Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

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Over 50 South Florida residents gathered Tuesday evening at the Freedom Tower to honor the victims of mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH and protest the lack of legislative change on the local and national level. 

The two mass shootings, in less than 13 hours, shook the nation and South Florida, who's still grappling with its own tragedy at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

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The widow of a slain athletic director is running for the Broward School Board, becoming the third family member of a Parkland victim in the past year to seek the political office.

Debbi Hixon, a 31-year educator whose husband, Chris Hixon, was murdered during last year’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, has filed to run in the August 2020 race. She’s the highest profile in a crowded field of candidates hoping to replace longtime School Board member Robin Bartleman, who is stepping down to run for a seat on the state Legislature.

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In the aftermath of two mass shootings over the weekend—22 people killed in El Paso, Texas, Saturday and nine more killed in Dayton, Ohio, hours later—images and sounds circulating on social media and TV can trigger symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, in survivors of similar experiences. 

There are still resources available for those in South Florida affected by the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who may be having a hard time. 

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The former student who later shot up Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was such a threat in school that he was searched every morning for weapons, new testimony shows.

The way some school districts are choosing to comply with bolstered safety measures has U.S. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Florida) upset. Scott explained the problem to the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on enhancing school safety.

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The state of Florida recently passed a bill that gives most victims of crimes three years to get help paying for recovery and support services—like mental health care to identify and treat trauma related to the crime.

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At the top of hour two of the first Democratic debate, the questions turned to guns, an especially wrenching issue for voters in Florida, who experienced the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Julian Castro, former secretary of housing and urban development and former mayor of San Antonio, praised “the activists of Parkland, the folks from Moms Demand [Action], who have risen up across the United States.”

Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel recently appeared before the Senate special master in his appeal hearing. Israel pointed to Governor Ron DeSantis’ allegations of incompetence on the job as political.

MIAMI HERALD

In his quest to get his old job back, Scott Israel spent hours jousting with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ lawyer Wednesday in a series of combative exchanges highlighting two deadly mass shootings in Broward County that led to the former sheriff’s suspension.

Israel’s seven hours of testimony Wednesday concluded a two-day hearing before a Senate special master in an appeal filed by the veteran law enforcement official after DeSantis stripped him of the sheriff’s post shortly after the Republican governor took office in January.

MIAMI HERALD

Stripped of his uniform and badge, ousted Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for the first time made a direct appeal to a Senate special master Tuesday as he tries to get his job back after Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended him from office because of the mass shooting at a Parkland high school last year.

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Broward School Board members could try to fire the superintendent no more than twice a year under a proposal scheduled to be discussed Tuesday.

The policy, drafted by district staff, refers to all requests made directly by School Board members instead of the superintendent, reports the Sun Sentinel.

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A student survivor of last year's school shooting in Parkland says Harvard University revoked his acceptance over racist comments he made in a shared Google Doc and text messages about two years ago.

Kyle Kashuv he emerged as a conservative, pro-second amendment voice from Parkland, while fellow students launched a national movement advocating for gun control. 

Amy Beth Bennett

When every second counted, as students were screaming and dying in their classrooms, school security officer Scot Peterson hid rather than respond. His inaction resulted in his arrest Tuesday on charges of neglecting his duty.

Peterson stood alone in the Broward County Main Jail’s prisoner assembly room for his first court appearance Wednesday morning. He is charged with seven counts of child neglect with great bodily harm, three counts of culpable negligence and exposure to harm, and one count of perjury, records showed.

MSD Mind-Body Ambassadors
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Small group meetings for the Mind-Body Ambassadors always start with guided breathing. Students call it a "soft-belly" breath.

Ten students at a time sit in a circle in an upstairs teacher's lounge at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School - and they take slow, deep breaths from their diaphragms. 

"That just helps you clear your mind, and it really helps," said Arthy Suresh, who just finished her sophomore year. 

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Retired NBA star Dwyane Wade was a surprise guest speaker Sunday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School's graduation ceremony, leading cheers and recalling how nervous he was to meet students following the on-campus shootings last year that claimed 17 lives.

Wade called himself "part of this MSD family" and told graduates that it was understandable if they feel unsure about their futures — because in some ways, after 16 years in the NBA, he also is unsure exactly what his future entails.

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