Parkland school shooting

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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. 

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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.

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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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 After being allowed to skip one hearing, a Florida judge on Friday told school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz he must appear in court when issues central to his death penalty case are discussed.

At a morning session, Cruz told Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer he didn’t want to take part in a hearing Friday concerning his alleged assault on a jail corrections officer. Scherer granted his request.

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Sun Sentinel / WLRN

A date has been set for trial in the case of confessed Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz versus the State of Florida. 

Judge Elizabeth Scherer issued an order on Thursday announcing the pretrial motions will begin on January 13, 2020 and jury selection will start on January 27. 

"In February, 2019, this Court put all parties on notice that the trial in this matter would commence in January, 2020," the order states. 

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New state policies born out of the Parkland school shooting have drawn the scrutiny of two national nonprofit research organizations, which have argued in recent reports that the strategies could lead to violence or discrimination against students.

The Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, D.C., and the Southern Poverty Law Center released reports this month criticizing Florida’s response to the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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When Nikolas Cruz, the confessed Parkland shooter, was still in middle school, his therapist and school psychiatrist took the unusual step of jointly writing a letter to his private psychiatrist.

“Per recent information shared in school he dreams of killing others and [being] covered in blood,” they wrote, indicating they wanted the psychiatrist to be aware of the dreams in case that person could alter his medication.

A House committee will take up legislation on Tuesday aimed at preventing mass shootings, as lawmakers and the White House move to respond to a recent spate of attacks across the country.

The bills being considered by the House Judiciary Committee include measures that would limit access to high-capacity gun magazines and block any person convicted of a hate crime from obtaining a firearm.

Miami Herald

As the city of Weston's Monday commission meeting clocked out early the next morning, City Attorney Jamie Cole discussed updates on a lawsuit that could potentially change the course of gun legislation statewide. 

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Carline Jean / South Florida Sun Sentinel via pool / WLRN

The confessed-Parkland school shooter, Nikolas Cruz, had a bandage across the bridge of his nose as he stood and raised his handcuffed hand to address a Broward County Courtroom on Wednesday afternoon. 

 

Cruz spoke for himself under oath, instead of letting his team of public defenders speak for him as he has done in the past. He told Judge Elizabeth Scherer that he waives his right to be  present at future status hearings about his case, though he may have to be present at more substantive hearings.

Joe Cavaretta / South Florida Sun Sentinel

A state panel has voted unanimously to revoke the law enforcement accreditation of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the largest sheriff’s office in Florida.

The loss of accreditation — a voluntary certification sought by law enforcement agencies — won’t affect BSO’s operations in a major way. But it is a further blow to the agency’s prestige at a time when a new command staff, including a new sheriff, are dealing with a string of failures and questionable conduct by deputies.

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Miami Herald / WLRN

Scott Israel, the suspended Broward County sheriff, filed paperwork Monday formally signaling his intention to run in the Democratic primary for sheriff in 2020.

The paperwork allows him to raise and spend campaign money. Candidates don't formally qualify as candidates until June.

Israel's move wasn't a surprise. He told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel months ago that he was "100 percent certain" he would be on the ballot as a candidate for the job in 2020 — regardless of his status.

Sam Turken / WLRN

Two additional Broward County Sheriff's Office deputies have been fired for their response to the Parkland school shooting.

Sheriff Gregory Tony announced Wednesday the completion of an internal affairs investigation that reviewed the performance of seven officers who responded to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018.    

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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. 

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