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4 students shot at block party outside Atlanta University Center library

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Four students were injured in a shooting at a block party Tuesday night outside an Atlanta University Center library.

The female students, who police said are ages 17 to 19, were taken to a hospital with injuries ranging from graze wounds to gunshot wounds. They were hit when two groups started shooting in front of the Robert W. Woodruff Library on James P. Brawley Drive.

“It appears there were two separate groups that were targeting each other, and these people were just caught in the crossfire,” Atlanta police Capt. William Ricker told Channel 2 Action News.

According to the news station, two of the injured students are from Spelman College and two are from Clark Atlanta University. One woman was shot in the chest and another was shot in the leg. 

Their conditions are unknown Wednesday morning.

The party was in celebration of the end of new student orientation and the start of classes Wednesday, Channel 2 reported. The gunfire around 10:30 p.m. drew a large police response from Clark Atlanta University’s Department of Public Safety and Atlanta police.

“We heard multiple shots being fired and everybody started running,” a Morehouse College junior who did not wish to be identified told the news station. “There was just a whole bunch of confusion in the area.”

Clark Atlanta police Chief Debra Williams asked students to stay clear of the library overnight while an investigation was underway. Officers canvassed the area and talked to witnesses. 

“For somebody to come over here and just start shooting stuff up when people just trying to have fun, it’s kind of ridiculous,” second-year student Alexis Carter told Channel 2. 

It is unknown if the shooters are also students at the Atlanta University Center, which includes Morehouse and Spelman colleges and Clark Atlanta University. 

A prayer vigil has been scheduled for noon Wednesday on the promenade, a brick walkway that runs in front of the library and continues through Clark Atlanta’s campus.

“Evil will not have its way on our campus,” the Clark Atlanta University Office of Religious Life said in an Instagram post announcing details of the vigil.

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Texas officer pulled out woman’s tampon on side of road, settlement expected

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SAN ANTONIO – The city of San Antonio is scheduled to vote Thursday on a possible $205,000 settlement for a woman who claims a San Antonio Police officer pulled out her tampon and searched her vaginal cavity on a public street in August 2016.

Natalie D. Simms filed a federal lawsuit against the city of San Antonio after she was approached by police while sitting on the side of a public street, talking on the phone and waiting for her boyfriend.

Simms had driven her car to the area and consented to a vehicle search by police, according to the lawsuit.

Documents show that despite not finding anything illegal during the search of the vehicle, a female officer was called to the scene to search Simms’ body.

Detective Mara Wilson, who is now retired, arrived on scene and conducted the search on Simms in front of several male officers. The search was also partially recorded by a dash camera on Wilson’s police vehicle.

The lawsuit details the conversation between Simms and Wilson during the search and indicates Simms did not consent to a vaginal search.

Wilson pulled Natalie’s pants and underwear down in public and used her flashlight to search the area, in addition to pulling a string attached to a tampon out of Simms vagina, according to the lawsuit.

The conversation between Simms and Wilson, taken directly from the lawsuit, reads:

WILSON: Uh-huh. Are you wearing a tampon, too?
SIMMS: Yes.
WILSON: Okay. I just want to make sure that’s what it is. Is that a tampon?
SIMMS: Come on. Yes.
WILSON: Huh? Is that a tampon?
SIMMS: It’s full of blood, right? Why would you do that?
WILSON: I don’t know. It looked like it had stuff in there.
SIMMS: There ain’t nothing in there.

Wilson also commented on the amount of pubic hair Simms had and continued to tell Simms they could not go to the police station to finish conducting the search, despite Simms’ persistence, the lawsuit states.

Simms was allowed to drive away following the search when officers didn’t find anything illegal. She filed the lawsuit in March 2018.

If approved during Thursday’s city council meeting, the settlement money would be paid from the city’s self-insurance liability fund.

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Mother says 12-Year-Old son Suspended From Worcester Middle School for Hugging Gym Teacher

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A 12-year-old student in Worcester, Massachusetts, has been suspended for hugging a gym teacher.

The foster mother of the Forest Grove Middle School student is asking for change after the boy was suspended for 10 days and given a record of physical assault of a teacher.

“I was told he had put his hands on a teacher,” said Julie Orozco. “I was shocked and asked for details on what happened, and then I was told that he hugged his gym teacher.”

“At the end of the day, I just hugged her, nothing really happened,” the seventh-grader said.

NBC10 Boston is not identifying the 12-year-old boy, but Orozco says he fully admits he was fooling around with friends in gym class when the teacher told him to sit out.

“And then I went over just like, and I gave her a hug and said, ‘Please, I don’t want to sit out’ because I like the game,” he said.

After sitting out for five minutes, the teacher allowed him to play.

“I don’t expect the teacher to have to be OK with being touched or being hugged, but I do expect as an educator that she educate what the boundaries are in her classroom,” Orozco said.

She says after several phone calls, emails and an eventual hearing, she got his school record reduced to “disruption of school” and his suspension reduced to four days. But she says there’s nothing in the school handbook about hugs and she doesn’t want this incident to be held against him in the future.

“If you can admit to me that you didn’t have a mechanism or a process, or any way of informing students what your expectations were, but then in the same breath you say to me, ‘He’s 12, he should know hugs are not OK,’ it’s confounding,” Orozco said.

Reached by phone, the school district’s safety director said the district has no comment on the matter.

Orozco has been invited by the school committee to speak at their meeting Thursday about what her son is going through.

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Texas police officer facing DWI charges after being found passed out at drive-thru

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Corpus Christi Police Department officer is facing DWI charges after being found passed out at a drive-thru this weekend.

Donnie Mersing, Jr., 51, was arrested at 3:08 a.m Saturday. According to court documents, officers were dispatched to the Whataburger on the 4000 block of IH-69. An off-duty officer said he found Mersing sitting in the driver seat of his truck, asleep in the drive-thru.

That off-duty officer said Whataburger staff told him Mersing had ordered and was passed out between the two drive-thru windows. The off-duty officer walked outside and started hitting the the vehicle window to wake up Mersing.

According to the report, “it took him awhile to wake up but when he did he found that Mersing seemed out of it.”

The off-duty officer had Mersing pull into a parking stall in order to clear the line of vehicles waiting behind him.

Once Mersing pulled into a parking spot, he handed the officer his driver’s license and his Corpus Christi Police Department’s identification card.

When an officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department arrived, she found that Mersing had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.

According to the report, he “had an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting for his person.”

Mersing told the officer he had been up since 5:30 a.m. He was tired and fell asleep. Mersing said he just stopped at Whataburger to get a breakfast burger and was heading back home.

According to the report, Mersing told the officer he was coming from his home. He also said he had a six-pack of Bud Light around noon and also had a beer with dinner.

Mersing was arrested for driving while intoxicated. He was taken to the City Detention Center where he refused to provide a breath specimen.

A judge set Mersing’s bond at $2,500. He bonded out of the Nueces County Jail later that day.

There’s no word yet on Mersing’s status with the Corpus Christi Police Department.

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