For a group of eighth grade girls from Deer Park, Texas, organizing a benefit concert has shown them the incredible power of community. The Music 4 A Mission benefit concert was born out of a class the girls are taking at Deer Park Junior High School called Caring Communities. The goal is to raise $20,000, through a combination of ticket sales, donations, and a silent auction. The proceeds will be donated to four students in the Deer Park community who are all battling a different form of cancer. "Our main goal is to let the kids know that the community cares about them, to help them with their financials, and to just be there for them," says Bethany Joy, director of operations for Caring Communities.
Southern California is known for producing surreal moments, whether it's the sight of Batman walking down Hollywood Boulevard or a 15-year-old scoring 92 points in a high school basketball game. So it came as no surprise Tuesday afternoon when a woman visiting from Texas decided to pay close to $100 to pay for three tickets to the Chino Hills-Bishop Montgomery basketball game so her two young sons could watch in person some of the players they've been following on YouTube. "All that matters is we're going to watch this game," the woman said. There was the man from Huntington Beach who showed up at 10:30 a.m. for a 7 p.m. game to be first in line because he wanted the best seat in the house to watch the "Chino Hills Beatles." There was Austin Blackwell, a 14-year-old freshman from Austin, Texas, who dragged his father to the game at El Camino College rather than go to the beach or visit Disneyland on spring break.
Sul Ross State University's Alpine campus was on lockdown Thursday after a shooting at Alpine High School in Texas in which at least one person died, KXAS reported. UPDATE: 11:31 a.m. EDT -- Police were searching for suspects in southwest Texas on Thursday after a reported shooting at Alpine High School, a Brewster County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman told mySA.com. But other reports said at least one shooter was dead. UPDATE: 11:25 a.m. EDT -- The suspect in an active shooter situation at Alpine High School in southwest Texas was dead Thursday, ABC News reported. At least one person had been transported to a nearby hospital, according to the New York Daily News.
Multiple students are dead after a shooting at a high school near Houston, Texas. According to law enforcement officials, a gunman entered a classroom in Santa Fe High School early Friday morning and began shooting. The shooter, allegedly a student at the school, is in custody and there are conflicting reports about how many fatalities have occurred, but Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez has said between eight to 10 people have been killed, and that a school officer has been injured. Shortly after news outlets began reporting on the shooting, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to express his condolences saying early reports were "not looking very good." Early reports not looking good.
A Texas middle school English teacher was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison and 10 years of probation for having a sexual relationship with a then-14-year-old male student. Katherine Ruth Harper, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of having an improper relationship with a student and one count of sexual assault of a child, according to the Denton County District Attorney's Office. After Harper serves her prison sentence, she will serve probation and become a registered sex offender. "Based on conversations with the victim and his family, the D.A.'s office feels that this was a fair outcome," the Denton County District Attorney's Office told International Business Times in an email. "[Harper] not only has to serve time in the penitentiary, but she will also be monitored by a judge for many years.