Brad Schmitt Nashville Tennessean Published 7:00 AM EDT Oct 8, 2018 Before lunch, 13-year-old Jeremy Bryant waved a small silver handgun around in front of a couple of buddies gathered in a boys room at John Trotwood Moore Middle School. Bryant started talking trash — about how he was going to pull off some robberies, about how he needed protection from an older kid at another school who hated him. But really, the boy told Metro police later, he just wanted to show off and play bad. About an hour later that day — Thursday, April 21, 1994 — Bryant’s friend Terrance Murray was slumped over his desk, covered in his own blood and vomit, a bullet in the back of his head. Bryant and Murray had been watching a video of “Beauty and the Beast” in music class when Bryant decided to take out the gun and play with it. The boy took off his jacket and used it to cover the gun on top of his desk so teachers wouldn’t see it. POP. Confused, the students … [Read more...] about Nashville’s 1994 school shooting rocked the city
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Siobhan McAndrew Reno Gazette Journal Published 1:00 p.m. UTC Aug 3, 2018 The day they were evicted, Davi’Ana Marie Kirkland and her brother, Donte, climbed the fence to the backyard. The front door was padlocked. Their belongings were stacked like garbage on the concrete patio behind the house. They loaded what they could lift, mostly clothes, into a shopping cart and pushed it down Joaquin Murieta Avenue in Newark, Calif., a city an hour southeast of San Francisco. They would sleep that night with their aunt in a Motel 6 while they waited for their mother to get out of jail. Eight years earlier, Davi’Ana’s father, a convicted drug dealer, was murdered in Reno. In those years after his death, Davi’Ana bounced between relatives in California and her grandmother’s house in Reno. The three-bedroom apartment where the family had been evicted had been the most consistent place the 14-year-old had ever lived. It is … [Read more...] about Surviving after tragedy: A leap of fear and faith for Sparks High grad Davi’Ana Kirkland
Siobhan McAndrew Reno Gazette Journal Published 1:38 p.m. UTC Jul 18, 2018 More money to hire police officers remains a top ask for Nevada school districts. According to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Steve Canavero, more resources for school police officers is a top priority of a school safety task force, formed by an executive order by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval in March. The task force, made up of two dozen political and education leaders, including Washoe County Superintendent Traci Davis, will submit to Sandoval its list of recommendations in the next week. On the top of its wish list is a request to fund more officers. It's not a new want for districts. Davis said the district wants school police officers dedicated to every middle school. Currently the Washoe County School District has 35 police officer for 104 schools. Police officers are assigned to the district's high schools, but middle and elementary schools do … [Read more...] about Funding for more police officers remains a top request of school districts in Nevada
Siobhan McAndrew Reno Gazette Journal Published 1:09 p.m. UTC Jun 23, 2018 Of the 175 seniors from 14 Reno and Sparks high schools that didn't skip school during the past year, a graduate from Damonte Ranch has the best odds of winning a new car on Saturday. For the 10th year Bill Pierce Courtesy Honda will give a new car to a senior who had perfect attendance his or her senior year. Read more: Galena High School custodian wows graduation crowd Sparks Middle School shooting: As survivors graduate high school, they reflect on horrific day The winning student will receive a 2018 Honda Fit. The drawing is at 1 p.m. Saturday and the winner must be present to win. According to the Washoe County School District 32 students from the graduating class of Damonte Ranch had perfect attendance giving a student better odds than two from Hug who didn't miss a day of class during 2017-18. Damonte Ranch 32 Spanish Springs HS 28 Galena 21 Reno 19 AACT 16 Edward … [Read more...] about Galena, Damonte or Spanish Springs? Who didn’t skip school last year?
Siobhan McAndrew Reno Gazette Journal Published 5:57 p.m. UTC Jun 15, 2018 Five years after a Sparks Middle School student killed a teacher and himself, the first class of students who watched the horror unfold that day graduate high school. Elizabeth Long told her dad she didn’t think there was anywhere open to eat ice cream at 9 a.m. It is what Elizabeth remembers answering to her father’s flustered question as she sat in his car. She remembers her hair in a high ponytail. Her green uniform shirt tucked into her long khaki pants. She watched her father — who isn’t afraid of anything or anyone — shaken. “Do you want to go get ice cream?” he asked Elizabeth, then 13, just hours after he had dropped her off at Sparks Middle School on Oct. 21, 2013. She still has never seen him cry, but is sure she heard his tears that day, when she called just after watching a 12-year-old classmate kill her math teacher near the basketball courts … [Read more...] about Sparks Middle School shooting: As survivors graduate high school, they reflect on horrific day