News rundown: What you missed week of April 3

A lot has happened in the world over the past week. Let’s catch up on the major news headlines:


Finland school shooting harms three

A devastating school shooting happened in Vantaa, Finland on Tuesday, April 2. The shooter has been identified as a 12-year-old who is a student at the school. The student has not been arrested because of his age and was placed in the custody of social welfare services. One child has been pronounced dead while two were injured.

The motive behind the shooting was said to be bullying done to the student since transferring to the school at the beginning of the calendar year. Many are calling for more concerted efforts to address mental health problems among young people and to combat school bullying.


Solar eclipse draws crowds in the U.S.

On Monday, people around the U.S. were able to view the total solar eclipse. It traced a path from Mexico to the Canadian Maritimes before vanishing over the Atlantic. Whether in the region or outside of it, viewers were able to safely view the event with special eclipse glasses.

This has been the first solar eclipse that has been seen in much of the U.S. since the one back in 2017. The next eclipse in the contiguous U.S. is set to take place on Aug. 23, 2044. 


Earthquake shakes NY and NJ

After a few days of heavy rain and wind, a 4.8 magnitude earthquake hit New York, New Jersey and the tri-state area. On Friday morning at around 10:23 am, the earthquake took place near Whitehouse Station. About 10 aftershocks followed the earthquake throughout the day.

No major damage has been reported. According to ABC7NY, “A 4.8-magnitude is not large enough to cause damage, apart from light effects in the immediate epicentral region.”


Country music star Morgan Wallen arrested in Nashville

Morgan Wallen was arrested on three felony counts on April 8 early in the morning. It is believed that he was involved in an incident that took place at Eric Church’s country music bar, Chief’s. 

Staff members have reported that the country singer threw a chair from the six-story balcony of the bar and landed on the street close to police officers. 

According to News Channel 5 Nashville, “Wallen was arrested for three counts of reckless endangerment for the two officers who were in the vicinity and for the danger to the public…” This is not the first time Wallen has also been accused of harsh acts as he was accused of using racial slurs caught on video back in 2021.


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