5 things to know: Tuesday

5 things to know: Tuesday

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Floydada ISD considers arming teachers

FLOYDADA, Texas - Just last week, Floydada ISD joined a long list of school districts dealing with violent threats.

Superintendent Gilbert Trevino said since the Parkland shooting and social media threat, he's consulted with the school's resource officer. 

Te district's now in the preliminary stages of implementing a new policy, allowing teachers with a license to carry to bring their fire-arm into the classroom. 

"Of course they would need to pass some type of mental health survey," Trevino said. "Somebody I envision carrying in our district is somebody who works well under pressure, somebody, for example coaches, would be an ideal market."

The district is also looking into implementing active shooter drills..

In our area, New deal and Roosevelt ISD already have similar policies in place allowing teachers to carry. 


Third child arrested after spree of social media threats in Levelland

LEVELLAND, Texas - Levelland police will hold two children in custody after a spree of social media threats and false reports at the middle and high school.

Both schools were forced into lockdowns for hours over notes left in the bathrooms.

A 15 year old and an 11 year old boy will stay at the Lubbock County Detention Center over making false reports and terroristic threats.

A 15 year old girl will undergo evaluation at a local hospital.


Video games: Too violent or just a scapegoat?

LUBBOCK, Texas - President Trump addressed school safety at a meeting Thursday and said it's time to shift the focus to the media kids are consuming, namely movies and video games.

Texas Tech Professor John Velez studies video games and said there's no weight to the claim that game brutality molds players into violent criminals.

He said that most people are using video games as a scapegoat and a way to cast blame on something other than the real problem. He thinks that those who don't play video games don't understand.

"The misconception of gamers is that 'they enjoy being violent'," Velez said. "No, they enjoy solving puzzles, they enjoy overcoming challenges. I think people that don't play games and are usually the ones making these statements don't have experience. They only see the violence and the gore."

More than 90 percent of children in the U.S. play video games and among the ages 12-17, that number rises to 97 percent.

Experts say the best advice: is monitoring their gameplay, not an all out prohibition. 


Trump says lawmakers need to buck NRA every once in a while

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says political leaders sometimes need to buck the National Rifle Association.

Republicans controlling Congress are less sure of that approach, keeping largely quiet amid public calls for stricter gun laws.

In the Senate, a bipartisan bill seeks to strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Trump's ideas to arm many teachers, lift the minimum age for purchasing assault rifles to 21 and impose stricter background checks have fallen flat so far. The White House is inviting lawmakers from both parties for meetings this week.

The Senate's No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, questions Trump's proposal to raise the age limit for assault weapons, calling it an arbitrary age increase.


Supreme Court declines to take on DACA, bringing relief to beneficiaries

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Supreme Court will not hear arguments over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, (DACA), meaning the federal court injunctions to keep DACA will stand and the government must keep the program running past the original March 5 deadline.

It's far from a fix, courts in New York and San Francisco will hear arguments over these stays. 

Congress tried and failed to provide a solution as part of broader immigration reform, now the court's forcing the administration to keep the program around.

"With the announcement that was made this morning from the supreme court that they would not hear the case, they will not jump the lower courts," said Christopher Ponce, a Texas Tech senior. "That means March 5 is no longer be a threat for us." 

Ponce is protected under the DACA program and said this decision is a promising light for the program's 1.8 million recipients, but still hopes lawmakers will pull it together and come up with a real long term solution. 

"Just because this happened, they shouldn't stop working on it," said Ponce. "I know they won't and that's why I'm really optimistic and I know something will get done it just may take longer than that." 

Congress has shelved immigration reform after four proposals failed to pass. The president sticks to his guns on the deal urging democrats to appropriate money for border security, and immigration reform in exchange for DACA protection.

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