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Students from around the Inland Empire participated in this week's classroom walkouts and protests against gun violence.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper reports the experience was a teachable moment not just for students, but also for parents, teachers, and school officials.

This week, thousands of students held walk-outs to advocate for stricter gun laws and to honor the memory of the seventeen people killed in Parkland, Florida – and Inland Empire students were no exception.

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More than 30 California lawmakers participated in the National Student Walkout against gun violence by leaving meetings to stand on the Capitol steps in Sacramento.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

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Riverside Police detectives will today try to determine why the father of a student at Castle View Elementary School in Riverside came onto the school campus and held a teacher hostage for hours, before the suspect was shot to death by a police SWAT team.   More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Ontario police arrested a 13-year-old boy who brandished a gun on an Inland Empire middle school campus yesterday (Wednesday).  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

An Orange County high school student has been arrested for threatening violence against his high school on social media.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Shots rang out around 10:30 on Monday morning at at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino. KVCR's Rick Dulock followed the story and brings this update on the victims and the shooter.

Police confirmed yesterday (Tuesday) that two 15-year-old Banning High School students were taken into custody for allegedly plotting a campus shooting.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Students at a Riverside high school had access to counselors deployed to the school following the news this week that one of the high school's teachers was charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a student.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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California regulators are proposing new rules designed to protect schoolchildren from pesticides that blow in from nearby farms.  But as Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, both farmers and environmental groups aren't happy with the proposal.

A new study finds that as many as one million students in California have attended schools with water systems that didn't meet safe drinking water standards.  Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports.

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UPDATED AT 6:30PM THURSDAY:

The San Bernardino Coroner's Office has released a statement about that cause of death of Dominick Gallegos. KVCR's Natalya Estrada has this update.

The San Bernardino County Coroner began and completed the autopsy on Thursday to determine the cause of death of 12-year old Dominick Gallegos, who collapsed on Tuesday at Grant Elementary School in Colton.

UPDATED AT 5:00 PM THURSDAY, APRIL 14:

Reports this afternoon indicate that a 12-year-old Colton grade  school student who died suddenly during school hours on the playground of Grant Elementary School on Tuesday succumbed to an enlarged heart. 

The San Bernardino County Coroner's autopsy results show that, in addition to having an enlarged heart, Dominick Gallegos also showed signs of early congestive heart failure.

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The San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office had scheduled an autopsy for noon to determine the cause of death of 12 year old Dominick Gallegos. Gallegos died on Tuesday at Grant Elementary School. Supervising Deputy Gabriel Morales says the autopsy will hopefully answer more questions and “put an end to speculation,” of Gallegos’ death. He also mentions that more investigation and testing is needed depending on what they find in the autopsy. 

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UPDATED 11:00am THURSDAY, April 14, 2016: