Saturday afternoon, Canton Head Football Coach and Athletics Director Gary Joe Kinne was still in critical condition at a Tyler hospital. Kinne was shot at the high school's field house Thursday morning.More >>
Canton HS Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Gary Joe Kinne was shot as school got underway Thursday morning. The suspect has been identified as Jefferey Doyal Robertson. The picture you see is of the victim of the shooting, Gary Joe Kinne.More >>
They got to the scene in minutes -- parents called to Canton High School, after their children were put under lockdown inside.
For more than five hours, the only means of communication was cell phones.
"I love you," Casey Hardin told her daughter, Olivia, on the phone. "We'll get you out of there pretty quickly."
One student talked to us from inside a classroom: "We've been couped up in the same class since 1st period."
Anxiety turned into frustration for parents trying to figure out what was happening. They relied mostly on rumors for most of the day.
"I wish the school would send somebody out here to let us know what's going on," John Sickel, a father of two students, said. "I've got two little girls inside the school that want out."
"I haven't been able to contact my son since this happened," Carrie Birdwell, a mother, said.
A national prayer group called Life Choices spent all day at the school. They happened to be speaking at a school in Athens and heard the news. They were with the family of a victim in the Columbine High School shooting.
"Father God, we invite you back into the schools of America," Sarah Mallett prayed, holding hands with the other group members in a circle. "We kicked you out so many years ago. We just want your presence in our schools, God."
Just after 2:00 this afternoon, the parents heard the announcement they had been waiting for all day. The suspect was in custody, and the students could go home safe and unharmed. We spoke to some of them as they left the building.
"I'm in football, so at the first of school, we were down at the field house about 15 minutes before the incident occurred," Eric Crapanzano, a student, said. "Me and the coach's son. We didn't know what it was, so were still goofing around."
But he realized it was no joke when the coach's son was removed from the classroom.
"It was pretty scary," Olivia Hardin, another student, said. "I was just worried about everybody and our coach and just wanted to go home."
And after hours of waiting, they finally could.
"Yes, very relieved," Cindi Curlee, one student's mother, said.
Canton students will go back to school as usual tomorrow.
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The same storm system that brought devastation to our north Sunday and Monday to Oklahoma and Kansas will affect East Texas later today with a threat of severe storms including tornadoes. ThunderstormsMore >>
Conditions are coming together that could lead to a significant severe weather outbreak across East Texas today. More >>
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(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
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A Wichita, Kansas television station was forced to evacuate while on the air as a massive tornado touched down nearby. NBC affiliate KSNW meteorologist J.D. Rudd saw that the tornado was headed straightMore >>
A Wichita, Kansas television station was forced to evacuate while on the air as a massive tornado touched down nearby.More >>
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A copy of a daily journal Allen's mother says her son kept, documenting school bullying
An ArkLaTex mother says her son was pushed to the edge by bullying, and took his own life as a result. More >>
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