Trump endorses guns for teachers to stop shootings
A staff member with a gun could end an attack "very quickly", Donald Trump has said, in the wake of the school shooting which left 17 people dead in Florida last week. Trump floated the proposal as emotional survivors of the 14 February massacre implored him to make sure something similar does not occur again. The president also backed calls for improved background checks on gun buyers. Other survivors, meanwhile, lobbied Florida lawmakers on gun control.
Domestic abuse: Guidelines recommend tougher sentences
Those found guilty of domestic abuse are more likely to be sent to jail – even if they inflict emotional or psychological, rather than physical, harm – after the publication of new guidelines by the Sentencing Council. For the first time, the guidance will say domestic offences should be treated more seriously than similar crimes not involving partners or family members. It also suggests that pleas for clemency by the victim should generally be disregarded because there is a risk these may have been induced by threats or volunteered through fear.
Antidepressants are effective, study shows
The study, which analysed data from 522 trials involving 116,477 people, found 21 common anti-depressants were all more effective at reducing symptoms of acute depression than placebo pills. It also found large variations in the levels of efficacy and side effects caused by each pill. The authors of the report, which was published in The Lancet, said it showed many more people could benefit from the drugs and The Royal College Of Psychiatrists said the study "finally puts to bed the controversy on anti-depressants”.
Dozens of Nigerian girls feared abducted by Boko Haram
About 100 children are believed to be missing after pupils and teachers fled into the bush, outside the town of Dapchi in north-eastern Nigeria, during an attack. It comes four years after Boko Haram kidnapped more than 270 girls from a school in the town of Chibok. Reuters quoted parents and a government official as saying that 76 girls had been rescued and at least 13 were still missing. Two girls had been found dead, Reuters said, without specifying how they had died.
Stormzy calls out Theresa May over Grenfell in Brits performance
The grime artist referenced the prime minister’s inaction over last years fire that killed 71 residents of the tower block in his opening lines. “Yo Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell?" Stormzy rapped. "What, you thought we just forgot about Grenfell? You criminals, and you’ve got the cheek to call us savages, you should do some jail time, you should pay some damages." Stormzy and singer Dua Lipa led the charge at the Brit Awards, winning two prizes each on a night where artists showed their support for the Time's Up campaign.