Armed in the classroom

first_imgHerald on Sunday 9 Oct 2011Teachers are trying to fathom why an increasing number of kids, some as young as 5, bring weapons to school. Teachers are allowed to search children for weapons and drugs, but many are nervous of doing this one-on-one. Children as young as 5 are among the alarming number of pupils who have been suspended or stood down for having weapons at school. Figures the Herald on Sunday obtained through the Official Information Act show more than 1000 students have been removed from schools for possessing or using a weapon in the past two years. At least 700 cases involved knives, blades, hammers, scissors and guns, including replicas.FAVOURITE WEAPONS* Knife: 450* Gun, including toy: 219* Scissors: 36* Blade: 12* Hammer: 11http://www.nzherald.co.nz/education/news/article.cfm?c_id=35&objectid=10757633last_img read more

LA Lakers topped by Golden State Warriors in season finale

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“The start they got off to was really indicative of the joy Luke brought back to the team and to the daily routine and the energy in which they played,” Kerr said. “Then reality set in. You have to have talent in this league. Obviously, the Lakers haven’t had enough.”On Wednesday, second-year guard D’Angelo Russell missed his second consecutive game while grieving with family in Louisville, Ky. after his grandmother passed away on Sunday. Though the Lakers still featured plenty of offensive balance with Jordan Clarkson (17 points), Tyler Ennis (14 points, five assists), Larry Nance Jr. (13 points, 11 rebounds), Julius Randle (13 points) and Brandon Ingram (11 points), they didn’t have enough to stop Golden State’s fine-tuned offense.Walton went 39-4 as the Warriors’ interim head coach last season while Kerr recovered from a spinal leak stemmed from offseason back surgery. Kerr sees encouraging signs with how Walton developed and related to his young players, and credited Walton for the Lakers winning five of their last six games to close the season.“Luke is in it for the long haul. I would imagine the Lakers front office is in it for the long haul with Luke, too,” Kerr said. “They know what a special person he is and great person he is. So it’s a process. It’s going to take a while. But they made the right step this first year.”The Lakers’ front office has said similar things, including governor Jeanie Buss, president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka. Walton described his daily conversations with Johnson and Pelinka as “awesome” and “open.” “Our main focus is finishing this season out with momentum, but it’s also a really important time for the franchise coming up in the next couple of months,” Walton said. “So they’re still getting things in place and organized for how they want things to happen with what they’re doing.”The Lakers might offer more clarity when they have exit meetings for players on Thursday. But the Lakers will not all the pieces to their offseason puzzle until they see if they retain their top three-protected first-round draft pick. They have a 46.9 percent chance of retaining it during the NBA draft lottery on May 16. Then, the Lakers will proceed with draft workouts in June and free agency in July.For now, a season that leaves them with an extensive to-do list is over. OAKLAND >> The season started with the Lakers hoping Luke Walton’s presence on the sideline would help his young players emulate what made the Golden State Warriors so great. Nearly six months later, the Lakers concluded the 2016-17 season with another reminder of how wide that gap remains.The Lakers fell to the Golden State Warriors 109-94 on Wednesday at Oracle Arena for all the expected reasons. Warriors forward Kevin Durant dominated in the post and from the perimeter to score a team-high 29 points on 11-of-16 shooting (5 for 7 from 3-point range). Though they shot only a combined 10 for 29 from the field, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson still combined for 32 points.So, the Lakers (26-56) cap the season missing the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, while Lakers coach Luke Walton views the Warriors (67-15) as the “best team in the league.” But after seeing Walton work as an assistant for the previous two seasons with Golden State, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Walton has “done an amazing job” in his first season as the Lakers’ coach.Kerr listed the familiar circumstances that led to what most expected would be another challenging season, including a young but unproven roster and the lack of a definitive star following Kobe Bryant’s retirement. Kerr then cited the Lakers’ 10-10 start that included an upset over Golden State, only to spiral amid injuries and inconsistent performances.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more