Sen. Scott invites Parkland father to State of the Union
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida U.S. Sen. Rick Scott is taking the father of a teenager who died in the Parkland school shooting to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday.
Scott announced Monday he's bringing Andrew Pollack to the speech. Pollack's daughter, Meadow, was one of 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last Valentine's Day.
New sheriff calls for better training after school shooting
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The new sheriff in the Florida county where last year's high school massacre happened says he'll improve training for deputies assigned to protect campuses.
Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said in a statement Friday that school resource officers must be highly trained.
Florida gov. won’t remove official after school shooting
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he won't remove the school superintendent who oversees the school where 17 people died in last year's massacre in Parkland.
The Republican governor said Wednesday at the annual Associated Press legislative planning meeting that he doesn't have the power to remove Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie. Runcie has been sharply criticized by parents whose children were fatally shot last year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Parkland shooting: Florida ex-sheriff challenges suspension
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff suspended this month by the governor and accused of failing to prevent a school shooting has requested a state Senate hearing.
An attorney for ex-Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel requested the hearing Tuesday. Florida law says the legislative body has the final say in the removal of local elected officials. No hearing date was announced.
2 teens charged with threatening to shoot up school
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say two Florida teens have been charged with threatening to shoot up their school.
A Leon County Sheriff's Office news release said Monday that the boys ages 13 and 14 face felony charges of making written threats to do harm at Governor's Charter Academy in Tallahassee.
Police honor officer who arrested school shooting suspect
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (AP) — The police officer who arrested the suspect in last year's Florida school massacre has been honored for bravery.
The Coconut Creek Police Department awarded Officer Michael Leonard with its Medal of Valor this week for arresting Nicholas Cruz, who's charged with killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14.
Detective: Florida school shooting deputy statement faulty
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida detective told investigators the former deputy entrusted to protect a high school where 17 people died in a mass shooting last year gave an initial statement filled with inaccuracies about his actions.
Broward Sheriff's Office Detective John Curcio told investigators that ex-deputy Scot Peterson's story about what happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland contains many inconsistencies when compared with video evidence.
The Latest: School shooting deputy statement called faulty
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on School Shooting-Florida (all times local):
A Florida detective says the former deputy entrusted to protect a high school where 17 people died in a mass shooting gave an initial statement filled with inaccuracies about his actions.
Parkland students write book of surviving shooting
Shutdown and disunity themes of MLK celebration in Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) — A commemorative service for Martin Luther King Jr. that was nearly imperiled by the federal government shutdown was held Monday morning in Atlanta at a church called King's "spiritual home."
King's daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, said in her remarks that the annual service at Ebenezer Baptist Church came during a moment of crisis in America. She condemned the gridlock and partisanship in Washington that led to the shutdown.
Florida’s new governor scraps appointments made by Scott
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is withdrawing dozens of appointments made by former Gov. Rick Scott.
DeSantis on Friday removed 46 people who had been placed on various state boards by Scott right before he left office.
One of the people whose appointment has been rescinded is Andrew Pollack. Scott appointed Pollack to the State Board of Education. Pollack's daughter Meadow was among 17 people gunned down last year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Horror movie release moved from school shooting anniversary
MIAMI (AP) — A horror movie called "Happy Death Day 2U" is getting a new release date following complaints its original release date coincided with the Florida school shooting anniversary.
Universal Pictures released a statement Wednesday saying the film's North American release would be moved from Feb. 14 to Feb. 13. The studio also decided to keep the film from theaters in the Parkland area where 17 people were killed last year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Hearing delayed on school shooting suspect’s guard contact
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A hearing has been delayed on whether Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz should still be supervised by a corrections officer he's accused of assaulting.
The hearing set Wednesday was postponed because a court reporter became ill. It was reset for Friday.
Cruz's lawyers want a judge to stop Cruz from being supervised by Sgt. Raymond Beltran. Cruz is segregated from other prisoners and is under close watch at the Broward County Jail.
Defense seeks evidence from school shooting commission
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Lawyers for Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz sought Tuesday to pry loose evidence for his defense from a state commission that investigated last year's Valentine's Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Bill would require permits to buy guns, limit ammunition
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A bill set to appear in the Legislature this year would require Oregonians to obtain a permit before buying a gun, limit the amount of ammunition a person could buy, outlaw magazines with a capacity of more than five rounds and create gun locking and storage requirements.
New Florida governor suspends sheriff over school massacre
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — New Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on Friday over his handling of February's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, saying he "repeatedly failed and has demonstrated a pattern of poor leadership."
- Sentinel & EnterpriseSchool-shooting Survivor Urges Students to ActionFebruary 7, 2019
- The Sun'Our Generation Has to Be the One to Stand Up'February 7, 2019
- The Washington TimesThree Parkland fathers will attend SOTU ahead of 1-year anniversary of shootingFebruary 5, 2019
- The Washington TimesThree Parkland fathers will attend SOTU ahead of 1-year anniversary of shootingFebruary 5, 2019
- The AdvocateHimes picks Ridgefield teen, a gun-safety advocate, as State of the Union guestFebruary 1, 2019
The Latest: Florida sheriff says he’ll fight suspension
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the suspension of a Florida sheriff whose deputies were assigned to protect the school where 17 died in a February massacre. (all times local):
The Florida sheriff who was suspended for his office's handling of a Feb. 14 school massacre says he's fighting the suspension.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Friday that, "There was no wrongdoing on my part. I served the county honorably."
Trauma talks focus on Florida school shooting’s anniversary
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A group of therapists are holding workshops to prepare a Florida high school for the anniversary of last year's mass shooting.
Professionals United for Parkland is offering trauma training to prepare students, parents and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for the upcoming date on Feb. 14.
Scott picks Parkland parent for Florida’s education board
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is appointing to the state's education board the father of a teenager killed during a school shooting in Parkland.
Even though he is about to leave office, Scott announced nearly 80 appointments to various state boards on Friday. He appointed Andrew Pollack to the State Board of Education. The panel sets education policy and hires the state's education commissioner.
Commission OKs recommendation to arm teachers in Florida
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The commission investigating a shooting massacre at a Florida high school unanimously approved its initial findings and recommendations Wednesday, including a controversial proposal that teachers who volunteer and undergo training be allowed to carry guns.
Florida sheriff makes changes after Parkland school shooting
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The sheriff of a Florida county where a gunman killed 17 students and staff at a high school has outlined steps his agency has taken in response to the Feb. 14 massacre.
Broward Sheriff Scott Israel sent a letter Wednesday to the state commission investigating the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, according to a South Florida Sun Sentinel report.
Active shooter policy changes for Broward County deputies
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Deputies in one South Florida county will have to try to confront active shooters in the future.
It's a change to the Broward County's Sheriff's written policy that drew controversy following the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Parkland survivor David Hogg is going to Harvard University
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida school shooting survivor and gun control advocate David Hogg is going to Harvard University.
Hogg announced his acceptance to the Cambridge, Massachusetts, university on Twitter Saturday. He said he plans to major in political science.
Hogg has been one of the most prominent voices seeking gun control measures after authorities say a former student killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
Man charged with threatening Parkland survivor’s mother
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man sent a threatening letter to the mother of a Parkland mass shooting survivor and gun-control activist.
News outlets report that 78-year-old Warren Bond was arrested Thursday. A federal grand jury indicted him earlier this month on a charge of mailing a threatening communication.
Blood, bodies, chaos: Officers describe school massacre
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Bodies. Chaos. The smell of gunpowder and blood. A deputy wandering aimlessly, muttering to himself.
The Latest: Police report details school shooter’s arsenal
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Florida school shooting aftermath (all times local):
A lengthy police report on the Florida school shooting says suspect Nikolas Cruz still had 188 live rounds when he abandoned his AR-15 rifle and blended in with students fleeing the carnage.
Parkland survivor, gun-reform advocate accepted to Harvard
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida high schooler who survived a school shooting massacre and co-founded the "March For Our Lives" gun-reform movement has been accepted to Harvard.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior Jaclyn Corin posted a photo of her admissions notice on Instagram on Thursday. The letter congratulated Corin for being accepted under the early action program. She wrote, "Hard work pays off." She didn't indicate whether she would attend.
Panel says sheriff’s policy contributed to Florida massacre
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The commission investigating a Florida high school massacre heavily criticized the responding sheriff office's active shooter policy Thursday, saying it contributed to the failure of some deputies to run into the building and confront the gunman.
The Latest: Florida Senate leader ‘open’ to arming teachers
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the commission investigating the Florida high school massacre (all times local):
Florida's Senate president says he is "very open" to a proposal that would allow volunteer teachers to carry concealed handguns if they pass a background check and undergo extensive training.
Florida school massacre panel recommends arming teachers
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The panel investigating the Florida high school massacre recommended Wednesday that teachers who volunteer and undergo extensive background checks and training be allowed to carry concealed guns on campus to stop future shootings.
Parkland shooting victim’s dad joins Trump for Hanukkah
WASHINGTON (AP) — The father of a Florida school shooting victim helped the White House celebrate Hanukkah on Thursday and lauded President Donald Trump as a "fighter" who has "retaken Washington for the American people."
Trump said the menorah was being lit in the East Room in memory of 18-year-old Meadow Pollack "and all of the precious lives stolen from us this year, and we will pledge our resolve to confront hatred and violence in all of its evil forms."
School PR consultant calls Parkland critics ‘crazies’
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A public relations crisis consultant hired to advise a Florida school district after a mass shooting is apologizing after dismissing the district's critics as "crazies" and calling a reporter a "skanky" ''jerk" who "smells bad."
A leaked video shows Sara Brady making the comments to an audience of public relations professionals in July.
The Broward school district paid her nearly $75,000 for advice after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Police: College student threatened to kill over 7 a.m. final
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida university student is facing charges that he threatened to kill a professor for scheduling a final exam at 7 a.m.
Florida Atlantic University police arrested 20-year-old Rafael Decomas last week, saying he posted on Twitter that he was angry about the early morning test.
Police said Decomas wrote "this is my message to premeditated murder."
Parkland high school shooting generating change in Florida
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Past gun violence produced few lasting changes in Florida, but the Parkland mass shooting has prompted swift new laws and a high-profile committee that is generating action.
Parents sue over implementation of school security rule
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Some parents are suing a north Florida school district, claiming it's putting elementary school students in jeopardy with its implementation of a state law meant to bolster student safety after a high school massacre.
The lawsuit filed Thursday in state court in Jacksonville says Duval County Public Schools created special positions of armed staffers, known as "school safety assistants," who weren't law enforcement or previously employed at the schools.
Parkland shootings contribute to a rise in Florida murders
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The school shooting that left 17 dead drove up the number of Florida murders during the first six months of 2018 compared to the same period last year.
Overall, the number of Florida crimes in the first half of the year dropped by 8 percent. But the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported 545 murders, including the 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
That compares to 531 murders in the first half of 2017.
Parkland teachers protest reassignment of administrators
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — More than 50 teachers chanted "bring them back" outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Tuesday morning, demanding the return of four administrators who were reassigned after a state commission's investigation of the shooting that killed 17 people on Valentine's Day.
The Latest: Defense wants Cruz jail records kept private
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (all times local):
Defense lawyers are asking a judge to keep jail records about Parkland shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz's mental condition private.
4 administrators moved from school where shooting occurred
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Four administrators at a Florida high school where 17 people were fatally shot are being reassigned following a report from the state commission investigating the shooting.
Broward County Public Schools released a statement Monday that three assistant principals and a security specialist at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School staff members were being reassigned to other administrative locations. It didn't say why they were being reassigned.
Tragedy survivors reflect on Thanksgiving after year of loss
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mass shootings, hurricanes, fires — for many people across the nation, 2018 was a year of loss unlike any other. As the quintessentially American holiday of Thanksgiving approaches, some will abandon traditions or choose not to mark the holiday at all. Others will celebrate new friendships forged in the wake of tragedy.
Here's how some of the survivors will spend Thanksgiving:
Sheriff supports armed teachers to stop school shooters
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The sheriff leading the state commission investigating Florida's high school massacre says he now believes trained, volunteer teachers should have access to guns so they can stop shooters who get past other safeguards.
Captain retires, sergeant suspended over Parkland massacre
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida sheriff's captain who oversaw the initial response to February's Parkland high school massacre resigned Tuesday and the first sergeant to arrive at the scene has been suspended over what other law enforcement officials saw as their inaction during the initial minutes after the first shots were fired.
Tutu awards prize to US school shooting survivors
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A group of young Americans who campaigned against gun violence after surviving a deadly shooting at their Florida school have received a prize from former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Tutu said in a statement Tuesday that the students showed that "children can move the world" and he compared the U.S. movement for gun control that they started to other big peace movements.
Parkland shooting survivors win Children’s Peace Prize
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Parkland students who created an international movement to raise awareness for gun violence after a deadly school shooting were awarded the International Children's Peace Prize on Tuesday.
During a ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu presented the award, calling the student organization March For Our Lives one of the most significant youth-led mass movements in living memory and its founders "true change-makers."
Florida high school massacre panel considers recommendations
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The state commission investigating the Florida high school massacre began discussions Friday on what recommendations it will make regarding student safety, mental health and steps to prevent future school shootings.
Criticized deputy refuses to testify about school massacre
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — For months, members of the panel investigating Florida's high school massacre have called the sheriff's deputy assigned to guard the campus "a coward" for hiding and not rushing inside in an attempt to stop the shooter.
Sheriff: Parkland shooting suspect assaulted jail officer
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz attacked a detention officer at the county jail and now faces new charges including use of the officer's electric stun device, authorities said Wednesday.
Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said in an email Wednesday that Cruz assaulted Sgt. Raymond Beltran around 6 p.m. Tuesday.