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for our kids and for our staff. >> reporter: cbs news has learned u.s. schools have spent $150 million in federal dollars since 2018 for so-called school hardening, including in logan county, west virginia. >> we have over 100 cameras either inside or outside of chattanooga regional high school. >> reporter: but even senators who helped pursue this grant money question if it's a solution. >> so we're going to build bunkers and castles for our children, and, does that solve this problem? >> reporter: states have also expanded the use of armed school resource officers, a trend that surged nationwide after the 2012 sandy hook tragedy. so, what's the role? are they a shield for the school, or are they the tool to keep kids turning to violence? >> they have to go from officer friendly, where they're up there greeting students when they get out of the car pool line or off the buses in the morning, to, you know, "there's an intruder in the school. i've got to react now." >> reporter: but some of america's largest school districts recently removed the
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officers from buildings amid calls for police reform. there may be schools saying we really fast. you don't think that's the solution? >> absolutely not. there is an actual way in which we can do both-- ensure that our kids are safe, while at the same time, not over-policing and over-hardening our schools. >> reporter: hundreds of u.s. schools will likely apply for these federal school safety grants this year, but it's worth noting-- uvalde's schools doubled their security spending in recent years. they have their own police department. and, tony, tragically, that wasn't enough. >> dokoupil: scott macfarlane for us in washington, d.c. scott, thank you very much. and, of course, the epidemic of gun violence is not limited to school buildings, not limited to classrooms. it's also hit churches and terrorized city streets in this country. the spike in violence has taken a toll as well. the c.d.c. says guns are now america's leading cause of death for children. in tonight's "eye on america,"
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cbs' mark strassmann highlights an atlanta program now trying to teach a life-saving lesson. >> reporter: america's scourge, atlanta's tragedy. >> everything just seemed normal and he then busted out his strat and started shooting. >> reporter: a burst of alarming gun violence. >> gun violence is out of control, and we're going to put an end to it here in atlanta. >> reporter: 66 shooting deaths here so far-- 56 of them, black males. >> it's become acceptable to use violence. it's-- it's become acceptable for these knee-jerk reactions with violence. >> it's something that's so small, but people still will react violently. >> reporter: joshua byrd's pilot program in atlanta schools focuses on black teens, overwhelmingly victims of gun culture. >> some kids are just lost. like, they don't know nothing else at all. they're just lost. >> reporter: and is there any chance of reaching those kids? >> it's a slim chance. >> reporter: across america, black males ages 15 to 34-- 2% of the population, 38% of gun violence fatalities in 2020. 20 times more likely to die from a gunshot than their white
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peers. which makes sixth grader demontae weems nervous. >> you see people with guns and stuff walking around, thinking that they're the stuff because they have a weapon. >> reporter: alarmingly, gun homicides nationally jumped 35% in 2020. byrd, a former marine and cop, volunteers with the 100 black men of atlanta. >> when in a fight, you might be losing your life, right. >> reporter: he saw his first shooting when he was seven. over 10 two-hour sessions, byrd teaches de-escalation. >> what we want to do is prevent the conflict and then go to the experts. >> reporter: walk away and live. >> it's got to be a community-wide effort. >> reporter: how do you punch through? >> they're looking for structure and they're looking for consistency. >> reporter: and they need both, quickly, in a city where indiscriminate gun killings now wound its sense of self. for "eye on america," i'm mark
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of the tough guy role, his most memorable performance as mobster henry hill in "goodfellas." >> why did you do that? >> reporter: as menacing as he was on screen, liotta claimed he never had a fight off-screen. he died at this hotel in the dominican republic, his fiancée, jacy nittolo, by his side. paramedics were called to the scene about 6:00 a.m. and tried to revive the actor with c.p.r., but could not. his cause of death has not been released. in this 1990 interview, liotta describes what led up to "goodfellas." >> people would ask me, you know, "what directors would you like to work with, what actors?" and it was martin scorsese at the top of the list as a director, and robert de niro as an actor. >> reporter: today, de niro said of liotta, "he is way too young to have left us." their former costar lorraine bracco tweeted, "i am utterly shattered." a year before "goodfellas," he starred as baseball legend shoeless joe jackson in "field
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of dreams." >> it was a crowd rising to their feet, and the ball was hit deep. >> reporter: he landed roles in movies as diverse as "cop land" and "corrina, corrina." you say you don't have time to cook. >> reporter: liotta was in the middle of a career resurgence, with films like "the many saints of newark." >> maybe some of the things you choose to do aren't god's favorite. >> reporter: ray liotta was working until the end, his legacy etched forever. liotta leaves behind a 23-year-old daughter, and his fiancée, who he called the love of his life. many didn't know that the star had humble beginnings-- liotta was adopted from an orphanage as a baby in new jersey. tony. >> dokoupil: jamie, thank you. monkeypox spreading across the u.s. where new cases have been found. and, donald trump's legal troubles grow.
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trump issued a statement earlier this year calling the accusations false. up next, how one senseless act of violence can change a community forever.
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>> dokoupil: as we head into the memorial day weekend, a federal holiday set aside to mourn u.s. military personnel who died in service of our country, the town of uvalde is also remembering the 21 people whose lives were cut short in the building behind me-- not on the battlefield, but in a school classroom. it was supposed to be the last day of school here in uvalde, texas. but instead of buildings buzzing with kids saying farewell to the year, the student parking lot is empty at the high school. and while the senior photos are still there along main street, they're joined now nearby by 19 crosses bearing the names of children who will be forever in elementary school. they would have been your
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students. >> they would have been my students. >> dokoupil: and down the road at a local salon where students and parents might otherwise be trying to look their best for pictures, a stylist says she's getting no-shows, and inside, we see the empty chairs. they're still busy across the street at the florist. >> we are so swamped. >> dokoupil: you're swamped. but instead of flowers for graduation, they're serving mourners and grieving families. there will not be a commencement celebration this week in uvalde, at least not at the stadium everyone here calls the honey bowl-- not for the seniors, who just this week stopped by the elementary school for high-fives. instead, the folding chairs will stay folded, as this city, this community, looks for some way, any way to lift itself up. and that's the "the cbs overnight news." check back later for cbs mornings and follow us online at any time at
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reporting live from uvalde, texas. matt piper in new york. texas governor greg abbott is now fixing the national rifle associioio in houston, he will instead address the group via video and hold an afternoon news conference in uvalde, others not attending the convention include singers lee greenwood and testimony has ended and now to closing arguments in the johnny depp versus amber heard trial. he is suing her about an article she wrote about domestic abuse. and the unofficial start of summer, 39 million people are expected to travel and it comes
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as gas tops $4 in every state for the first time earlier this month. i'm matt piper. cbs news. new york. this is the "the cbs overnight news". reporting tonight from uvalde, texas. >> dokoupil: good evening, and thank you for joining us. i'm tony dokoupil, in for norah who is recovering from covid. and tonight we are here in uvalde, texas, once again, where a community's grief is turning to anger and frustration because of new questions about the official timeline of tuesday's school shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers. a spokesperson for the texas department of public safety said the gunman walked into the school through an unlocked side door and was inside a classroom for more than an hour before a tactical team could storm the building and take him out.
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these new details came after videos emerged from during the shooting, showing parents desperate, begging officers to enter the building and rescue their children. and the massacre has reignited a national debate over the country's gun laws, as we learned tonight that president biden and the first lady will travel here on sunday. a lot of news to get to, and we're going to begin with cbs' janet shamlian who is here to start us off. janet, quite a press conference we witnessed. >> reporter: indeed. and it's raising even more questions tonight about response by the police during what was an active shooter situation. authorities tonight confirming that the gunman was in the elementary school for an hour or more before he was shot and killed. ( nguished cries) the anguished cries of desperate parents, after the massacre at robb elementary. ( nguished cries) pleading with police to rescue their children. >> you got guys going in to get kids, okay. >> reporter: this man raced to the school when he heard about the shooting.
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his daughter, jacqueline, was killed. >> as soon as they heard gunshots, they should have rushed in. >> reporter: tonight, texas investigators going public with a new timeline, as they face criticism they didn't move quickly enough. >> 11:40, he walks into the west side of robb elementary. >> reporter: four minutes later, uvalde police arrived. >> the initial officers, they received gunfire. they don't make entry initially because of the gunfire they're receiving. but we have officers calling for additional resources. >> reporter: authorities say the gunfire then slowed considerably. an hour later, cbs news has learned, an elite border patrol team, moving behind a shield, entered the classroom and killed the suspect. >> and when i heard the shooting through the door, i-- i told my friend to hide under something so he won't find us. >> reporter: tonight, a
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firsthand account from a student inside the classroom. this nine-year-old boy-- his identity protected-- describing moments of sheer terror. >> he shot our next person's door, and then we have a door in the middle, and he opened it, and then he came in and he crouched a little bit, and he said, "it's time to die." >> reporter: and his agonizing account of a classmate hit by gunfire. >> the cop said, "help if you need help." and then they got-- one of the persons in my class said, "help." and the guy overheard, and he came in and shot her. and then the cops barged in into that classroom, and the guy shot the cops and the cops just started shooting. >> reporter: among his
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classmates who died, tess mata, a softball player with a contagious laugh, and alexandria rubio, receiving the good citizen award and making the all-"a" honor roll. this heart-wrenching photo shows 11 of the 19 children who died. today would have been their last day of school. tonight, their names are on white crosses posted outside of it. and it won't be part of the official death count, but it is part of the toll of this horrific event-- joe garcia, the husband of teacher irma garcia, who was killed tuesday, he died today of a heart attack. this is him this morning visiting his wife's memorial here at the elementary school. they were high school sweethearts, and friends say he died of a broken heart. the two of them, they leave behind four children. >> dokoupil: four children who had a living mother and father on monday, end the week without either of them. a tragedy. and tonight we're also learning more about the other innocent lives lost during this senseless rampage and the bravery of those who survived. here is cbs' lilia luciano.
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>> that one. >> reporter: nine-year-old andrea herrera used to play every day with her stepbrother, jose flores. they were about the same age. >> he would always say, "i want to be a cop so i can protect all these other people, like from all the bad guys." >> reporter: now these toys are all she and their little brother jaden have left. what does that make you think about? >> it's just sad because, like, the fact that he wanted to be a cop and he didn't have the chance to be it. >> reporter: andrea saw her own teacher get shot tuesday morning through a window. she was in a nearby classroom when the gunman burst in and barricaded himself inside jose's room. you knew your brother was in another classroom nearby. >> i was just worried. >> reporter: you were? >> i was just worried thinking about him. >> reporter: cynthia herrera and her husband frantically searched for their children. they found andrea safe at one of the meeting points, but later found out jose was brought to
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the hospital, where he died. what have these days been like for your family? >> just, like, numb. i have no feelings, honestly. i just try to keep my mind occupied with the kids, you know, and i just feel guilty even saying, like, "i'm glad my daughter made it" because i know my stepson didn't. >> reporter: jose was just one of 19 children killed tuesday, along with two teachers-- each child the joy of a parent, now the loss of a family. uziyah garcia's grandfather called him the sweetest little boy he'd ever known. he had just started teaching him football plays over spring break. and, alithia ramirez loved playing soccer with her friends and drawing. while most children look forward to the summer break, andrea will be learning to live with grief, and dread. >> i feel, like, i'm just wondering, what if it happens again? who will be next?
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and worried about it. >> reporter: you're worried about going back to school. >> yes. >> reporter: i asked andrea about their little brother, jaden-- he's five years old-- whether he knows that his brother is not going to come back. she said he doesn't quite grasp it. he keeps asking, "is jose okay? is jose okay?" as for her, well, she's still in shock, she tells me. tony. >> dokoupil: lilia, thank you very much. >> also today, students across the country walked out of their classrooms to demand action from lawmakers to protect them and others from the rising wave of gun violence. thousands of students, as you can see on your screen, took part, from virginia to seattle, washington. a nationwide walkout, fed up, they say, with lawmakers who offer that familiar quote, "thoughts and prayers," instead of regulations. >> when i found out about the shooting, i was-- i mean, i was incredibly sad at first, but then i just got... angry, honestly. angry that nothing has changed. >> dokoupil: the group "students demand action" was behind
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♪ ♪ this is the "the cbs overnight news." thanks for staying with us. even before the tragic events in uvalde, texas, school districts across the country were working to improve security of their buildings. some have taken to what is known as hardening the schools, essentially turning them in to armed fortresses. the government has been picking up the tab for much of this, at a cost of $150 million. we are on capitol hill with the story. >> reporter: congress is paralyzed by grid lock and changing gun laws gut slaws, bu
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are not standing by, they want mo -- they want money and washington has been dolling out quite a bit of it. many were greeted with extra security in the wake of the shooting in uvalde, schools from arizona to virginia tell cbs news they are looking at training and ordering new staffing to keep students safe. amid the stale mate in gun laws the superintendent in new jersey has been upgrading security for months. >> we have cameras. we have a, we have a response, a panic alarm to the first responders. >> reporter: today a series of senators is recommending hardening of schools. but a review of justice department records obtained by cbs news show washington has spent more than $150 million since 2018 doing so. through school violence prevention grants and for a wide range of items, the record shows
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that schools in new jersey saud grants for digital security radios. in logan county, west virginia, $194,000 to pay for cameras and door locks and training for in school police. because you are concerned about mitigating the risk of a school shooting? is that part of the motivation? >> the primary, number one responsibility of all school personnel is to make certain that every student that attends our schools are returned safely to their parents that evening. >> reporter: we found the money distributed by the u.s. justice department in grants is more than doubled since 2018. even new jersey democrat door c booker said hardening of schools is not a solution to gun violence. >> i mean, what kind of testimony is it that we declare that we cannot protect our schools from people with guns, so we are going to build bunkers and castles for our children?
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and does that solve this problem? no. >> reporter: the u.s. attorney general has just asked congress for $53 million next year for these school security grants and we went through them. and found a number of schools including that logan county, west virginia district used some of the money for mental health training for staff. >> and that was scott mcfarland on capitol hill. despite the latest school massacre there's little chance new or meaningful gun regulations will make it through a divided congress. that has not been the case in other countries that have experienced mass shootings. holly williams has the view from london. >> many people here in the uk feel a special bond with the u.s. and it's painful to see american children killed like this. but a lot of people i have spoken to here say they are confused because here and in other countries where there's been a massacre, the government brings in tougher gun control laws and they cannot comprehend why that doesn't happen in the
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u.s. >> reporter: 16 young children and their teacher have been shot dead by agu in a priryolear ste. >> in 1996 the united kingdom was horrified by the murder of 5 and 6-year-old children by a lone shooter. >> i just can't believe something like this has happened. >> reporter: it was the deadly estimate mass shoot engine british history. and after a grassroots campaign, the government here banned the private ownership of all handguns. >> good evening all australians share the horror of the port arthur massacre. >> reporter: in australia a lone gunman murdered 35 people. the then conservative australian government banned nearly all semiautomatic rifles and shot guns. and launched a program to buy back more than 600,000 weapons from those who already owned them. >> the greatest civil right you have is to stay alive.
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staying alive and being free from random attack is a far more precious civil right than owning a gun. >> niec-- >> reporter: in australia in 2015, we found the nation's tough gun control laws popular even with the gunshop owner. >> if you are in america, you would sell more guns and make more money. >> i suppose sometimes it's not all about the money. >> reporter: from columbine and sandyhook and parkland. school shootings have broken the hearts of americans. but there's been no major change to gun ownership laws in the u.s. >> we have got a gun lobby and a corporate gun lobby that has its t itself so deep in the political process. >> reporter: he witnessed the gun lobby pressure u.s. politicians to withholding support for tougher laws. >> the lesson of the other countries is that people came
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together across the political divide. >> but were those countries able to do it because they don't have powerful gun lobbies? >> 100% yes. >> senator rubio, can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the nra in the future? >> reporter: and even that didn't change anything. >> people buy in to my agenda. and i do support the second amendment. >> but in new zealand, another massachusetts shooting in 2019, 51 people killed in two mosques, once again, prompted legal change outside the u.s. a ban on military style semiautomatic weapons and assault rifles. this week, primary minister ardune explained how they did it. >> now, we have legitimate needs for guns in our country for things like peace control and to protect our bio diversity but you don't need a military style
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semiautomatic weapon to do that so we got rid of them. >> reporter: australia saw gun deaths plummet after the new laws came in to affect, and here in the uk, there's so few guns on the street even the police don't generally carry firearms and ladies, while in the u.s. this year, there's been more than 1 mass shooting a day on average, in other wealthy countries they are extremely rare. >> the "the cbs overnight news" will be right back. after years on the battlefield migraine attacks followed me home.
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steve hartman and his kids are back this morning for the latest in their series, kindness 101, today's lesson, justice. >> this is my daughter and today, we are crusaders for -- >> justice. >> and to start us on our mission, let's toss it to her brother. emmitt at the dictionary death. justi the principal that
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people get the punishment they deserve. >> good somebody robs a bank, they deserve to go to jail. >> it can mean getting someone the credit they deserve as well. that kind of justice we can all dole out, and to see what i mean, we can turn to the library of living examples in search for justice. so what were you here for? >> soccer game. >> this 10-year-old said she was walking through the park in shoreline, washington. about a year ago? >> yeah. >> when she came across something curious. it's like the beginning of a mystery. >> yeah. >> a stone with a plaque. it was clearly a tribute but to who? >> 19330-1969. and i'm like, wow, that is a really short life and did the quick math in my head, like he died at 39. >> did you wonder why? >> i'm like, yeah, that is not typ typical. >> since there were no other markings and no one to ask,
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sarah took it on herself to learn all she could about the life and death of edwin pratt. she learned he was the director of the seattle urban league, worked on school desegregation and was the first black person to move in to sarah's town. pratt was assassinated on the front porch. >> it was just the lack of recognition. he has got to have something more than just a plaque outside of a bathroom. >> about that same time, across the street from sarah's school, she noticed the district was putting up a new early learning center. she found out it did not have a name yet and her wheels started turning. sarah launched a petition drive and went all over town explaining to anyone who would listen why that new building should be named after pratt. >> thank you for helping me edwin pratt. >> over time, she aassembled quite a band wagon. >> would all of those here tonight to support edwin pratt,
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please raise your hands. >> at this point they had no choice but to vote on her recommendation. all in favor of aye, say aye. all opposed say nay. the vote is unanimous, the motion carries. >> a year after that vote the edwin pratt early learning center opened for business. sarah got to tour the school with some pratt relatives who flew in to meet her and rediscover him. >> we as a family have gotten to know more about my uncle than i think we ever would have had this not happened and we can never thank you enough for that. >> because of sarah there never be another kid in shoreline that does not know the name edwin pratt and some day, if she keeps it up. everyone will know the name sarah haycox. >> sarah for president. >> my choice for the next justice league super hero joins
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us now. welcome to kindness 101. >> thank you. >> when you first saw the name on the school, what did that feel like? >> i could picture it in my head when it was actually a thing. but just like to see it felt good to be like, yeah, that actually happened. >> what a lot of people see justice, they think, it's not my problem. what made you think that you wanted to take this on? >> i think and justice is everyone's problem. if you can do something, why not? >> what message do you have for kids like me and emmitt who want to do this stuff? >> i would say just go for it. like you never really know what will happen. and if you don't try, that's at least one outcome that's been dcided. >> that's great advice. thank you so much, sarah, really appreciate you joining us. >> yeah, thank you. bye. >> so, next time you see someone not getting the credit they deserve, do them justice. >> and don't forget, to stay kind.
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fields. he said that sales of tequila and its spicy cousin reached $5.2 billion. super premium tequila sales shot up 1300%. it's the number two selling spirit behind vodka in the u.s. >> it could over take vodka as the number one spirit in the united states. >> reporter: back in mexico, a band greets the train. and then it's off to the oldest distillary by jose cuervo. tourists can learn more about the process of making tequila, including how it's harvested and aged. >> they have 1.9 billion agave plants in the ground right now to be able to supply the tequila
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demand in the united states. >> that's a lot of tequila. cbs news, tequila mexico. >> that's the overnight news for this friday morning. reporting from the nation's capital. ♪ ♪ this is cbs news flash, i'm matt piper in new york. texas governor greg abbott is now skipping the national rifle association convention in houston. he will instead address the group via video and hold an afternoon news krnchs in uvalde, and others not attending the convention include lee greenwood. testimony has ended and now to closing argumentments in the johnny depp versus amber heard trial, he is suing her over liable. and it's the unofficial start of summer, 39 million people are expected to travel this memorial day weekend and it comes as gas prices topped $4 in every state
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for the first time earlier this month. for more news, download the cbs news app on your cell phone or connected tv. i'm matt it's friday, may 27th, 2022. this is the "cbs morning news." growing outrage in uvalde, texas. families question why the gunman who killed 21 people stayed inside the school for one hour before authorities took him down. surprise visit. the duchess of sussex stops by a memorial in the small texas community as we learn more about the victims. nra convention. the annual meeting gets under way today, but more people are dropping out of the event. good morning and good to be with you, i'm anne-marie green. this morning there are new questions this morning about


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