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August 21st, 2013
10:20 AM ET

Georgia Elementary School Shooting

The suspected gunman who entered a Georgia elementary school Tuesday, heavily armed and opening fire on police, is now in custody.

Witnesses say 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill told them he wasn't afraid to die.

While no one was injured in the shooting, hundreds of young students were fearful for their lives as they ran for safety when gunfire erupted in their school.

The lone gunman took office workers hostage inside, telling them to call a TV station with a chilling message.

WSB Assignment Editor Lacey Lecroy says, “He wanted us to start filming as police died.”

“The gunman fired at police, maybe a half dozen times,” CNN’s David Mattingly reports. “Officers returned fire, when suddenly, the gunman gave up.”

One office worker, Antoinette Tuff, asked him to put down his weapons and convinced him to surrender and told police he was giving himself up.

“Police searched the suspect's car for explosives,” Mattingly says.

“Children had to be escorted to buses away from the school as a precaution before being reunited with their anxious parents.”

Parents complain they were not properly notified and that many heard about it on local news.

“After they put the school on lockdown and they secured the kids, the parents should have been called immediately, right then and there,” Grandmother Celisa Raysor says.

While parents express new fears about their children’s security, students are set to go resume classes today at a nearby high school and return to their regular school building tomorrow.

Follow along at CNN.com as the story develops.

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May 30th, 2013
09:33 AM ET

Spelling bee champ to be crowned tonight – CNN's Athena Jones reports

After this afternoon's semi-finals, 12 kids will compete for title of spelling bee champion.

As CNN's Athena Jones reports this year's event is more challenging than ever because of a new twist.

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March 28th, 2013
06:06 AM ET

Chicago teachers protest school district's plan to shutter 54 schools – Pamela Brown reports

Anger raged in the streets of Chicago last night as hundreds of public school teachers and their supporters protested the school district's consolidation plan that will close 54 schools at the end of this school year. The head of the teachers' union calls it a safety issue, saying that children should go to school where they live, not in a different neighborhood.

Pamela Brown has more on the protest and the consolidation plan. “The demonstration was non-violent. But more than 100 protesters were escorted away by police,” Brown reports. “The Chicago public school system still has to hold three meetings for each school it plans to close before the Board of Education votes on the plan in late May.”

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January 3rd, 2013
05:42 AM ET

Sandy Hook kids resume classes; CNN's Deb Feyerick reports

In Newtown, Connecticut this morning, Sandy Hook Elementary School students are preparing for an emotional return to school for the first time since a gunman took 20 of their friends, and their innocence. Backpacks are being filled with books and tiny teeth are being brushed before the kids resume classes in another building in the neighboring town of Monroe. CNN’s Deb Feyerick has more on the new Sandy Hook school in Monroe, Connecticut this morning.

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