for 17 minutes. That's one minute for each of the victims in last month's school shooting in Parkland, Fla.  The walkout has galvanized teens nationwide and raised big questions for schools about how to handle protests. view article arw

As U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos leads a commission tasked with examining ways to protect schools, including arming school personnel, will K-12 buildings swap "gun-free zone" signs for a more armed and dangerous message?  view article arw

The Navarro County Sheriff's Office along with the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management hosted a half-day Emergency Operations meeting with area school districts’ safety teams at Corsicana Middle School Thursday, March 8. The topics covered included the role of NCOEM before, during and after an all-hazard emergency event. This presentation included resources available from the local, regional, and state levels as well as historical data on local disasters requiring Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance. view article arw

LOS ANGELES, California -- Two San Fernando Valley parents are facing criminal charges of keeping unsecured weapons in their homes after their children allegedly made shooting threats at their schools.  Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer on Monday announced the charges of unlawful firearms storage that he said followed investigations involving threats at schools in Chatsworth and Granada Hills. view article arw

Between homework, after-school activities, standardized testing, bullying, and social media, it is no surprise that children and teens are more stressed out than ever. As adults, it seems that we overlook stress in our children because we think of childhood and adolescence as a carefree time with little worry and responsibility. However, according to the American Psychological Association, “children age 8 to 17 say they worry about things such as doing well in school, getting into good colleges and their family's finances. They also report suffering headaches, sleeplessness and upset stomachs.” view article arw

An after school program in Snyder ISD is teaching students to live a healthy lifestyle. The After Schools Center for Education or A.C.E. program has brought back their CrossFit for Kids program after a brief hiatus. "We want to promote a healthy lifestyle and educate them on how to have that and incorporate fun, functional movements in everyday life," Co-Owner of CrossFit Snyder Ryan Grinnell says. CrossFit for Kids incorporates everyday movements in fun workouts for the students. view article arw

Students across the country are planning mass walkouts Wednesday to mark one month since the high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and to demand an end to gun violence.   The students will walk out of classrooms at 10 a.m. across time zones for 17 minutes to show solidarity for the 17 killed in the Valentine's Day attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and to make a nationwide appeal for changes in gun legislation. view article arw

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities have investigated at least 106 threats of violence in or near schools in Louisiana since the Feb. 14 mass shooting at a Florida high school, state police and the FBI said Monday. The news came as the University of New Orleans was reopening its campus following the arrest of a suspect in one such threat.  Nicholas Heard, 20, was arrested without incident at his home, said New Orleans police spokesman Beau Tidwell. view article arw

With no solution in sight, the conversation continues on how to effectively stop school shootings. One proposal — which sparked heavy and widespread criticism — was to arm teachers who many consider the first line of defense for students.  view article arw

ENNIS -- As the debate rages on over whether or not arming teachers would prevent school shootings, a group of teachers from the Dallas-Fort Worth region got preemptive first-hand firearm and medical training on Saturday.  The Strategic Weapons Academy of Texas, which usually trains law enforcement officers, offered a free course for teachers to learn how to fire a pistol, how to keep calm under the pressure of a school-shooting situation, and how to apply medical assistance to shooting victims such as tourniquets.  Sixteen teachers took advantage. view article arw

The walls of the Frisco Independent School District can talk – directly to the authorities. Every school in the district emits a continual live feed, thanks to cameras stationed throughout the buildings. “They’re all over the school. They’re in the hallways, in the common areas, outside the school,” says Sgt. Jeff Inmon with the Frisco Police Department. In case of emergency – such as an active shooter – dispatchers can pinpoint who, what and where – and pair that information with a floor plan of the school. view article arw

There is a single confirmed case of Tuberculosis at Beaumont's West Brook HS, but Dr. Msonthi Levine says, it shouldn't cause much concern. "It's almost like the flu," says Levine. "The history of Tuberculosis in or country, it still raises eyebrows and gets a lot of our attention." Levine says medication has advanced, and left Tuberculosis with far more treatments than in the past. view article arw