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UPDATED: Tacoma elementary school closed Friday after foul odor sent 11 students to hospitals today

3:15 p.m. update: Friday’s classes at Jennie Reed Elementary School have been canceled, school district spokesman Dan Voelpel said.

The district will be bringing in an environmental analysis company to go through the building to see if they can figure out the source of the odor.

“(We’ll) get a clean bill of health before the kids come back on Monday,” Voelpel said.

The good news for kids and parents – Friday’s canceled day will not need to be made up at the end of the year.

1:50  p.m. update: The school has been evacuated again after fire and school officials

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UPDATED: Appeals court reverses conviction of former Tacoma school principal

A state Appeals Court has overturned the conviction of a former Tacoma middle school principal who was found guilty of third-degree rape in 2007.

The Court of Appeals found the trial court erred in giving jurors the instruction on third-degree rape during the trial of Harold Wright Jr., now 38. The conviction of his co-defendant, Richy Carter, also was reversed.

“Accordingly, we reverse and remand for a new trial,” the opinion, published this morning, states. The opinion was written by Judge David H. Armstrong. Judge Marywave Van Deren concurred. Judge J. Robin Hunt filed a

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New youth Internet safety program for schools introduced today

The state Attorney General and schools chief will announce a new youth Internet safety program this morning.

Attorney General Rob McKenna and state Superintendent Randy Dorn will discuss the new program during a press conference at 11 a.m.

The agencies are teaming up with the Entertainment Software Association Foundation and Web Wise Kids to put this new safety program in 70 schools throughout the state.

Web Wise Kids, a non-profit organization, uses video games to teach youth how to protect themselves against online predators, bullies and scammers and warns them about illegal downloading.

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Tacoma police to start working in five high schools

Five Tacoma police officers will be working in the city’s five high schools this school year under an agreement between the police department and the school district.

The school year begins Wednesday. The school resource officers will be stationed full time at Foss, Lincoln, Stadium, Wilson and Mount Tahoma high schools. They are tasked with addressing potential school violence. They’ll work closely with school administrators, the school security officers and other staff members to address security and criminal activity on and around each campus, according to a Tacoma Schools press release.

The officers and their assignments are:

Foss: Matt Watters.

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