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   Many parents in the Francis Howell School District say they're concerned about the impact of students from the unaccredited Normandy District transferring to their schools.  Several sounded off at a town hall meeting Thursday night at Howell Central High School in Cottleville.  

   Some expresses concerns about resources being channeled to transferring students who are academically behind.  Other's were concerned that about violence that may come to Francis Howell from Normandy, a district that has struggled with violence in its schools.  

   Francis Howell superintendent Dr. Pam Sloan spoke openly about her opposition to the transfers, saying that busing kids to a new district isn't the way to fix a failing one.  

   But not everyone in the district is so concerned.  Francis Howell senior class president Eric Lee cautioned the crowd not to make assumptions about the students transferring in from Normandy.  Lee said it's not right to assume the kids who choose to transfer are going to cause problems.

   District officials won't know until August 2nd how many Normandy students plan to transfer.

   St. Louis County Police are hoping someone can lead them to a teenager who fled naked from Christian Hospital Thursday evening.  Police have issued an Endangered Persons Advisory for 16-year-old Vernon J. Echols.  

   Police say the teen was taken to the hospital at Dunn Road and Highway-367 after attempting suicide.  But he escaped.  He was last seen heading north.  

   Echols is described as black, with a medium complexion, black hair and brown eyes.  He's five-seven and 133-pounds.  Police say he wasn't wearing any clothes when he took off.  

   Anyone with information is urged to call 9-1-1.

9 year old dies after shot in head

Thursday, 11 July 2013 04:25 Published in Local News

   St. Louis police say a 9 year old boy who was shot while riding in a car early Wednesday morning has died.  

   Police say Tyrese Short had been riding in a car with his father, another man and a woman in north St. Louis, when a man in another car shot him.  No one else was injured.  

   The boy was taken to a nearby police station for help. He was rushed to St. Louis Children's Hospital, but died later in the day.  

   St. Louis Police Captain Michael Sack says investigator suspect that the boy's father or the 22 year old man driving had been the gunman's target. An 18 year old woman was also in the car.  Police say it's unclear why the child and his father were out at 3:30 in the morning.

   No information has been released about a possible suspect.

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