Monday, September 18, 2017

Cheney pot shop employee found dead, turmoil continues in St. Louis, and morning headlines

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Freeman High shooting examined
After last Wednesday's tragic shooting at Freeman High School, in which one student was killed and three were injured by gunfire:

• A WSU psychologist spoke with the Inlander about recognizing warning signs and supporting teens through complex emotions.
• A Freeman alum reflects on her time growing up in the community and how she thinks people should respond to these acts of violence.
• Legal experts discuss possible outcomes for the shooter, who could face a significantly longer prison term if tried as an adult.
• News emerged Friday that while one mom left her car on the highway to run and see if her child was OK, someone stole her purse from the car, then went on a shopping spree to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars.

Other news sources on Freeman:

• The shooting took place on the shooter's first day back to school after being suspended. After passing notes to fellow students that caused concern, a counselor and the school told the shooter's parents, and suspended him until he was cleared by a mental health evaluation, the Spokesman-Review's Thomas Clouse reports.
• KXLY reports that the mother of Sam Strahan, the student killed during the shooting, issued a formal statement, thanking the community for support and privacy, and saying, "This could have been prevented!"


Body of kidnapped Cheney man found; community plans memorial
Cameron Smith, the Cheney pot shop employee who was allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint last weekend, has been found dead, and his community is mourning, reports the Spokesman-Review's Nina Culver.

Turmoil in St. Louis

Protests continued throughout the weekend in St. Louis after a white officer was acquitted of murder charges in a 2011 shooting death of a black man. Officers made more than 80 arrests Sunday night, and reportedly shouted "Whose streets? Our streets!" a chant more commonly used by protesters. (CNN, Washington Post)

Dreamers explore option of going back to Mexico
In Seattle, young people brought to the U.S. by parents when they were children heard from the Mexican consulate that they will be welcomed by Mexican businesses who could use their high level of education and English-speaking skills, the Seattle Times' Nina Shapiro reports. But many of the "Dreamers" question what that would really look like.

Nepotism in Oregon legislature
The Oregonian reports that a quarter of legislators in Oregon hire their family members to work in their offices on the taxpayer's dime.

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Samantha Wohlfeil

Samantha Wohlfeil covers the environment, rural communities and cultural issues for the Inlander. Since joining the paper in 2017, she's reported how the weeks after getting out of prison can be deadly, how some terminally ill Eastern Washington patients have struggled to access lethal medication, and other sensitive...