Part of the recovery effort in Mattoon includes a community service work day Thursday, The Journal Gazette & Times-Courier reported . Mattoon High School students will plant flowers, wash cars, organize gifts for Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center patients, clean up the Coles County Fairgrounds and present lessons on kindness and giving back to students at Riddle and Williams Elementary schools.
As many as 500,000 students and activists are expected to descend on Washington, D.C., and other cities Saturday in the "March For Our Lives" rally, with the aim of stronger gun-safety measures after the Feb. 14 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The rally was created by five high school students who launched the March for Our Lives website. While the nation's capital is expected to gain much of the attention as the "main demonstration," there are also rallies in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles. Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Demi Lovato and Common are some of the musicians expected to perform in Washington. The rallies come after the March 14 National School Walkouts and after students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mobilized with the #NeverAgain movement.
The NRA's news president is current Fox News Contributor Oliver North, but he is widely known for a Reagan-era scandal. Former U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North speaks before giving the Invocation at the National Rifle Association-Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum in Dallas, May 4, 2018. Incoming National Rifle Association president Oliver North has already grabbed national attention for his take on the root causes of America's mass shooting problem after a Texas high school student killed 10 people in a bloody rampage. The retired Marine lieutenant colonel blamed a "culture of violence" for recent school shootings and implied that the prevalence of prescriptions such as Ritalin for young people could also be a factor during an appearance on Fox News Sunday. But in 2012, North worked as a promoter, script consultant and voice actor for the popular first-person-shooter game Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Resource officer Mark Dallas given standing ovation at graduation after stopping shooter at Dixon High School earlier in the week. A school resource officer was honored at an Illinois high school graduation for his heroic actions after he stopped a school shooter from taking any lives. Officer Mark Dallas received a standing ovation Sunday as he led Dixon High School students into their graduation ceremony. Matthew Milby, 19, brought a gun into the school and shot at a coach during graduation practice, but Dallas was able to take the shooter down as students ran for their lives, police said. Mark Dallas, a school resource officer, reacts as he leads Dixon High School's Class of 2018 into their graduation ceremony in Lancaster Gymnasium at the school in Dixon, Ill., Sunday, May 20, 2018.