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Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 7:08 PM
— School shootings have become an unfortunate fact of life in the U.S.
No matter how hard officials try to protect students or how many safeguards schools implement, gun violence is a sad and life-threatening reality in American classrooms.
If your child is a witness to a school shooting or knows someone who was, it might be time to address the issue head on and talk about the trauma.
Some children express their emotions when confronted with a stressful situation and others don’t.
Whatever the case, parents should be prepared to talk and, most importantly, listen to their children.
Atlanta social worker Juan Moore suggests parents continue to talk with their children about what happened for several days or weeks after the incident.
“Even if you think your child is alright, there can be a delayed response,” Moore said.
Here are some tips from the American Psychological Association for dealing with children and trauma:
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 10:08 AM
— Update 10:43 a.m. EST: Joshua Holt’s family has released a statement following the President’s announcement regarding his release from Caracas, Venezuela, calling it a “miracle.”
The Holt family stated:
“We thank you for your collaboration during this time of anguish,” the Associated Press reports. “We ask that you allow us to meet with our son and his wife before giving any interviews or statements. We are grateful to all who participated in this miracle.”
President Trump tweeted he is looking forward to meeting the family at the White House on Saturday night.
Looking forward to seeing Joshua Holt this evening in the White House. The great people of Utah are Celebrating!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2018
Original story: Joshua Holt, an American from Utah jailed in Venezuela for over two years without trial, is expected to be released and return to the United States Saturday night.
President Donald Trump tweeted that Holt was a “hostage” in the socialist country.
Holt is expected to arrive in Washington D.C., around 7 p.m. on Saturday night and will be reunited with his family at the White House.
Good news about the release of the American hostage from Venezuela. Should be landing in D.C. this evening and be in the White House, with his family, at about 7:00 P.M. The great people of Utah will be very happy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2018
Holt is a Mormon missionary from Utah who was jailed in 2016 after traveling to Venezuela to marry a woman he met online, according to The New York Times.
He was accused of stockpiling weapons and arrested.
Holt has been held in a Caracas jail since 2016.
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) posted a statement on Twitter, saying Holt’s release is the result of a two-year effort working with the Trump and Obama administrations and Nicolas Maduro, the president of Venezuela.
Hatch says Holt's wife, Thamy Holt, had also been released but it is unclear if she will travel with her husband back to the United States.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:55 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 10:20 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. — At least three women were injured Friday after an SUV jumped a curb in downtown Portland and struck them before speeding away, according to multiple reports.
Portland Fire & Rescue officials confirmed authorities were responding to the incident near the intersection of SW 6th Avenue and SW Hall Street around 10:20 a.m. local time.
Update 10:20 a.m. EDT Sat. May 26: Overnight, the mug shot of Greg Porter was released by authorities. Porter, 61, has been charged with 3 counts of attempted murder in connection with Friday’s hit-and-run incident, KATU reported.
Update 3:55 p.m. EDT: A suspect was in custody Friday after a blue SUV struck at least three women Friday in downtown Portland, KPTV reported.
#BREAKING: SUV matching description of vehicle involved in downtown Portland hit-and-run cornered by police at NE 16th & Glisan. Driver taken into custody. Visible damage on front of SUV seen from AIR 12. #FOX12 pic.twitter.com/EeZud7rRr4— Tyler Dumont FOX 12 (@TylerDumontNews) May 25, 2018
Police earlier asked for help locating the SUV. By 12:45 p.m. local time, authorities said the vehicle had been located.
UPDATE: SW 6 Ave/SW Montgomery St. The blue Mazda Tribute has been located by police. Based on information learned at this time, the Police Bureau does not believe there is a danger to the community connected with this incident.— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) May 25, 2018
Update 2:25 p.m. EDT: Portland police confirmed that three women were injured Friday in a hit-in-run reported in downtown Portland.
Police said the injuries appeared to be serious and two of the women’s injuries appeared to be life-threatening.
Authorities said a fourth person might have also been injured but left the scene before police arrived.
Officials did not rule out the possibility that the crash could be connected to terrorism, though police said it was too early to tell Friday afternoon.
Update 1:53 p.m. EDT: Police described Friday’s crash as a “hit and run,” according to KATU.
A witness, who said he was nearly run over, told The Oregonian that it was clear that the driver of the car acted intentionally before Friday’s crash.
"When he got right before me he gunned it,” said the man, who was not identified. He estimated that the vehicle was traveling at about 45 mph when it collided with several other pedestrians.
Witness said driver almost hit him, “gunned the motor” trying to hit him after hitting three people. Three hospitalized, officer said. pic.twitter.com/u9TIF9nn7z— Fedor Zarkhin (@FedorZarkhin) May 25, 2018
Original report: The Oregonian reported that at least three people were injured, citing an officer at the scene.
Officer at scene downtown Portland said car drove onto sidewalk, 3 people taken to hospital. Area cordoned off with tape. @Oregonian— Fedor Zarkhin (@FedorZarkhin) May 25, 2018
Matt Ritzi told the newspaper that he was walking to Portland State University when he saw the aftermath of the accident, which left three or four people on the ground. He said he saw more than a dozen people trying to help them. "
I heard a lot of moaning and crying," he told The Oregonian. "I didn't see much movement."
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 11:33 AM
— The leaders of North Korea and South Korea met for a second time in a surprise visit Saturday.
South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly discussed efforts to continue work on the peace declaration declared in April between the two countries.
They also affirmed a commitment to working on diplomacy talks between North Korea and the United States, after President Donald Trump announced he was canceling a summit between the two countries in Singapore.
The Failing @nytimes quotes “a senior White House official,” who doesn’t exist, as saying “even if the meeting were reinstated, holding it on June 12 would be impossible, given the lack of time and the amount of planning needed.” WRONG AGAIN! Use real people, not phony sources.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2018
Unlike what the Failing and Corrupt New York Times would like people to believe, there is ZERO disagreement within the Trump Administration as to how to deal with North Korea...and if there was, it wouldn’t matter. The @nytimes has called me wrong right from the beginning!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2018
The White House announced on Saturday it will send an advance team to Singapore “in order to prepare should the summit take place,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement to NBC.
Original story: South Korean president Moon Jae-in held the second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone between the two countries, according to the Blue House, South Korea’s official media source.
The two leaders discussed how to carry out the peace declaration agreed upon on April 27, which hopes to bring a new era of peace and denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.
South Korean officials said that the two leaders also discussed the cancelled summit between the United States and North Korea.
The two leaders concluded that direct communication between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is needed, and pledged to continue making efforts to work on relations, according to the Blue House.
The meeting at the border truce village comes after Trump said the highly anticipated summit between the U.S. and North Korea may be back on.
Trump tweeted that if the summit does happen, it will likely take place June 12 in Singapore as originally planned.
We are having very productive talks with North Korea about reinstating the Summit which, if it does happen, will likely remain in Singapore on the same date, June 12th., and, if necessary, will be extended beyond that date.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2018
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:27 PM
Murphy, who is also a victims' advocate, filed an appeal to Wayne Chapman's release Thursday.
Chapman has admitted to molesting more than 100 boys and is the longtime suspect in the Andy Puglisi disappearance.
BREAKING: Boston Atty Wendy Murphy says release of convicted pedophile Wayne Chapman now ON HOLD until SJC can review circumstances of decision to let him go. Also, says SJC asking DOC, AG, DA, and Defense to file response to appeal by Wed. 5P @boston25 pic.twitter.com/veX6Pkj7yV— Bob Ward Boston 25 (@Bward3) May 25, 2018
70-year-old Chapman has been behind bars since 1977, when he was convicted of raping young boys. He finished serving his sentence in 2004, but has been held as a sexually dangerous person for the last 14 years.
This week, the Department of Corrections said Chapman must be released after two qualified examiners recently found him no longer sexually dangerous.
The lawyer for convicted and admitted pedophile Wayne Chapman tells me Chapman's undisclosed medical condition makes him a danger to no one. Also lawyer trying to find a home for Chapman so he can get medical treatment. My story @boston25 6pm pic.twitter.com/KCzcqjerTv— Bob Ward Boston 25 (@Bward3) May 23, 2018
Under state law, the DOC ordered his release.
While in custody Chapman, with few exceptions, has consistently refused to take part in sex offender treatment.
Chapman's lawyer told Boston 25 News that his client is ill and will likely never be able to leave the hospital.
Earlier this year, Chapman filed a petition for release from civil commitment, arguing he is no longer sexually dangerous. Chapman has had several of these public hearings before single judges and juries, and he lost each time.
The most recent decision was January 2016, when a jury found Chapman still sexually dangerous.
In preparation for the upcoming hearing scheduled for July, two "qualified examiners" met with Chapman and found him no longer sexually dangerous. Under a 2009 SJC decision, once that happens, release is mandated.
Murphy's appeal alleged that procedure was not correctly followed. Murphy also said the SJC is asking Department of Corrections, the Attorney General's office, the District Attorney and Chapman's lawyer to respond to the appeal by next Wednesday.
Murphy said the victims are relieved, grateful, and optimistic that Chapman's release has been delayed.
Governor Charlie Baker's Office sent Boston 25 News the following statement:
“Governor Baker believes anyone with Wayne Chapman’s history of convictions should not be released from prison, the Legislature should review the state laws that led to his release so that the victims of such horrible crimes are protected in the future, and supports the SJC’s decision to review this case.”