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.


Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen tours Pacific allies, with Hawaii stopover

Updated 17 min 25 sec ago
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Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen tours Pacific allies, with Hawaii stopover

  • Taiwan has struggled to shore up its dwindling roster of allies as countries are choosing instead to establish relations with Beijing
  • Beijing considers the self-governing island part of Chinese territory

BEIJING: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen left Thursday on a tour of diplomatic allies in the Pacific that will end with a stopover in Hawaii.
Taiwan has struggled to shore up its dwindling roster of allies as countries are choosing instead to establish relations with Beijing, which considers the self-governing island part of Chinese territory.
Tsai will visit Palau, Nauru and the Marshall Islands, Taiwan’s official Central News Agency reported.
The agency said she will transit through Hawaii on March 27 on her way back from the Marshall Islands, but did not give further details.
Only 17 mainly small, developing countries still recognize Taiwan as a sovereign nation. The island split from mainland China amid a civil war in 1949. Beijing has recently ratcheted up its rhetoric around “re-unifying” democratically governed Taiwan with Communist Party-ruled mainland China.
China is particularly sensitive to cooperation between Taiwan and the US When the latter approved the sale of $330 million of military equipment to Taiwan last September, China warned of “severe damage” to bilateral relations.
Ahead of a similar stopover in Hawaii in 2017, China demanded that the US bar Tsai from transiting through in order to “avoid sending any erroneous messages to the Taiwan independence force.”