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This is America: 9 out of 10 public schools now hold mass shooting drills for students

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How "active shooter" drills became normal for a generation of American schoolchildren.
"Are you kids good at running and screaming?" a police officer asks a class of elementary school kids in Akron, Ohio.
His friendly tone then turns serious.
“What I don’t want you to do is hide in the corner if a bad guy comes in the room,” he says. "You gotta get moving."
This training session — shared online by the ALICE Training Institute, a civilian safety training company — reflects the new normal at American public schools. As armed shooters continue their deadly rampages, and while Washington remains stuck on gun control, a new generation of American students have learned to lock and barricade their classroom doors the same way they learn to drop and roll in case of a fire.
The training session is a stark reminder of how American schools have changed since the 1999 Columbine school shooting. School administrators and state lawmakers have realized that a mass shoot…

Egypt: Military court upholds death sentences for 8 civilians

Cairo, Egypt
Cairo, Egypt
12 others sentenced to life in prison, 6 others to 15 years and 2 were acquitted

The West Cairo Military Court upheld on Sunday death sentences for 8 civilians and sentenced 12 others to life in prison in the case publicly known as the "specialised intelligence committee" case.

6 defendants were sentenced to 15 years in prison and 2 others were acquitted. 2 of those given the death penalty were sentenced in absentia.

The Sunday verdict came after it had previously been postponed three times since the court initially referred the files of 8 of the defendants to the grand mufti, a procedural step prior to approving final death sentences, on 7 February.

For 2 sessions the reason for postponement was that the mufti did not send back his judgment on the case, which is used for consulting and not binding to the court.

Some of the defendants in the case were considered by rights groups and activists as having been "forcibly disappeared" before being shown in a video, released by the Ministry of Defence in July 2015, confessing to being members of a terrorist network and claiming responsibility for attacks on state facilities and personnel.

Source: Daily News Egypt, May 29, 2016

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