Parkland school shooting

Alyssa’s Law, Requiring Panic Alarms In Schools, Heads To Governor’s Desk

Mar 11, 2020
Bobby Caina Calvan / AP

A bill named after a 14-year-old girl killed in the Parkland massacre that will require panic alarms in the state’s schools is heading to the governor’s desk.

The Florida Senate gave final approval Tuesday night to Alyssa’s Law as her mother Lori Alhadeff watched from the gallery.

Alhadeff said she made eight trips to Tallahassee to advocate for the legislation, which was sponsored by Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, and Reps. Michael Gottlieb, D-Davie, and Dan Daley, D-Coral Springs.

Maria Esquinca

On the eve of the two-year anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, community members attended the book launch of If I Don’t Make It, I Love You: Survivors in the Aftermath of School Shootings at Broward College. 

The anthology is a compilation of work from more than 80 survivors of school shootings. The book spans 52 years and begins with first-person narratives of the Santa Fe High School shooting in 2018 and ends with accounts from the University of Texas Tower shooting in 1966. 

Parkland Anniversary
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Friday marks two years since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. 

For survivors of trauma this time of year, stories on the news, images and sounds can trigger painful feelings and sometimes symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.  

Healing is an ongoing process. To understand how this is affecting the MSD community, WLRN spoke with Dr. Jessica J. Ruiz, the Chief Psychologist and Director for Behavioral Health Associates of Broward, the Counseling Centers of Goodman Jewish Family Services.

Mark Wallheiser / AP

Parkland father Fred Guttenberg was removed from President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday after the president proclaimed that he would protect Second Amendment rights, and Guttenberg retorted in frustration: “What about the victims of gun violence, like my daughter?”

Parkland Father Fred Guttenberg Escorted From State Of The Union After Shouting At President Trump

Feb 5, 2020
MATIAS J. OCNER / MIAMI HERALD

The father of a high school freshman killed in the 2018 mass shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was removed from the audience at President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night after shouting out during the president’s speech.

Ex-Broward Sheriff Scott Israel: Court Battle Should Continue

Feb 4, 2020
Miami Herald File

TALLAHASSEE — Arguing that proceedings resulting in his ouster “were little more than a sham,” former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel wants a federal judge to reject a request by Senate President Bill Galvano and Gov. Ron DeSantis to toss out a lawsuit challenging Israel’s removal from office.

Emily Taguchi and Stephanie Walsh / ABC Documentaries

Feb. 14 marks two years since 16 students and one teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were killed on campus. Since the tragedy, students have organized nationwide protests focused on gun violence, successfully lobbied for legislation in the Florida legislature over school safety and started the next chapter of their lives in college and beyond. The upcoming ABC News documentary, "After Parkland," explores how the parents and students have recovered from the tragedy and were inspired to take action in very different ways.

WIKIPEDIA.COM

A series of polls from the St. Leo University Polling Institute shows that Floridians are deeply divided on some of the major issues that the state will face in the upcoming year. That sharp divide is reflected on how those polled feel about arming school teachers.

The poll shows half of those who responded oppose allowing teaches to carry weapons in classrooms. About 42 percent are in favor of the Florida law that allows classroom teachers to carry guns — if the teachers volunteer to do so.

WLRN

Talking to children and teens about trauma varies by age level. 

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 - especially around the holidays.

Nikolas Cruz
The Sun Sentinel via press pool / WLRN

The confessed Parkland shooter was in a Broward County courtroom Tuesday for a hearing. 

 

courtesy of Lori Alhadeff

Legislation named in honor of 14-year-old Alyssa Alhadeff, who was one of 17 people who died in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas School, would require silent panic alarms in every public school building in Florida to alert police and rescuers to emergencies.

“We need to create layers and layers of protection to help keep our schools safe,” said Lori Alhadeff, Alyssa’s mother. “Alyssa’s Law, these silent panic alarms, is another layer of protection to help save lives.”

Former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, ousted following the Parkland high school massacre, is suing over his removal from office.

MSD
Peter Haden / WLRN

In the more than 20 months since the deadly shooting in Parkland, the state has passed a number of laws to address school safety, including the controversial measure allowing teachers to be armed. 

MIAMI HERALD file

One of the three assistant principals who were reassigned as a demonstration of accountability after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has been cleared of wrongdoing by a school district investigation.

Assistant Principal Winfred Porter Jr., along with other colleagues, was reassigned a year ago to a district office. The move came shortly after Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie promised disciplinary action tied to the district’s perceived failure to penalize anyone but a few low-level employees.

PEDRO PORTAL / MIAMI HERALD

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony on Monday officially launched his campaign for next year’s high-stakes election, setting up a showdown with his predecessor who was ousted from the post after the Parkland school shooting.

Tony, a Democrat who is making his first run for elected office, has a formidable opponent among the eight other candidates — ousted Sheriff Scott Israel, who was elected in 2012 and 2016 and wants his old job back.

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