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One student shot another with a hangun, authorities said.

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LONG ISLAND (PIX11) - Nerf toy gun mistaken for rifle leads to school lockdown

Swat teams, bomb squads, and canine units responded.

The kids were herded into safe zones while police searched lockers, bags, and the students themselves.

The drama ended when officers recovered a Nerf gun that was apparently mistaken for a rifle.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (PIX11) - You can call its sneaky or smart.

The Northampton Police Department in Massachusetts is under fire after coaxing students at Northhampton High School to write a statement about a recent threat made at the school.

Little did the students know, those hand-written statements may be used as evidence where authorities plan on matching the handwriting from a threatening note recently found on school grounds to one of the students.

Northampton High School was evacuated back on December 19, after a disturbing note was found in one of the school’s bathrooms.

Students and staff were already on edge considering five days earlier, a deranged gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. killing 26 people.

Officials insist the handwriting method they decided to use in their investigation is valid and legal.


Parents and students wait outside Taft High School following a shooting Thursday

(CNN) – A student shot another student with a shotgun Thursday morning at a California high school, said Ray Pruitt of the Kern County Sheriff’s Department.

The shooting happened in the science building at Taft High School near Bakersfield, Pruitt said. The wounded student was airlifted to a hospital, and a suspect is in custody, he said.RivingtonKids

Earlier, the county’s fire department said two people were hurt, though it also said the second injured person had “minor” injuries and refused medical treatment.


Details of what led to the shooting weren’t immediately available. Pruitt said he didn’t know whether the shooting happened in a classroom. Law enforcement officers were going through the school to “make sure there no suspects outstanding,” Pruitt said.TaftSchool

Taft is about 25 miles southwest of Bakersfield and 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a Republican whose district includes Taft, released a statement:

“I am deeply saddened and troubled by news of the shooting,” it said. “(My wife) Judy and I offer our prayers to the victims, their families and the entire Taft community.”







692x384_Carousel_DevelopingNewsTAFT, California (PIX11) – A school shooting in California left two people wounded Thursday, officials said.


According to reports, the shooting happened at Taft Union High School in Kern County at about 9 a.m.

The suspected shooter, who was not immediately identified, is in police custody.

The identities of the victims and their conditions were not known.

School officials did not release a statement on the shooting.