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El Paso police are responding to a traffic death at an elementary school. It happened around 7:54 a.m. Wednesday at Oran Roberts Elementary School in El Paso, Texas' upper valley. According to police, a 14-year-old girl and a 6-year-old girl were struck by a vehicle. view article arw

After 8 ½ years, the state has quit fighting judicial oversight of long-term foster care. It’s here, and U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack says she’ll hold Texas’ feet to the fire.  AUSTIN -- A federal judge has threatened to hold Texas in contempt of court if it drags its feet in fixing the state’s unconstitutionally hazardous system of long-term foster care.  U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack of Corpus Christi reminded state lawyers recently that they “lost” a long-running class-action lawsuit. “For an indefinite period of time,” she noted, she’ll supervise the system, using two court-appointed monitors, also called special masters, as her eyes and ears. view article arw

School districts in Kansas, Missouri and New York sued e-cigarette giant Juul on Monday, accusing the company of endangering the lives of students through deceptive marketing misconduct. They are believed to be the first school systems in the nation to sue the company that dominates the e-cigarette market and pushes the devices – which look like pens or thumb drives – that have become wildly popular among teenagers. In St. Louis, the Francis Howell School District claimed in its federal suit that vaping products cause "significant and ongoing nicotine abuse." The district says that there were 248 nicotine-related infractions last year, up from 54 five years ago, including three at an elementary school. The district also claimed that they have been forced to hire additional staff to monitor the bathrooms and hallways for students vaping. Francis Howell also included examples of colorful ads from Juul that featured young people vaping and promoting parties for the brand. view article arw

Rachel's Challenge is a nationally recognized non-profit organization and they are working to eliminate violence, bullying, and peer pressure. view article arw

A North East Independent School District elementary school has been named one of America’s healthiest schools. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation based the award on multiple factors like healthy meals, physical fitness education and empowering students to become healthy role models. view article arw

When Conroe ISD Superintendent Curtis Null started last year, he evaluated his priorities for the district and decided to make mental health his number one for both students and staff. Null added more counselors to each campus, hired Kelly Locke as the district mental health specialist, and added an additional crisis counselor to the team. Locke has been working with students across all grade levels for 15 years. She started as a special education teacher before getting into counseling 12 years ago. Utilizing outside resources, CISD has a program set up with Tri-County Mental Health to bring in therapists to the district buildings to provide services at the school. view article arw

Improvement plans for campuses that received failing grades under state accountability ratings will be discussed during a workshop at 6 p.m. today (Tuesday) in the board room of the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave. The presentation includes a timeline for submissions on progress and reviews the process the district will go through for those schools, supplemental agenda material shows. The materials show the district will use the Effective Schools Framework. view article arw

Kerens students teach bike safety

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Free wheeling fun filled the parking lot at Kerens Middle School, Saturday, Oct. 5 during the Bike Safety Rodeo put on by the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students as part of their Bobcat TRAKS elective classes, which focus on cooperative team problem solving and positive character development. The students dedicated weeks to planning and researching similar events as well as drafting letters asking for donations from local merchants. Using recycled pallets and donated construction materials, they designed and built obstacles to simulate situations young riders might encounter while riding their bikes such as crossing railroad tracks and uneven terrain. To promote their event, teams of students made flyers, posters, press releases, and video commercials to get the word out to the community. view article arw

Police are searching for two suspects wanted for reportedly trying to abduct a student near a bus stop in southeast Houston. Houston ISD issued a statement saying that on Monday morning, a student who attends The Rice School reported that he was briefly abducted by two males in a black vehicle as he walked to his bus stop near Law Elementary School. view article arw

Steps that have been taken to make Ector County ISD campuses more secure and the process campuses are undergoing to make improvements under state standards were hashed out by board members during a workshop. Superintendent Scott Muri said safety and security has been an opportunity not only for ECISD but schools around the nation. Officials from the ECISD police department, counseling, student support, technology and facilities talked about what is in place and what is being implemented to make schools safer. view article arw

Huntsville Police arrested two high school students who skipped class and were later found in possession of illegal drugs. According to jail records, Wyatt Watson, 18, and another juvenile student were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. Two weapons were later found under the back seat of the juvenile's vehicle. "An immediate investigation was conducted involving our school resources officers and both subjects were found,” Huntsville High School Principal William “Bill” Roberts said. “A search of their person and belongings revealed both to be in possession of drugs. This prompted a routine search of their vehicles which were both securely parked outside.” view article arw

The Royse City Police Department is investigating a threat from a student focusing on Royse City High School. The department posted a message for parents on its Facebook page this morning, indicating there was a message posted on Snapchat overnight regarding school safety. view article arw

Local students are feeling the power of healthy bodies and minds by fueling up on the "good stuff" they say helps them stay ready to learn while they’re at school. A rainbow of fresh food greets Colonial Hills Elementary School students daily for breakfast and lunch. North East Independent School District is setting the bar when it comes to keeping healthy on campus. view article arw

First Lady Melania Trump today joined DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon to celebrate the official launch of the 2019 Red Ribbon campaign, dedicated to preserving the memory of DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena – a DEA special agent who was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered in Mexico by drug traffickers. Red Ribbon Week furthers the cause for which he gave his life, as communities across the country pledge to fight against the violence of drug crime and the misery of addiction. view article arw

A 3-year-old boy who was found unresponsive last week on a Robinson Independent School District bus died Sunday evening after receiving two days of medical care at a Temple hospital, police confirmed Monday. Police responded around 7:20 a.m. Friday to a call about the unconscious boy, who was on a bus in the 600 block of East Moonlight Drive. The boy was revived by first responders and taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, police said. He was then transferred by air ambulance to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple.  view article arw

Services have been scheduled for Leonardo Prado, the 3-year-old boy who died Sunday evening at McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple after he was found unresponsive Friday morning aboard a Robinson ISD bus. Visitation is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at OakCrest Funeral Home at 4520 Bosque Blvd. in Waco. The rosary starts at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass begins at noon Friday at Sacred Heart Church at 2621 Bagby Ave. view article arw

Family and friends of 13-year-old Esmay Lopez are mourning her death. The South Belton Middle School student died last Friday. Her family says she had a sudden asthma attack while playing with her brothers. “She was outside running around just like a normal kid, and then she got outwinded. And next thing we know, she just couldn’t grasp for air anymore. And we tried our best to help her out as much as we could, and God took it in his hands from there,” says Esmay’s father Richard Lopez. view article arw

For Emma Chalk, 14, Just Keep Livin’ gatherings are a chance to improve herself and help her work through her living situation. “I recently moved in with my aunt and uncle because of issues with my dad,” she said. “I had to leave because he was doing drugs, and I really didn’t want to stay in that situation with having no food, no water, really nothing. I was isolated in that house for three years.” view article arw

A Marble Falls mother is demanding answers after a boy viciously attacked her son in class. Cell phone video from inside a Marble Falls High classroom shows a student hovered over 16-year-old Joseph Aplon as Aplon sits at his desk just before 2nd-period world history. Moments later the student sucker-punched Aplon’s head. view article arw

Mesquite Police have taken a Frasier Middle School student into custody for making a social media threat directed at West Mesquite High School and Frazier Middle School.  Mesquite ISD and police were made aware of the threat on Sunday, about an event that would happen Monday at West Mesquite High School and/or Frazier Middle School.  view article arw

Ector County ISD has arrested a female student for posting messages on social media threatening to shoot up schools. According to ECISD, the student said she did not intend to harm anyone but posted the threats so she could get out of school.  view article arw

A female student from Bowie Middle School was arrested after she made two social media posts about threatening to shoot up schools, an Ector County Independent School District press release stated. Ector County ISD Police charged the Bowie student with two counts of terroristic threat, a third-degree felony, after she admitted she made the threats on Snapchat. view article arw

Yesterday evening Mesquite Police Department and Mesquite ISD were made aware of an online social media threat directed at West Mesquite High School and Frasier Middle School.  The non-specific threat was related to an event that would happen today at West Mesquite High School and/or Frasier Middle School.  view article arw

The Round Rock Independent School District may test just how serious Williamson County really is about removing its school resource officers. During a safety and security workshop on Thursday, the board of trustees seemed to agree that they should draft another memorandum of understanding to keep Williamson County deputies acting as security on the district’s campuses. view article arw

Alice ISD is the latest school district to enact a clear bag policy for games and events at Memorial Stadium. The policy was announced on the school's website on Monday. Bags allowed in the facilities must be clear with no logos or designs obstructing contents of the bag, and must not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. view article arw

Changes to legislation this year mean changes in safety protocols at schools across the state. Tuesday’s workshop for the Conroe ISD board updated members on what those changes will look like and mean. Thankfully, CISD already has a progressive mindset when it comes to safety protocols and preparation for the worst-case scenario. But that doesn’t mean these legislative changes won’t mean changes in the district. view article arw

There are moments in life when we need to prepare for the unthinkable and hope our preparation is never tested. Schools have installed metal detectors, armed teachers, conducted active shooter drills, and, in general, tightened security to prevent another Parkland or Santa Fe. But as Arlington ISD Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos recently reminded us, early intervention makes schools safer, too. With the assistance of a federal grant from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, the Arlington Police Department, Tarrant County’s mental health services and the school district recently formed a comprehensive threat assessment team whose sole task each day is to assess social media threats, bullying, classroom conduct and other behaviors that could put teachers and students in danger. view article arw

The Round Rock school board tentatively agreed to request the Williamson County sheriff’s office provide a district school resource officer program starting in 2021. During a work session Thursday night, the majority of the board appeared to agree that an extended SRO program with the sheriff's office would be the best long-term security option for the district, though several trustees expressed concern about the county’s willingness to even consider a proposal. view article arw

East Texas authorities are still working to determine the source and circumstances surrounding threatening calls made to Marshall High School and the Marshall Independent School District Administration Building on Thursday, Oct. 3. The calls caused the entire district to be placed on lockdown. Authorities later that day lifted the lockdown after it was deemed safe to do so, according to Marshall ISD. view article arw

One Rio Grande Valley school district is doing more to protect students and staff while at their campus. La Joya ISD is adding remote security gates along all campus parking lots. view article arw

A 15-year-old student at Victoria East High School was arrested Friday for making a terroristic threat. view article arw

A 3-year-old boy is in critical condition at a hospital after he stopped breathing on a Robinson ISD school bus Friday morning. Robinson Police say the child lost consciousness on the bus around 7:20 a.m. as it drove down East Moonlight Road. First Responders performed CPR and took him to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center — Hillcrest. They were able to revive the boy, who was then taken to Temple Scott & White Hospital by helicopter. view article arw

All nine Marshall ISD campuses spent less than an hour on lockdown again on Friday after the same suspected caller issued a series of threatening phone calls against two of the district’s campuses for the second day in a row. Marshall High School and the nearby Marshall ISD administration building received four threatening phone calls on Thursday and then again on Friday morning, prompting a district-wide lockdown that was later changed to a “soft” lockdown before all of them were lifted completely just before noon Friday. view article arw

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is now investigating the allegations of inappropriate behavior by several football players at an off campus location last week. In a statement from Montgomery ISD, the district’s police department had completed their investigation into the alleged hazing incident. The incident was reported through the district’s anonymous tip line. view article arw

Earlier this week, Lubbock ISD turned to their students to find out who made a prank call to 9-1-1, offering a $50 reward to someone with information leading to an arrest. The suspect was found without the help of a student, but the Lubbock ISD chief of police said their version of crime line has been key in solving crimes in the past. “If we have an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest, then we pay for that information,” Scifres said. view article arw