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By on October 22, 2013

Teacher shot at Nevada middle school

Prior to the sound of the first bell on Monday Oct. 21, a gunshot was heard at Sparks Middle School in Nevada, leaving two dead. According to CNN, a male student with a semi automatic handgun shot two male students, a 45-year-old teacher Mike Landsberry and then turned the gun on himself. The math teacher, a national guardsman and former U.S. marine was pronounced dead at the scene along with the student himself, according to NBC. The two other male students are in the hospital listed in stable condition, according to CNN. Police are still investigating what sparked the shooting, but they are certain the student acted alone. The school will be closed the remainder of the week.

A government shutdown no longer

The government is back in business, however things are not looking good for the Republicans and Speaker of the House John Boehner, according to recent CNN polls. Sixty-three percent of Americans are saying Speaker Boehner should be replaced. The American people do not want to see another shutdown in February and some Republicans in the House are saying they will not let it happen again, according to CNN. Now that the shutdown is over, President Barack Obama addressed the glitches within the Obamacare website HealthCare.gov. He said nobody is more frustrated by the problems with the website than he is. However, the “essence of the law,” he says, “is working just fine.”

Bullying causes suicide

Two girls under the age of 14 have been arrested after they were found bullying via social media, leading to the suicide of 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick. Sedwick jumped off an abandoned cement silo one month ago after being bullied by schoolmates, according to CNN. Messages saying “you should die” and “why don’t you go kill yourself” were repeatedly sent to Sedwick via social media. The schoolmates were arrested after messages were discovered on a variety of social media platforms. One of the girls posted to Facebook, “Yes I bullied Rebecca and she killed herself but IDGAF.” The alleged bully’s parent’s spoke to CNN on their daughter’s behalf, saying there was no way their daughter could have sent the messages because they do monitor what she posts. The parents agree the girls who sent the messages should be punished, but they don’t believe it was their daughter.

Forged release documents aid Florida men

Florida changed the way sentence reductions are verified in its state jails after two men used forged released documents to get out of a Florida jail, according to NBC. After a nationwide manhunt, the two men were found at the Coconut Motor Inn at the Panama City Beach. Charles Walker and Joseph Jenkin are again behind bars and back in court with additional charges. The head of Florida’s prison system said this was a mistake that could have been deadly. Florida police say they are looking to arrest others that may have helped the man with their escape, according to NBC. Now in Florida a judge must sign off on release documents instead of the court clerk that had signed off in the past.

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