Wednesday, December 4 2013 4:08 PM EST2013-12-04 21:08:10 GMT
EVANSVILLE (WFIE) -Evansville Police are on the scene of a barricaded gunman. According to the department's Facebook page, it happened Wednesday morning in the 1500 block of South Alvord Boulevard. DispatchersMore >>
Several streets near Covert Avenue and South Alvord Boulevard were closed Wednesday morning as police responded to a man who barricaded himself inside his home. More >>
Tuesday, December 3 2013 11:01 PM EST2013-12-04 04:01:42 GMT
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) – Police and emergency crews are on the scene of an accident on I-164 near mile marker 11. According to dispatch, a dump truck ran off the road and down an embankment. No other carsMore >>
I-164 is back open on Tuesday night after a semi carrying a load of coal ran off the roadway. More >>
South Africans flocked to houses of worship for a national day of prayer and reflection to honor former President Nelson Mandela, starting planned events to commemorate the liberation struggle icon that will...More >>
South Africans of all races flocked to houses of worship Sunday for a national day of prayer and reflection to honor Nelson Mandela as a large contingent of foreign dignitaries, including royalty, begin arriving in the...More >>
ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
The killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School lead an Alabama lawmaker to take action.
A gunman killed 26 people at the school during a shooting rampage earlier this month.
Representative Kerry Rich, of Albertville, is pre-filing a bill that would arm select school administrators and teachers as a way to protect against violence in schools.
Rich said the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun. He feels making schools gun free zones leaves them vulnerable to mass shootings. He believes schools that can afford an armed police officer is great, but more can be done for schools that cannot afford such protection.
In light of the Connecticut tragedy, Rich said the gunman shot through the doors to gain entrance. He said from there, everyone in that school was vulnerable during the time it took for police to arrive.
"The principal of the school approached this guy, and then he gunned her down," said Rich. "If she had a weapon to where she could have approached this guy and taken him out, then the lives of a lot of people, especially the children, could have been saved."
Rich said administrators and teachers allowed to carry weapons would be required to undergo firearms training every six months. Rich said the bill would leave it up to the local schools how to implement.
One teacher, Bryan Campbell of Huntsville, expressed concern on Twitter over the potential bill.
"What are we now, the Wild West?" Campbell tweeted. "As a teacher, I will fight this starting now."
Anita Smith spent 14 years teaching children, and she feels there are better ways to handle situations like this than to have gun carrying teachers.
"I wouldn't want them on even certain ones because you might have problems in the schools, let alone on the outside of the school," she said.
"We don't need everybody armed," said Rich. "That's foolish in my view. But we do need a certain number of people that can respond in case a lunatic does show up."
Smith thinks arming teachers would send the wrong message. She thinks it's safer when school resource officers, instead of teachers, are carrying guns.
"For a teacher, she has enough on her mind, or he has to look after the children and not have to worry about running to that drawer to get that gun, or if they have it on them because their first instinct is to take care of the children first," said Smith.
A state and house committee meeting is planned for early January. That's when other lawmakers will weigh in on the bill.
Friday, December 6 2013 4:46 PM EST2013-12-06 21:46:36 GMT
A woman has been arrested after police say she used her small child to enter her neighbor's home though a doggie door to steal.Rockdale County Sheriff's deputies arrested Cheryl Keele, 25, at her homeMore >>
A woman has been arrested after police say she used her small child to enter her neighbor's home though a doggie door to steal.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:48 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:48:17 GMT
14 News, the Tri-State's News and Weather Leader is proud to announce a full featured weather app for Apple and Android devices. Our new weather app has an interactive radar, 10 day and hourly forecastsMore >>
14 News has a new weather app in the iTunes store and Android market. It has interactive radar, hourly forecasts and targeted weather alerts.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 1:28 AM EST2013-12-06 06:28:26 GMT
A second case of disturbing animal abuse has been discovered involving a puppy's mouth tied shut. A man found a puppy in a box with filthy blankets in Kane Park in Gresham at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The puppyMore >>
A second case of disturbing animal abuse has been discovered involving a puppy's mouth being tied shut.More >>
Saturday, December 7 2013 2:54 AM EST2013-12-07 07:54:07 GMT
PIXLEY, CA (KMPH/CNN) – A mom in California is searching for answers after she says a teacher locked her 5-year-old daughter in a dark classroom. The mother, Hilda Salazar, says it happened on TuesdayMore >>
Mom searching for answers after she says teacher locked her 5-year-old daughter in a dark classroom.More >>
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