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Weekly News Briefs: Feb. 19


Atlanta Public Schools reassure parents of students’ safety
Atlanta Public Schools executive director Marquenta Sands Hall announced that local school systems will be taking extra precautions following the Florida high school shooting. According to the Marietta Daily Journal, she said they will now plan on re-implementing surprise drills, including active shooter ones at random times and schools. Both APS superintendent Meria Carstarphen and the Fulton County School System sent out statements shortly after the shooting reassuring parents they will continue to do their best to keep their children safe.


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Students plan ‘March for our Lives’ campaign
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who survived the shooting that left 17 dead and dozens injured announced sunday morning they will be taking their cause to Washington. Students across the nation will march in Washington on March 24 as part of their March for our Lives campaign. According to BBC, the march will serve as a call for action towards lawmakers, and plans for similar marches across other U.S. cities on the same day have already began on social media. In the Sunday press conference student survivors said the motivation behind the movement is to make sure gun regulations become a priority for lawmakers.


Over 450 Boko Haram suspects released
A Nigerian court has released 475 Boko Haram suspects due to lack of evidence, according to Al Jazeera. The individuals were being detained for years without charge, and were all suspects of having connections to the terrorist group, or concealing information about the group’s plans and whereabouts. According to the justice ministry, hey will all be returned to their home countries for rehabilitation, and then sent back to their families.

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