8-year-old Ohio boy fears being hurt, takes gun to school

An 8-year-old Ohio boy fears being hurt, takes gun to school (AP)
Updated 21 February 2018
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8-year-old Ohio boy fears being hurt, takes gun to school

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio: An 8-year-old Ohio boy who had an unloaded gun in his backpack has told police he brought the weapon to his elementary school because he thought another student was going to hurt him.
The Springfield News-Sun reports that a teacher at Springfield’s Simon Kenton Elementary School found the gun Tuesday afternoon while putting homework into the backpack. No one was hurt. Police responded to the school, and the boy was taken into custody.
The superintendent says the boy will be disciplined according to the district’s student code of conduct. Police say the child also could face a charge for having a deadly weapon in a school safety zone.


Algerian PM calls on President Bouteflika to seek 5th term

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Algerian PM calls on President Bouteflika to seek 5th term

  • Bouteflika, who uses a wheelchair, hasn’t yet made known if he’ll run next year, by which time he’ll be 82.
  • He has led Algeria since 1999 and won a fourth term in 2014 despite suffering a stroke the previous year.

ALGIERS: Algeria’s prime minister has called on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to seek a fifth term in April 2019, despite his age and partial paralysis.
Bouteflika, who uses a wheelchair, hasn’t yet made known if he’ll run next year, by which time he’ll be 82.
Ahmed Ouyahia said Thursday at the opening of his party’s national council that Bouteflika twice saved the North African nation, with his policy of reconciliation that allowed extremist insurgents who nearly brought down the state in the 1990s to rejoin civilian life and by protecting Algeria against the Arab Spring chaos that toppled leaders in Tunisia and Libya.
Ouyahia heads the National Democratic Rally, the No. 2 force in the governing coalition after the FLN, whose chief last October also called for Bouteflika to run.

Bouteflika, head of the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN), has led Algeria since 1999 and won a fourth term in 2014 despite suffering a stroke the previous year.
The president made two rare public appearances in a wheelchair in April and May, at the inauguration of a mosque and for the extension of the Algiers metro.
In late May, a group of academics and political figures urged him not to seek a fifth mandate, citing his "advanced age" and "dramatic state of health", and warning against "unhealthy forces" trying to convince him to stand.