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Manuel Oliver creates a mural outside South Congregational Church in Springfield, Massachusetts, on April 20, 2018.
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The father of one of the students killed in Parkland, Florida in February was in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Friday, making his opinions known through art.

At 10:00 am Friday morning, hundreds of students walked out of Ridgefield High School to send a message to lawmakers that they want new gun legislation enacted. Theirs was one of 2,500 schools across the country taking part in the day of action.

Parkland Parent Paints Mural In Springfield, Mass., To Call For Gun Control

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Patricia and Manuel Oliver lost their son, Joaquin, in the Parkland school shooting. Now Manuel is touring the country installing murals calling for more gun control.
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More than two months ago, Nikolas Cruz allegedly entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and opened fire. In all, he shot and killed 17 people, leaving another 17 wounded.

When Lane Murdock, a high school sophomore, heard that 17 high school students and educators had been killed in a shooting in Parkland, Fla., she says she felt numb.

To her, and so many others, mass shootings can feel all too common in the U.S.

"In the time I've been in high school we've had the Pulse, Las Vegas and now, [the Parkland] shooting," Murdock says.

A March for Our Lives rally at Court Square in Springfield, Massachusetts, in March 2018.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican / MassLive.com/photos

Students across the country are walking out of school Friday to advocate for gun control. In Massachusetts, where schools are closed for vacation week, local activists are holding a community conversation in Springfield. 

Connecticut Juvenile Training School Closes

Apr 13, 2018

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said Friday that he’s not expecting the Connecticut Juvenile Training School in Middletown, the state’s only juvenile prison, to ever be used again as a youth detention facility.

“We can reasonably predict that we will have less need for prisons in the future,” Malloy said, “So whether this prison, as badly built and designed as it was, will ever be used for something? I am not sure whether those cells will be. They were cells that were built, for instance, without toilets. Which, you know, made not sense at all.”

The Vermont Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that prosecutors did not have enough evidence to hold without bail a man accused of planning a mass shooting at a high school in February. The ruling may bolster renewed calls by the defense to dismiss the case.

Massachusetts state Sen. Eric Lesser in a file photo.
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As the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a bill to increase oversight of the student loan industry in the state, the measure's House backers pointed to their own borrowing experiences to make the case for why their chamber should follow suit.

A bus carrying dozens of high school students, returning from a spring break trip to Europe, struck a low-clearance bridge overpass on Long Island on Sunday night.

Photos show the bus roof mangled or sheared off along the entire length of the bus. Most of the passengers experienced minor injuries, with a handful of more serious injuries; no fatalities have been reported.

When you bring up teacher diversity at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, the students will be the first to tell you things could be better. Senior Lorra Marseille says she can only think of two teachers of color off the top of her head.

“I’ve had Mr. Dua,” said Marseille. “And then this semester I had Ms. Campbell.”

Schoolwide, the actual number is closer to 40 out of roughly 150.

I met Marseille after school one day. She was one of about 20 kids hanging out in history and psychology teacher Kevin Dua’s room.

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