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1 big thing: School shooting mirrors others in D-FW

Arlington's Bowie High School was the site of another school shooting this week. Photo: Chris Torres/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

An 18-year-old Arlington high school student was killed this week in a school shooting that mirrors others across North Texas.

Why it matters: School lockdowns and increased security have become the norm on Texas campuses after high-profile mass shootings but the measures haven't stopped violence among students.

State of play: Dallas high school students recently walked out of Wilmer-Hutchins High School where a student had been shot the week before to urge school leaders to do more to protect them.

The big picture: The Republican-led state Legislature passed new mental health and school safety standards last year after 19 students and two teachers were killed at Robb Elementary in Uvalde.

The latest: A shooting was reported Wednesday at Bowie High School, and when school resource officers arrived, they found Etavion Barnes injured near a portable classroom. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

  • The alleged shooter, 17-year-old Julian Howard, was arrested near the school and faces a murder charge.
  • Police said the motive was under investigation. It appeared the students knew each other.

What they're saying: "We, as a community, cannot tolerate this kind of violence. Not in our neighborhoods and not in our schools. Violence is never the right answer," Arlington Police chief Al Jones said in a statement.

Between the lines: Even safety measures β€” like adding metal detectors β€” haven't been foolproof.

  • Wilmer-Hutchins High School has metal detectors and a clear bag policy, but a student was still able to bring a gun to school weeks ago. The student shot another in the leg inside a classroom.

How to help: The American School Counselor Association has these resources for helping students after a school shooting.

Other shootings

2. βš–οΈ Pro-Palestinian protests at North Texas colleges

Demonstrators against the war rallied yesterday at the University of Texas in Austin. Photo: Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP via Getty Images

Speaking of young people protesting, college students in North Texas and across the country are challenging their school leaders to re-evaluate ties to Israel.

Driving the news: On Tuesday, around 100 students held a sit-in at UT Dallas to demand that the university divest from companies that produce weapons and military equipment used by Israel, per the Dallas Morning News.

  • Over 50 people at the University of Texas at Austin were arrested at a pro-Palestinian protest on Wednesday. The Travis County attorney later dropped charges for most of them.
  • And, at UT Arlington, around 150 protesters participated in a walkout to protest the war in Gaza.

Why it matters: The confrontations between police and protesters over Israel's destruction of Gaza β€” and America's role in it β€” have shaken universities across the country, forcing campus leaders to decide how they will enforce rules around large gatherings without infringing on First Amendment rights.

Zoom in: UT Arlington tells Axios the protest on Wednesday was "held without incident."

  • UTA president Jennifer Cowley sent a message to the campus community before the protest, saying the school is "committed to the safety of the UTA community while respecting the rights of students to peacefully express their views and opinions in an appropriate manner."

Between the lines: Students have protested in support of Palestinian rights for decades but the recent protests are much larger, attracting more diverse crowds.

The other side: Pro-Israel groups say the country has a right to defend itself against Hamas. Many have characterized criticism of Israel as antisemitism.

  • "These protesters belong in jail," Gov. Greg Abbott wrote on X after the UT Austin arrests.
  • "Antisemitism will not be tolerated in Texas. Period. Students joining in hate-filled, antisemitic protests at any public college or university in Texas should be expelled," the governor said.

How the Vietnam War ended

3. πŸ—ž Burnt ends: Bite-sized news bits

Southwest Airlines is not experiencing a bull market. Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

❌ Dallas-based Southwest Airlines is cutting service to four airports, including Houston's George Bush, after reporting $231 million in losses in the first quarter. (DMN)

βš–οΈ The Tarrant County DA is appealing an appellate court's decision to overturn Crystal Mason's illegal voting conviction. (Star-Telegram)

πŸ’» The chief information officer for the city of Dallas is resigning after four years in the position. During his tenure, the IT department lost millions of police records and faced a ransomware attack. (KERA)

🎬 A documentary on Uvalde will premiere this weekend at the Dallas International Film Festival. (Dallas Observer)

4. 🐐 One cocktail to go: Rodeo Goat

Spicy refresher to accompany delicious burgers. Photo: Tasha "Me Llamo" Tsiaperas/Axios

This burger joint serves up cocktails as satisfying as beers to accompany its greasy, meaty fare.

  • Rodeo Goat has locations throughout the Dallas area, including in Denton, Fort Worth and Frisco.

What to order: Goat. Llama β€”Β a spicy paloma with jalapeΓ±o-infused tequila.

Where: Rodeo Goat, 1200 N. Buckner Blvd.

Cost: $11

Six-word review: Peppery cocktail that warms the throat.

πŸ“­ Know a drink we should try? Hit reply and tell us.

This newsletter was edited by Bob Gee and copy edited by Carolyn DiPaolo.

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