Broward County Public Schools

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN News

Dozens of students, parents and school staff members lined up at two microphones in the auditorium at Plantation High School on Wednesday night to share their fear and anger with Broward school district leaders.

David Santiago / Miami Herald

Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said a school safety forum planned for Wednesday night will be the first of many.

Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald

The Broward School Board unanimously voted Tuesday to reject the state’s new program to arm school staff in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shootings.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

Christopher Powell was pretty sheltered growing up in Coral Springs.

“I didn’t wake up worrying, like many others across the country, about losing my life in school to gun violence,” the 17-year-old high school junior said during a town hall meeting on gun control and school safety on Thursday night.

Then he survived the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

“After the shooting on Feb. 14, I now have a different sense of security,” Powell said.

Matias Ocner / WLRN

The student survivors of the Parkland shooting might get a break from this year’s state exams.

The Florida Senate on Monday passed House Bill 7055, a controversial education bill that is a major priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, in a 20-17 vote. But first, the chamber amended the bill to include a little help for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sophomore Annabel Claprood and her mom, Elyse, arrived at the Florida Capitol on a recent morning with a schedule, a map and a mission.

Robert Runcie
Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald

The superintendent of Broward County schools said a campus cop's decision not to enter the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School building where a shooter killed 17 on Feb. 14 was "inexcusable" and "despicable."

Referring to school resource officer Scot Peterson, Robert Runcie told reporters gathered outside the school on Friday morning: "I wish he had the same kind of courage that our teachers that have showed up here today have."

Matias Ocner / Miami Herald

Not even two weeks after a shooter fired more than 100 bullets in the hallways of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, students and staff are returning to the campus fearful of emotional triggers that could force them to relive the traumatic event.

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

A group of elementary school students opened Broward County’s first school board meeting since last week’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting by reciting the pledge of allegiance and singing the national anthem.

The kids were in their classroom at Griffin Elementary School in Cooper City, but they appeared via livestream video. They weren’t there to see how their performance was received, how poignant it seemed, as their community mourned 14 other children and three staff members who were slaughtered in the Valentine’s Day mass shooting.

Broward School Cops Will Carry Rifles, Including AR-15s, On School Grounds

Feb 21, 2018
Associated Press

While lawmakers and activists in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., furiously debate gun control, deputies in Broward County will be adding firepower to deal with the threat of school shooters, effective immediatelty.

Broward’s top cop on Wednesday said that deputies assigned to school campuses will now be allowed to carry rifles on school grounds.

“Rifles from this point forward,” Broward Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, adding: “We need to be able to defeat any threat on campus.”

The Victims Of The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Mass Shooting

Feb 15, 2018
Via Miami Herald

The identities of some of the 17 people killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are starting to emerge.

▪  Jamie Guttenberg, a student at the school, was killed during the rampage. Her father, Fred, shared the tragic news in a Facebook post.

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Following Wednesday's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, many organizations have offered mental health support for people struggling with the trauma and grief. WLRN has compiled a list of resources and will periodically update this collection.  

Counseling services will be available "to anyone, especially students and families" at the following sites:

• Pines Trails Park Recreation Center and Amphitheater, 10555 Trails End, Parkland, FL 33076

• Coral Springs Gymnasium, 2501 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065

Amanda Rabines / WLRN

Broward County Public Schools and another large Florida school district begrudgingly distributed more than $15 million in local construction funding to privately-run charters on Friday after they were urged to — and, the districts claim, threatened — by the state Department of Education.

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