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iStock/Thinkstock(NOBLESVILLE, Ind.) -- A middle school boy allegedly opened fire at an Indiana school Friday morning, police said, leaving a teacher and another student injured, the latest in a string of school shootings this year.

"I heard gunshots and a few screams," a seventh-grader who was across the hall from the shooting told ABC News. "I was scared, I was in shock."

The suspected shooter, a student at Noblesville West Middle School, located about 27 miles north of Indianapolis, asked to be excused from class and then returned to the room armed with two handguns, Noblesville Police Chief Kevin Jowitt said at a news conference.

The teacher and student victims were shot in that room, Jowitt said, adding that the situation was resolved quickly. The suspect, who wasn't injured and wasn't identified, was taken into custody, police said.

One student said he was in class taking a test when the suspect came in with a handgun and started shooting aimlessly, "waiving his hand around," reported ABC affiliate RTV in Indianapolis.

The teacher -- whom multiple students identified as Jason Seaman -- allegedly stopped the shooter, the student told RTV.

The family of Ella Whistler, the student injured in the shooting, released a statement Friday night saying her "status is critical" but she's "stable."

"Our daughter, Ella Whistler, was involved in a horrific shooting today at her school. We will spend the next days and weeks processing what happened and why," the statement reads. "But first, we wanted to say she is doing well at Riley Hospital for Children. Her status is critical, yet we are pleased to report she is stable. We’d like to thank everyone across the country who prayed for our family today. We’ve felt those prayers and appreciate each of them. We’d also like to thank the first responders, Noblesville police, Indiana State Police and the medical staff and surgeons at Riley."

Seaman was struck three times and underwent surgery, according to a Facebook post by his mother.

By Saturday he had been discharged from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and was photographed at Noblesville West Middle School shaking hands with U.S. Rep. Susan W. Brooks.

The local politician praised him for his bravery.

“Jason Seaman selflessly put himself in harm’s way to protect his students and it is because of his heroic actions more students were not hurt," she said, according to a release.

Seaman's wife, Colette, provided an initial statement to ABC News from Jason.

"First of all, thank you to the first responders from Noblesville and Fishers for their immediate action and care," the statement from Jason said. "I want to let everyone know that I was injured but am doing great. To all the students, you are all wonderful and I thank you for your support. You are the reason I teach."

Students were forced to shelter in classrooms and barricade doors during the incident.

"I was thinking, 'It's not real, it's not real, everything is going to be OK,'" student Gabbie Manns told ABC News of her time barricaded in the classroom. "We are holding hands holding tight ... people I didn't even know that well came over and held my hand and we all felt really united at that moment."

"There was people crying ... it was really chaos," she added. "I thought about all the other school shootings."

Tanner, an eighth grader, said he was in class when he saw kids running and screaming.

“There was only three of us, we had to barricade the door to make sure no one came in,” he told ABC News.

“I was shaking for my life,” he said, overcome with emotion. “I just didn’t wanna die.”

Kendall, a sixth grader, said she heard an announcement over the intercom, telling students to get in their rooms and barricade the door. She and her classmates got in the corner and the teacher turned off the lights.

“I was really scared, I didn't really know what was going on,” she told ABC News. “My teacher let me use his phone to call my mom.”

"I heard gunshots and a few screams," seventh-grader CJ Livingston, who was in a classroom across from the shooting, told ABC News. "We were all trying to be quiet and there were a lot of people crying around me."

"I was scared, I was in shock. I didn’t really know what to do," he continued. "I just thought I really needed to protect my peers and my friends and if something happened, I was petrified."

He said they threw chairs at the door as a barricade and then lined up behind the desks to hide.

"When I think about how that really must have felt for him I start sobbing," CJ's mother, Kristin Huber, told ABC News. "Something you don’t want your children to ever have to experience."

"When you get a text message from your son saying, 'Mom, there’s an intruder, I just wanted to tell you I love you,' just thinking about him texting me that is pretty tough," she said. "It was devastating. I was grateful when he let me know he was OK."

The school has a full-time school resource officer who was in the building at the time, Jowitt said.

The school does not have metal detectors, officials said.

At the nearby Noblesville East Middle School, "everybody just got so scared" and a lot of people were crying, one sixth-grade girl told RTV.

"It's a surreal feeling," the girl's dad added. "You don't think it's happening in your own town."

"A secondary threat" was also made at Noblesville High School, Jowitt said.

"We have not received any information that this has been anything other than a communicated threat," Jowitt said. "We are securing the high school and taking steps to make sure that it stays secure."

"All this says to me is insanity has hit Indiana," one man whose wife's grandson attends school in the district told RTV.

The man, who described the shooting as "chaos," said the boy texted his mother, "come get me."

Vice President Mike Pence, an Indiana native, said he is "praying for the victims."

“To everyone in the Noblesville community -- you are on our hearts and in our prayers,” he wrote on Twitter. “Thanks for the swift response by Hoosier law enforcement and first responders.”

Friday morning's shooting comes one week after a teenage boy allegedly stormed his Texas high school, shooting and killing 10 and wounding 13 others.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NOBLESVILLE, Ind.) -- When a middle school boy allegedly opened fire at his Indiana school, the science teacher immediately ran and tackled him to the ground, one student in the classroom told ABC News.

The suspected shooter, a student at Noblesville West Middle School, asked to be excused from class Friday morning and then returned to the room armed with two handguns, Noblesville police said.

"He pulled the gun out of his pocket and everyone started screaming, and trying to get behind stuff, like the desks and tables. And he started shooting," seventh-grader Ethan Stonebraker, 13, told ABC News.

The teacher had a basketball in his hands and immediately launched it at the gunman, and then ran toward the bullets, Ethan said.

"Immediately [teacher] Mr. [Jason] Seaman was yelling and running right at him and tackled him to the ground," Ethan said. "I was trying to stay crouched behind the back table, but also see what’s going on and that’s when [Mr. Seaman] was running right at him with this arms in front of him, and then he just tackled him against the wall.

"Then they were on the ground after [Mr. Seaman] swatted the gun from him and he just laid on the shooter so he couldn’t do anything," Ethan said. "We got behind the back table in the corner of the room, and most people were just crouched covering their heads, but some people were trying to peer over the table and make sure they could see what’s going on."

The teacher and one student were shot and hospitalized, police said.

The science teacher was struck three times and underwent surgery, according to a Facebook post by his mother.

By Saturday he had been discharged from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and was photographed at Noblesville West Middle School shaking hands with U.S. Rep. Susan W. Brooks.

The local politician praised him for his bravery.

“Jason Seaman selflessly put himself in harm’s way to protect his students and it is because of his heroic actions more students were not hurt," she said, according to a release.

Seaman’s wife, Colette Seaman, provided an initial statement to ABC News on behalf of her husband: “First of all, thank you to the first responders from Noblesville and Fishers for their immediate action and care. I want to let everyone know that I was injured but am doing great. To all the students, you are all wonderful and I thank you for your support. You are the reason I teach.”

The suspect, who wasn't injured and was not identified, was taken into custody, police said.

"He’s very brave, he’s a hero today," Ethan said of his teacher. "And he did something that most people would never dare to do.

"If it wasn’t for him ... a lot of us could have been hurt," Ethan continued. "He pretty much protected all of us and it’s something that you couldn’t ask more of."

Ethan described the suspected gunman as "a nice kid most of the times."

"He’s funny, making jokes with most kids and stuff," Ethan said. "He’s in all my classes and it’s just a shock that he would do something like that."

Ethan said he never thought a school shooting "would somehow get that close to you."

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ABC News(ORLANDO) -- Subtropical Storm Alberto could put a damper on Memorial Day activities on the Gulf Coast this weekend, prompting the governors of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to preemptively declare a state of emergency.

Alberto's center is forecast to pass west of Cuba, the Florida Keys and mainland Florida, setting its sights on eastern Louisiana, the Florida Panhandle and the coasts of Alabama and Mississippi.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Saturday morning the state of emergency covers all 67 counties to "prepare for the torrential rain and severe flooding this storm will bring."

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said he would make "the National Guard and other resources available should they become necessary."

Alabama's Gov. Kay Ivey also said he directed "essential state agencies to be on the ready should they be needed over the next couple of days."

Alberto is the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season.

The path of the storm has tracked north-northeast at 13 mph with winds up to 40 mph.

The storm will deliver spells of tropical rain showers that will strike Florida and the Gulf Coast by the end of the weekend.

Even before Alberto arrives, the tropical showers and thunderstorms preceding it could bring brief tornadoes and heavy swells.

The precipitation levels will be hard to handle for places like Key West, Florida, which already has experienced its wettest May on record, with 13.08 inches of rain.

Western Cuba could see over 2 feet of rain, causing deadly flash flooding and mudslides.

Both storm surge and flash flood watches have been issued in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and large swaths of Florida, where the downpour could reach or exceed 2 inches per hour.

A tropical storm watch has been posted for parts of the Gulf Coast, including New Orleans, Biloxi, Mississippi, and Mobile, Alabama. A storm surge watch has been posted for parts of the coastal region from eastern Louisiana to the Panhandle of Florida. Storm surge could reach 2 to 4 feet when Alberto approaches the region on Monday.

Locals have been prepping for the worst.

“I've got over 100 sandbags sitting in my driveway," Edd Falsetti of Tampa, Florida, told ABC News station WFTS. "This would be my 10th season having them."

Krista Eva scrapped her holiday plans to monitor the storm.

"A lot of times people don't get prepared because they're like, 'Oh it's just Florida weather. We won't get hit.' I think these last few storms, especially Irma, it woke a lot of people up," she told WFTS.

The National Park Service already announced the closure of West Ship Island, forcing boats in Gulfport Harbor to stay docked.

"It's devastating," National Park Service Cpt. Louis Skrmetta told ABC News station WLOX.

"It's the perfect storm as far as ruining the tourism industry this weekend," Skrmetta said.

Edward Quinn, who runs a Gulfport Marina Bait and Tackle Shop across the harbor, invested $3,000 in a cooling system for the holiday weekend. He expected to earn back "tenfold" with the customers.

That's all on hold and the expensive equipment may have to be moved along with his vessels.

"Hopefully, we don't have to move our boats, but generally when you get winds over 40-50 miles per hour it can cause problems in the marina," Skrmetta told WLOX. "So you would have to move out of these marinas and hopefully that won't be the case here."

There were 79 reports of severe weather in the country on Friday, with the majority of the reports coming from the central United States. Three tornadoes, including one landspout in southern Minnesota and one supercell tornado in central Texas, were reported.

Hail up to the size of baseballs and softballs were also reported in central Texas.

Parts of eastern Montana and western North Dakota are at risk for damaging winds, large hail and lightning.

The following day the threat will stretch from western Kansas into southern North Dakota.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- American Joshua Holt, who has been jailed in Venezuela without a trial for two years, has been released, officials said today.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who has advocated for Holt's release, said he's "honored" to be able to finally reunite the Utah native with his family.

"Over the past two years I've worked with two presidential administrations, countless diplomatic contacts, ambassadors from all over the world, a network of contacts in Venezuela, and President Maduro himself, and I could not be more honored to be able to reunited Josh with his sweet, long suffering family in Riverton," Hatch said in a statement Saturday morning.

In a tweet, the senator released video of the family reuniting.

The elation on display was reinforced by Vice President Mike Pence who tweeted that Holt is "now back home with his family -- where he always belonged."

Earlier, President Donald Trump said via Twitter that Holt will arrive Saturday night in Washington, D.C., where he will be reunited with his family at the White House.

"The great people of Utah will be very happy!"

Holt will be returning to the United States with his wife, Thamara Caleño.

The Mormon missionary traveled to Venezuela in June 2016 to marry Caleño, whom he met on an online Mormon dating site. Holt planned to return to the United States with his new wife and two stepchildren, but they never made it back.

The newlyweds were awaiting visas when Venezuelan police raided their apartment and arrested them on charges of terrorism, espionage and illegal possession of weapons. They were imprisoned in Caracas awaiting trial ever since. Holt and his family maintain they were wrongly accused.

Holt's parents have said their son was kept in appalling conditions, with meager food and limited access to health services, at El Helicoide, the infamous political prison in central Caracas. He had lost a considerable amount of weight and was suffering from kidney stones and painful tooth decay, they said.

They called the release of their son and his wife a "miracle."

"We thank you for your collaboration during this time of anguish," Holt's family said in a statement to The Associated Press on Saturday. "We ask that you allow us to meet with our son and his wife before giving any interviews and statements. We are grateful to all who participated in this miracle."

The news of their release comes just days after Venezuela's presidential election. Nicolas Maduro was re-elected last Sunday for a second six-year term in a vote the United States denounced and said it won't recognize.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --A veteran Border Patrol Agent in Texas shot and killed an undocumented immigrant who was part of a group engaged in "illegal activity" that "rushed" the officer, the agency said, shifting from an earlier statement that the attacked the officer "using blunt instruments."

The woman, identified in an Associated Press report as Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez, was allegedly part of a group allegedly attempting to cross the border into the U.S. around midnight on Wednesday near Rio Bravo, Texas.

The group were described as "illegal aliens" involved in "illegal activity," according to a statement released by the Border Patrol.

Gomez's aunt, Dominga Vicente, said her niece migrated to the U.S. to escape poverty in her native Guatemala, the AP reported. Guatemala's foreign ministry both confirmed Gomez's identity and condemned the shooting, according to the AP.

The agent said the group of immigrants ignored the his demands to "get on the ground" and "instead rushed him," according to the second statement by the agency.

"The agent discharged one round from his service-issued firearm, striking one member of the group" as others in her group fled, the statement reads.

But agents managed to catch three people described in the statement as "three illegal aliens related to the incident."

Medics were called to the scene and attempted to resuscitate the woman, according to the statement.

Border Patrol's initial statement said the agent "attempted to apprehend the group," but "came under attack by multiple subjects using blunt objects."

It's unclear why in a subsequent release by Border Patrol, the mention of "blunt objects" used as weapons was omitted.

A spokesman for Customs and Border Protection acknowledged both statements, but, "outside of that we don’t have anything additional to offer as the FBI is in charge if the investigation," he wrote.

The FBI, Texas Rangers and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility are all investigating what led to Gomez's death.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) -- Mario Batali's three restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip will shut down amid investigations into sexual assault allegations against the celebrity chef, his company announced Friday.

B&B Ristorante, Otto Enotea e Pizzeria and Carnevino Italian Steakhouse, all located on a luxury complex that includes swanky casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, will permanently close July 27. Batali & Bastianich (B&B) Hospitality Group, which Batali helped found, announced the closures in a letter to employees Friday morning.

"These restaurants have continued to succeed, and they are a tribute to every one of you who works in them and brings great dining experiences to our guests," B&B Hospitality Group partner Joe Bastianich said in the letter, obtained by ABC affiliate KTNV. "Unfortunately, our partner in these restaurants, Las Vegas Sands Corp., has decided to end our relationship."

Bastianich said he will visit the three restaurants to speak with employees.

"You are all dedicated professionals who deliver night in and night out for our guests, you are part of our family, and we will all feel your loss," he said in the letter. "It is because of the amazing dining experiences you bring our guests that I am committed to continuing our presence in Las Vegas. I am beginning to explore options, but it will take some time to execute them. Unfortunately, I won't be able to do that in the next 60 days."

Las Vegas Sands Corp., which owns two casino resorts, The Venetian and The Palazzo, on the complex, but does not run the restaurants, said "there are no other plans for the space."

"We would like to thank the team members of B&B Restaurant Group for their dedication and many contributions to The Venetian and The Palazzo. We appreciate the hard work and energy of director of operations Zach Allen, Chef/Culinary Director Nicole Brisson and the rest of this team. At this time, there are no other plans for the space," the casino and resort company said in a statement obtained by KTNV.

Batali is under criminal investigation by the New York City Police Department for two separate instances of sexual assault allegations, one of which was reported on "60 Minutes" last weekend.

The unidentified woman featured in a "60 Minutes" segment last Sunday claims the 57-year-old chef and former TV star drugged and assaulted her after drinking wine together at a popular Manhattan restaurant in 2005.

B&B Hospitality Group told "60 Minutes" that it finds the allegations "deeply disturbing" and that "our partnership with Mr. Batali is ending. We have been actively negotiating with Mr. Batali to buy his interests in the restaurants."

The other allegation was brought to the New York City Police Department late last year, police sources told ABC News. A woman alleges she lost consciousness at a New York City restaurant in 2004 and found Batali on top of her when she awoke.

Batali responded to the allegations in a statement to ABC News on May 21: "I vehemently deny any allegations of sexual assault. My past behavior has been deeply inappropriate and I am sincerely remorseful for my actions. I am not attempting a professional comeback. My only focus is finding a personal path forward where I can continue in my charitable endeavors - helping the underprivileged and those in need."

Last December, four women told the website Eater that Batali had touched them inappropriately.

Batali was subsequently asked to leave ABC's "The Chew," which he had co-hosted since 2011, and he offered to step away from the day-to-day operations of B&B Hospitality Group.

In response to the allegations in the Eater article, Batali issued a statement appearing to acknowledge that he had engaged in "wrong" behavior and apologizing to those whom he has "mistreated and hurt"

"I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt," he said in the statement released late last year. "Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted. That behavior was wrong, and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family."

ABC News' Aaron Katersky, Josh Margolin and Michael Rothman contributed to this report.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A school district in upstate New York was found negligent in the death of a student who committed suicide after he said he was bullied. However, the jury said the negligence was not a factor in his death, and therefore the district would not have to pay a decision to the family.

According to Albany ABC affiliate WTEN-TV, Jacobe Taras' family had sued the South Glens Falls School District and four school employees for $9 million in damages, as well as $250,000 for wrongful death, after the 13-year-old Jacobe committed suicide in 2015.

Jacobe, who lived in Moreau, New York, about 45 miles north of Albany, left a suicide note saying he could no longer put up with bullying at school, WTEN-TV reported.

The defense argued in the case that the district was unaware of the bullying, with defense attorney Malcom O'Hara saying only one witness was presented who saw any bullying behavior toward Jacobe.

Jacobe's mother, Christine Taras, was critical of the school employees, who WTEN-TV reported were hugging after the verdict was announced Friday.

"The teachers can lie and deny and not recall and walk out patting each other on the back and smiling. I don't get where anybody should have had a smile on their face," Christine Taras told WTEN-TV.

Despite the loss in court, Jacobe's family has had success in the state legislature pushing for a bill that would require schools to inform parents if their children were bullied. Both the parents of the kid doing the bullying and the one being bullied would be contacted.

The New York Senate passed the bill, informally known as Jacobe's Law, in February. The bill passed by a vote of 59-0 in the Senate on Feb. 28. The state Assembly has yet to vote on its version of the bill, which remains in committee.

New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia also supports the bill, calling it "a positive change" that can "save lives."

"If we become the brick and the mud that someone gets to step on to walk through the door to give our children a voice in the school, that's what we did," Christine Taras told WTEN-TV after the verdict. "Jacobe's voice was heard. And, believe me, there will be changes in that school system."

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Michael Kovac/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- University of Southern California President C. L. Max Nikias is stepping down over a scandal involving a former campus gynecologist, the school's board of trustees announced Friday.

In a letter to students and faculty members, Rick Caruso, chairman of the Subcommittee of the Executive Committee, said Nikias and the board "agreed to begin an orderly transition and commence the process of selecting a new president."

"We appreciate the voices of the many members of the university community who have expressed indignation from the harm inflicted on our students by Dr. Tyndall," Caruso wrote in a letter to USC students and staff. "As a father of USC students, an alumnus and a member of the USC community, I share your outrage and understand the frustration and anger regarding the situation with the former physician."

Two class-action lawsuits were filed against USC on Thursday by the law firm Janet, Janet and Suggs "on behalf of thousands of female students who were allegedly sexually abused and illicitly photographed by a USC OB/GYN," according to the firm.

Earlier this week, hundreds of faculty members called for Nikias to resign over his handling of sexual abuse allegations against former campus gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall, saying Nikia lacked the "moral authority" to oversee the investigation.

At least six women have sued the university, alleging Tyndall had molested them and took illicit photos during examinations.

"We have heard the message that something is broken and that urgent and profound actions are needed," Caruso wrote in the letter announcing Nikias' resignation. The date of his planned exit was not announced.

Tyndall, who spent 30 years at the USC health clinic, denied wrongdoing in interviews with the Los Angeles Times.

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KTRK(SANTA FE, Texas) -- Survivors of the Santa Fe High School shooting held a press conference Friday in which they detailed what they believe needs to be done to ensure safety in schools and other public places.

The students, many of whom participated in the March for Our Lives rally in response to the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, appeared alongside several members March for Our Lives Houston chapter.

Santa Fe High School junior Megan McGuire told reporters that her goal is to prevent another community from having to endure the same tragedy they are currently going through. McGuire referenced the Sandy Hook and Parkland shootings before touching on the tragedy that recently struck her hometown.

"The truth is that, whatever we are doing as a society, or not doing, is not working," she said. "Inaction is not an option. We must do something, and we must do it right."

The students agreed that school safety is a complex issue but introduced solutions that could contribute to a safer society overall.

Striving for gun safety

McGuire and Santa Fe High School senior Bree Butler both emphasized that they're not trying to take guns away from citizens, acknowledging that they are strong proponents for the Second Amendment and that their fathers are gun owners themselves.

"When I say gun safety, I don't mean take away responsible owner's guns," McGuire said.

McGuire said she simply wants to see "common-sense solutions" put into place to "keep those who wish to harm themselves or others from obtaining guns."

The students want to create a law in the state of Texas for owners to lock up their guns responsibly, so that they do not fall into the hands of children or those who are not mature enough to handle them.

In addition, the students believe it should be the law to report when guns are stolen or go missing and that mental health evaluations and background checks -- for not only the gun owner but his or her family as well -- should be required when purchasing a gun.

Kennedy Rodriguez, a senior at Santa Fe High School, said that if the government is able to regulate cars, which can also kill people when used improperly, "We can have laws and regulations about guns."

"Vote ... it's the most important thing you can do."

The students recently traveled to Austin, the capital of Texas, to speak to lawmakers about a bill they are drafting that would turn the suggestions they discussed into law.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and other politicians were "very receptive" at what the students had to say, Butler said.

Marcel McClinton, a representative for March for Our Lives Houston, said it's "important to note" that the bill speaks to rural, conservative communities in Texas where gun ownership is prominent among citizens.

If the bill is signed into law, it "can make sure that nobody goes through the pain and suffering that we are going through right now," Butler said, instructing citizens to vote out out the lawmakers who "do not believe in this."

"Vote ... it's the most important thing you can do," she said, vowing to "make a change."

McGuire had a message for politicians who believe they can skirt around the issue and "think that doing nothing is acceptable."

"My thought is that, if you do not do something, you do not have a prayer of being elected," she said. "My generation will see to that."

'We've all been bullied'

On the morning of May 18, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis allegedly opened fire into multiple classroom, killing eight students and two teachers.

Pagourtzis' father, Antonios Pagourtzis, likened his son to a victim himself, describing him as a "good boy" who was "bullied at school" in an interview on Monday. Dimitrios Pagourtzis' attorney, Nick Poehl, also told ABC News on Monday that students had informed him that Pagourtzis had been bullied.

The students mostly declined to answer questions about the alleged gunman or the lawsuit filed against the Pagourtzis family, but they were adamant in saying that bullying is not an excuse to shoot up a school.

"We've all been bullied," Butler said, adding that she herself experienced a "really rough" period of bullying in eighth grade.

While Butler said it's essential to "be nice to everyone around you no matter what," she emphasized that, in the context of the shooting at her school, "This is a mental health issue."

"Everybody that's bullied doesn't shoot a school," she said. "This shouldn't be, 'Oh, he was bullied. He's a victim.' He made victims."

McGuire said that, without speaking on behalf of the alleged gunman, "Bullying is not an excuse, at all."

Returning to the scene

Classes at Santa Fe High School will resume on Tuesday, and the students are looking forward to resuming their routine and seeing their friends and teachers, they said.

Butler said seniors were given the option to not return, but she has made the decision to go so she can have closure.

"I don't want that day to be the last day I ever set foot in my high school," she said. "But, also, I'm worried. I'm kind of scared."

McGuire said she's worried about her safety when she returns on Tuesday and for her senior year in the fall.

"It will be a very emotional process," she said. "I'm glad I get to see my teachers and friends at the school. It's been very hard to see them and talk to them in a way that isn't rushed."

The students suggested that metal detectors, more school resource officers and having a licensed therapist on campus -- rather than just counselors who are trained mainly to help students get into college -- could contribute to a safer school environment.

McClinton described the Santa Fe students as "inspirational, dedicated and passionate leaders" who are destined to "create change."

"Change is coming," McClinton said. "Children are dying."

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moodboard/Thinkstock(RICHMOND, Va.) -- Police tased and then fatally shot a naked man after a confrontation on a Virginia highway earlier this month.

Richmond police released the body camera footage of the May 14 incident today.

The footage shows police approaching a car that had been driven off a highway, with an officer ordering the driver to stay in the car.

The officer is heard telling someone on a radio that the person "seems to be mentally unstable."

Moments later, the naked driver, later identified as Marcus-David Peters, runs out of the car towards the highway. He was struck by a car and begins rolling around the highway.

The approaching officer is seen holding a yellow taser. Peters gets up from the ground and starts walking towards the officer. He is heard saying "back the f--- up... put the taser down or I'll kill you."

Peters, 24, then rushes the officer, with the officer yelling for him to back up. At that point in the video, it appears the officer has the yellow taser in his left hand and a black handgun in his right. Two shots are fired, and then Peters runs away from the officer.

Once the two men are separated and another law enforcement officer appears to ask the officer if he tased Peters. The officer wearing the body camera says "I tried to but it didn't work," before radioing in "shots fired." As he and the other law enforcement officer start to walk towards Peters, who had collapsed on the ground at that point, the officer shouts "f---!"

Richmond police chief Alfred Durham said that the investigation is ongoing and asked the community for their patience, the Associated Press reports.

A still image taken from a police body camera shows a police officer pointing his gun at Marcus-David Peters on May 14, 2018, in Richmond, Va.

The AP reported that police have identified the officer wearing the body camera as Michael Nyantakyi, who has been a police officer for 10 years. Nyantakyi, like Peters, is black.

Peters' sister Princess Blanding spoke to the media after the police chief released the video today, telling reporters that her brother had no known mental health issues, the AP reports.

"I cannot diagnose my brother, as he’s not here to be diagnosed," Blanding said, the AP reported. "However, he was clearly in distress and in need of help, and the help was not rendered."

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iStock/Thinkstock(SANTA CLARITA, Calif.) -- A man in a California hospital who thought he'd have to miss his twins' high school graduation got a nice surprise from nurses and staff.

Initially David Bernstein of Santa Clarita said Thursday that staff at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial had told him he'd need to move into a new room.

But when he was wheeled into the new room, he noticed that the room had been decorated with balloons, treats and signs of graduation congratulations.

The staff had also set up a Wi-Fi connection in the room so that he could watch as his 18-year-old twin children, Michael and Valerie Bernstein, walked across the stage at Saugus High School.

"It was overwhelming -- the decorations and the cake," David Bernstein told ABC station KABC-TV on Thursday.

He'd been hospitalized earlier that week but had hoped to be released in time for the graduation. When he learned that he'd actually have to remain in the hospital, David Bernstein said he was "devastated."

His wife, Diane, said she cried in the room when they got the news. She said the nurses and staff had felt badly for the Bernsteins and sought to do something to help them.

"They got a dedicated Wi-Fi line for him and put him in a different room so he was by himself. ... They had it all decorated. ... I was just so touched," Diane Bernstein said. "They were very nice."

She said the twins' college graduation had been a long-awaited milestone, particularly because Michael and Valerie Bernstein were born prematurely at 27 weeks. Both parents said it was a team effort raising the two; David Bernstein remembered making as many as 21 bottles of formula a night for the twins in preparation for the next day.

"A lot of people helped us out. My wife did an amazing job," he said. "They've [Michael and Valerie] grown up to be tall kids and good health and they make good grades in school so very proud."

Both Valerie and Michael Bernstein said their father was missed at the ceremony.

"He's worked with me so much over the years," Valerie Bernstein said. "I am so grateful for him."

"It's something that we've looked forward to," Diane Bernstein said. "They did exceptionally well in school. ... We're very proud of both of them."

On Thursday, as he watched the graduation via livestream, David Bernstein got emotional, saying that he'd thought about this moment for a long time.

"I really wanted to go," he said. "It's been a long time coming. We've made it to a new level. And, it's just a first step in life so more to come. ... Michael and Valerie, very proud of them."

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Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The man who accused George Takei of sexual misconduct a few months ago told ABC News Friday afternoon that despite a recent report to the contrary, he is standing by his original story.

Scott Brunton said that although the The Observer reported that he'd walked back his claim that he was groped by Takei in one night in 1981, he specifically remembers waking up to find the "Star Trek" actor on top of him, trying to remove his underwear.

Though he does not specifically recall Takei touching his genitals, he says he cannot be certain that it did not happen, as he was unconscious for a period of time when they were alone.

"In my mind, there are so many different definitions of groping -- there are different degrees," he said. "When you're yanking on someone's front and back of their underwear, you can't avoid contact."

The Observer author also noted several inconsistencies in interviews Brunton had done, though Brunton explained that some details, such as his weight at that time, merely got away from him, while others, like whether he and Takei ever met again, could be chalked up to a miscommunication.

The question of whether Brunton remembered being groped had been a key point to the Observer author in evaluating Brunton’s claim of sexual misconduct, in part because toxicologists he consulted concluded that Brunton hadn’t been drugged. In the end, the author had characterized the behavior described by Brunton as “making too bold a move on a date who, it turned out, just wanted to be friends.”

Takei, who'd denied molesting Brunton, tweeted the article shortly after its publication. His publicist referred to Takei's statements on social media in light of Brunton's new comments.

"As many of you know, this has been a very difficult period for myself and my husband Brad as we have dealt with the impact of these accusations, but we are happy to see that this nightmare is finally drawing to a close," Takei wrote. "As I stated before, I do not remember Mr. Brunton or any of the events he described from 40 years ago, but I do understand that this was part of a very important national conversation that we as a society must have, painful as it might be.

"It is in that spirit that I want folks to know, despite what he has put us through, I do not bear Mr. Brunton any ill will, and I wish him peace," he continued. "Brad and I are especially grateful for the many fans who stood by me throughout this ordeal. Your support kept us going, and we are so immensely thankful for you."

Brunton, a former model, initially told The Hollywood Reporter that after he'd met Takei, now 81, at a bar, the actor invited him back to his home for a nightcap. There, he said, he became "disoriented and dizzy" after having two drinks, and it was then, he claimed, the actor fondled him.

"I came to and said, 'What are you doing?!' I said, 'I don't want to do this.' He goes, 'You need to relax. I am just trying to make you comfortable. Get comfortable.' And I said, 'No. I don't want to do this.' And I pushed him off, and he said, 'OK, fine,'" Brunton said. "And I said, 'I am going to go, and he said, 'If you feel you must. You're in no condition to drive.' I said, 'I don't care I want to go.'"

Takei, who is best known for playing Hikaru Sulu on the original "Star Trek" television series, tweeted that he did not remember ever meeting Brunton, and "the events he describes back in the 1980s simply did not occur."

"Right now it is a he said / he said situation, over alleged events nearly 40 years ago," Takei wrote. "But those that know me understand that non-consensual acts are so antithetical to my values and my practices, the very idea that someone would accuse me of this is quite personally painful."

Brunton told ABC News that he does not understand Takei's claim, and is hoping for an apology. He also wants to clear his own name.

"I have friends around the world, people I went to school with, basically calling me a liar," he said. "It's really, really disturbing."

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iStock/Thinkstock(PORTLAND) -- Multiple people have been injured in a hit-and-run crash in Portland, Oregon, according to police.

Three women were struck around 10 a.m. and transported to local hospitals, the Portland Police Department said in a press conference. Two of the women were injured critically, and the other suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

The crash happened near Portland State University, The Associated Press reported. The victims were walking on the sidewalk when they were struck, police said.

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Google Maps(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- A 30-year-old man ordered by a judge to move out of his parents' home in upstate New York has been offered a job and a starting bonus by a restaurant chain.

Villa Italian Kitchen apparently thinks Michael Rotondo would fit its recipe for success. The chain wrote in a Facebook post that "it's tough out there," particularly for millennials, and offered the young man a store-level job and training at any of its 250 locations worldwide.

The company also decided to offer him a "signing bonus" of $1,101, saying it would beat an offer of $1,100 from his parents, an apparent reference to money Rotondo's parents, Mark and Christina Rotondo, gave their son earlier this year to help him move out.

Michael Rotondo told "Good Morning America" this week that he accepted the money but spent it on "other things."

The 30-year-old had been living rent-free at his parents' home in Camillus, New York, near Syracuse, when they asked a court to force him to leave. A State Supreme Court judge ruled in the parents' favor Tuesday, ordering him to move out.

Villa Italian Kitchen wrote in its post, "Offer from us is on the table for $1,101 to come join our team. Consider it a signing bonus. We gotchu, bud,"

(MORE: 30-year-old ordered to vacate parents' home claims they harassed him)

"We feel that millennials catch a lot flack for everything from being lazy to killing department stores, but in reality, it can be difficult to start a career so we decided to try to help Michael out," Villa Italian Kitchen COO Andrew Steinberg told ABC News. Steinberg, who has been with the restaurant for 21 years confirmed the chain has reached out to Rotondo, "but have not received a response yet."

"The offer is still on the table and we would be happy to discuss this opportunity with him if he is interested," he said.

The closest Villa Italian Kitchen location to Camillus, New York, is in Waterloo, according to Steinberg, which is about 30 miles away.

"We are always looking for people who want to make a difference and who are looking for their 'piece of the pie,' whether they live in a penthouse or their parents’ house," Steinberg said. "We believe that with the right training and a supportive atmosphere, Michael has the potential to be a successful employee."

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WSB(ATLANTA) -- A Georgia police officer is being called a hero after he saved a baby from choking.

Marietta officer Nick St. Onge responded to a 911 call May 15 from a woman who said her 2-month-old infant was conscious but not breathing, according to a statement by the Marietta Police Department.

The act was caught on dashcam and bodycam footage.

Officer St. Onge, a five-year veteran of the department, arrived at the scene to find a woman standing in the parking lot, holding the baby, police said.

The woman holding the baby was Kianna Dorsey, her grandmother.

“She only had a bottle,” Dorsey is heard saying in the video. “That’s all she had.”

The baby appeared lifeless and was turning blue, police said. Officer St. Onge began CPR, using chest thrusts and back blows to try and clear the baby’s airways.

“There we go. Come on, baby. Come on,” St. Onge says in the video.

After a couple minutes, police said, the infant started to respond to the CPR, crying and breathing irregularly

St. Onge had recently taken a CPR class in February that helped him during this incident, he told ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV.

Fire department paramedics arrived shortly afterward and took over.

Dorsey called St. Onge the family’s hero.

But the officer said, “I’m just the guy who showed up to do what he had to do.”

The baby was released from the hospital and is home with her family.

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