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Suspect accused of throwing boy from balcony at MOA pleads guilty to attempted murder

Suspect accused of throwing boy from balcony at MOA pleads guilty to attempted murder

The Minneapolis man accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony at Mall of America last month has pleaded guilty to attempted premeditated first-degree murder.

Emmanuel Aranda, 24, entered his plea Tuesday morning in Hennepin County court, admitting he knew throwing a child over a third-floor balcony could kill him.

"I think that you saw in there him accepting full responsibility for what happened," said Paul Sellers, Hennepin County public defender. 

A family spokesperson has said the boy is now out of critical condition, and is alert and conscious. The family hopes he will be able to return home by June.


Sounds like he will get 19 years

Texas police officer shot and killed a woman during arrest attempt

Texas police officer shot and killed a woman during arrest attempt

(CNN) — A shaky cell phone video captured the moments before a Texas police officer shot and killed a woman who claimed she was pregnant.

Now people on social media are divided over whether the shooting was justified.

The officer was patrolling an apartment complex in the Houston suburb of Baytown late Monday when he saw a woman he knew from previous encounters, Baytown police said.

A family member identified the woman as Pamela Shantay Turner. In a text message Tuesday, police Lt. Steve Dorris said Turner was not pregnant.

There was a lot of discussion about the officer who shot the teen with a knife. In the case the woman the officer was attempting to arrest got control of his taser, an item that was suggested to be used in the other case. Do people think shooting was justified in this case?

Concerned parent describes 'pressure-cooker' environment at site of Colorado school shooting

Source: CNN

(CNN) — One of the first things she noticed was that her child, and other students at STEM School Highlands Ranch, weren't getting enough sleep. The academic workload, she said, seemed crushing. The parent noticed kids stressing out, and lashing out. She said she heard reports of violence, sexual assault and bullying. Yet school officials, she said, seemed to be ignoring the mounting problems.

When she finally picked up the phone to talk to a county school board member in December, she said she was worried that a "perfect storm" was brewing "for something like a Columbine" shooting.

The woman's concerns were detailed in a CNN story this week following a shooting at the suburban Denver school that left one student dead and eight others injured. The mother, who showed CNN evidence of her affiliation with the school but asked not to be identified out of fear of retaliation against her or her child, gave an interview Thursday expanding on her worries about the "pressure-cooker" environment on campus.

"When you don't listen to parents' concerns, when you don't support teachers' concerns, when you don't give teachers the kind of training that they need or the support that they need ... those are the elements that we need for the perfect storm, for something like a Columbine, or some kind of imminent threat to our children's safety in the school, whether it be a bomb or an active shooter, or a suicide," she said in the interview.
Following the parent's call to the school board in December, a district official urged the school's executive director to investigate the allegations to determine whether the parent's fears were founded and whether any action needed to be taken.

Read more: https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/05/09/us/colorado-shooting-stem-school-concerned-parent-invs/index.html?r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F

The PR firm says the school sent a confidential mail that no parent replied to. I wonder if any parents can verify that and if confidential also meant anonymous. Given the hardline stance the school seems to have with those who complain it would be understandable no one would be willing to reply to such a letter.

STEM School was urged to investigate concerns over 'a repeat of Columbine' months before shooting

STEM School was urged to investigate concerns over 'a repeat of Columbine' months before shooting

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. – A woman claiming to be a parent of a STEM School student warned school district administrators in December about what she described as rampant bullying, drug use and her fears of a “a repeat of Columbine” at the semi-autonomous charter school.

The anonymous complaints alarmed authorities enough that they requested an investigation by police and school officials.

It’s not yet clear whether there’s any connection between the woman’s complaints and the Tuesday attack at the school that killed one student and injured eight others. Two students accused in the attack remain jailed and are expected to be formally charged Friday.

As a charter school, the STEM School is largely exempt from the rules and policies governing neighboring public schools, although it is still accountable to the district via a legal agreement.

Rather than investigating the school sued...
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