The Week In Review

In case you had your head buried in the books all week, here’s a look at what made headlines across the globe.


The third school shooting in a week took center stage. Thirty-one-year-old Charles Roberts broke into a one-room Amish schoolhouse, separated the girls from the boys and adults, and gunned down the 10 girls.

Police said Roberts freed the boys and adults and then lined the 10 girls up against the blackboard before shooting them.

At Famuan press time, five of the girls had died and the others are in critical condition in the hospital.

Police said Roberts called his wife before the shooting and told her that he had molested a relative years earlier and had thoughts of molesting again.

However, they have not established a motive for the shooting.


Students, faculty, alumni and other members of the university community gathered in Lee Hall Auditorium to celebrate Florida A&M University’s Founders Day.

The Founders’ Day Convocation celebrated 119 years of excellence at FAMU.

Meredith Gibbs, who is the great-granddaughter of one of FAMU’s co-founders, was the keynote speaker.

Gibbs focused on the welfare of blacks and encouraged students to never let any obstacles stand in their way, set only the highest standards and practice faith.


The Student Government Association Supreme Court voted to make the Mr. FAMU trial open to the public.

Mr. FAMU, Cyrah Hawkins, is fighting to keep his title after a writ of injunction was filed after his grade point average was discovered to be less than 2.8.

Some argue that because Hawkins does not hold a 2.8, he should not be allowed to serve as Mr. FAMU.

On Sept. 27, 23 senators voted against dethroning Hawkins, which allowed him to keep the title for the time being. But the writ of injunction still stood.

Because of the writ of injunction, Hawkins has been unable to fulfill the duties of Mr. FAMU, such as traveling to football games, recruiting or any other duties associated with the position.


Funerals for four of the girls killed during Monday’s shooting at an Amish schoolhouse were held.

The fifth girl killed in the attack is scheduled to be buried today.

The families asked for privacy of mourners and prayed at the girl’s homes before taking their bodies to a hilltop cemetery for burial.

To honor their requests, police blocked roads leading into the village.

Up to 500 people were expected to attend each funeral.

Amish custom calls for simple wooden caskets for burial. An Amish girl is typically laid to rest in a white dress, cape and white prayer-covering on her head.

Meanwhile, at least four other girls injured in the shootings are still in critical condition in the hospital.

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