Student Shot on Day of US Walkouts Marking School Massacre Anniversary
A high school student in the southeastern U.S. state of Florida shot and wounded a classmate Friday, the same day thousands of students across the country walked out of class to mark a high school massacre that occurred nearly two decades ago.
Friday's shooting took place at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida and the Marion County Sheriff's Department said the suspected shooter is in custody.
The nationwide walkout was organized by students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and staff members were killed by a former student on February 14.
The Parkland massacre triggered a national grassroots campaign for more restrictive gun control laws that included recent marches in Washington and in other cities and towns throughout the United States.
Washington area high school students rallied at the White House before marching on Capitol Hill to demand action from lawmakers.
They joined students from more than 2,600 high schools and other institutions across the country who walked out of class, many wearing orange - a color that has come to represent the gun control movement.
Friday's activities were in commemoration of the April 20, 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School in the western state of Colorado, when two students roamed the school, killing 12 of their classmates and a teacher before committing suicide.
Gun rights supporters held counter-demonstrations in some locations. The Associated Press reported that about 200 people rallied outside the Kansas state capitol in Topeka, and about 30 pro-gun protesters showed up outside the New Hampshire state house in Concord.
Court Rules Department of Justice Can’t Block Funds for Sanctuary Cities
The federal appeals court in Chicago has rejected the Trump administration's efforts to punish so-called "sanctuary cities" for helping illegal immigrants.
The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the Justice Department cannot deny public safety grants to cities like Chicago that resist cooperating in the department's crackdown on undocumented immigrants.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that "from day one when we said we weren't going to allow the Trump Justice Department to bully or intimidate the city off of its values.”
Chicago sued last year after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he would cut off cities from certain Justice Department grants unless they allowed federal immigration authorities unlimited access to local jails and provided 48 hours notice before releasing anyone wanted for immigration violations.
The ruling makes it the latest federal court, along with courts in California and Philadelphia, to restrict what the administration can try to do to pressure jurisdictions that restrict some cooperation with federal immigration enforcement.