At least 8 injured in Colorado school shooting, authorities say

first_imgvmargineanu/iStock(DENVER) — At least eight people have been injured in a shooting at a Colorado school, according to authorities.Two suspects are in custody, Douglas County Undersheriff Holly Nicholson Kluth told reporters during a press conference. Emergency dispatchers received reports that shots were fired at the STEM School in Highlands Ranch just before 2 p.m., according to a tweet by the sheriff’s office.The suspects are believed to be juveniles, but it is unclear whether they are students at the school, Kluth said. A struggle may have ensued between the suspects and someone at the school, she added.Multiple people who were injured were students, Kluth said. The extent of their injuries is unclear.The school does not have a school resource officer, but a school resource officer in the area was one of the first authorities on the scene, Kluth said. It is still an active shooter situation.The charter school teaches kindergarten through 12th grade and has more than 1,800 students, Kluth said. More than 500 of those students are elementary age, ABC Denver affiliate KMGH reported.The shooting started in the middle school, Kluth said.The school was under lockdown as SWAT teams went from classroom to classroom to clear them, Kluth said. Nearby schools were placed on lockout, according to KMGH.Parents were instructed to pick up their children nearby at the Northridge Recreation Center. Images showed dozens of children in a single file line with their hands on their heads.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Expert urges Kiwis to have children

first_imgExpert urges Kiwis to have children before falling fertility rate leads to unbalanced populationNewsHub 9 August 2020Family First Comment: Family First has already talked about and researched this, and raised the alarm. See the data….“Please have children.”That’s the plea from a New Zealand researcher as fertility rates drop throughout the western world, including in New Zealand.The number of babies born in New Zealand has been steadily declining since the 1960s. And 2020 is no different with the average woman having fewer than two children – the number needed to ensure replacement of the population – in her lifetime.As education and work opportunities for women increase and the cost of raising a child goes up, family sizes are shrinking.But despite the economic challenges, a low birth rate has been hailed by climate change campaigners for years. The environmental impacts from overpopulation are huge and, as a result, there is a growing childfree movement.But Dr Pushpa Wood, who is the director of Massey University’s financial education and research centre, says the falling birth rate will cause real issues in the next 30 years.Wood says if the downwards trend continues New Zealand will be left with an ageing population, more retired people needing care, and fewer people to care for them.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more