Parkland school shooting

McClatchy, BSO

Despite resigning in disgrace after the Parkland school shooting, former Broward Sheriff's Office deputy Scot Peterson is receiving a generous state pension that will pay him more than he made in his last year on the force.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Parents
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

There was no excitement or celebration when Lori Alhadeff and Ryan Petty filed their candidacy papers Tuesday morning to run for Broward County School Board

Instead, the parents were somber as they spoke of their sense of duty to make schools safer nearly three months after a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School left their children dead. Fifteen others were also killed in the shooting Feb. 14. 

March for our lives parkland
Leslie Ovalle / WLRN

Even before the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting in February that killed 17 people, guns played a part in Parkland’s politics: many people here own guns and support the Second Amendment. But in the two months since the shooting, the debate over gun rights has grown more contentious.  

Susan Stocker / Sun Sentinel

Since his older brother Nikolas Cruz opened fire on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School killing 17 students and staff members, Zachary Cruz has been arrested twice, kicked out of his home and doesn't have a job or a license.

His attorney is now asking a judge to give the 18-year-old a chance at a new life in Virginia where he's been offered a home, a job and counseling.

Washed Ashore

Guests for Sundial for Tuesday, May 8, 2018:

 

Ryan Petty is the father of Alaina Petty, one of the victims of the Parkland shooting. He sits on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, which had its first meeting last month. On Sundial, Petty discussed what happened at the meeting and the process of making high schools safer for students.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

On the afternoon of Feb. 14, Fawn Patterson got a call from her daughter telling her to come to the hospital.

Political ads in Georgia's Republican gubernatorial primary this year may be the most charged of any intraparty battle around the country, especially when it comes to guns.

One ad shows former state Sen. Hunter Hill at a shooting range loading one gun, eyes steady on the camera, and firing another.

"We don't need a carry permit," Hill says in the ad. "The only thing we need as Americans is the U.S. Constitution. And as governor, I won't give an inch on our Second Amendment."

CARL JUSTE / Miami Herald

Superintendent Robert Runcie opened a community forum on Monday night by saying he’s not a liar.

“There are some out there that are concerned that somehow we misled the public. Some will say we lied. I mean, I’ve heard all of it,” Runcie said during a “workshop” on a disciplinary program known as PROMISE.

MSD Prom
Courtesy of DJ Ivanco / WLRN

Juniors and seniors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School marked a high school milestone this weekend: Prom.

Everything for the students' night, like the ballroom at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, the flowers and the decorations, were provided by local businesses and Stoneman Douglas alumni for free or at cost. 

Mike Sipes Entertainment was one of the companies that reached out to help. The Pompano Beach business donated music and DJ services to the students to show support.

Susan Stocker / Sun Sentinel

A civil rights organization announced Thursdayit has filed a federal law against Broward County sheriff’s deputies, prosecutors and a judge for allegedly “torturing” Zachary Cruz, the brother of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

To grant relief to a community still reeling from a school shooting that left 17 dead, Gov. Rick Scott signed a sweeping education bill exempting Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students, including graduating seniors, from taking standardized tests this spring.

But it didn't specifically give a waiver to about 1,500 underclassmen — half the student body — who are, sooner or later, on the hook for taking exams required for a high school diploma.

In a move prompted by the Parkland high school shooting, the waiting period to purchase a firearm in Hillsborough County is now five days.

FDLE Agent Named To Oversee School Safety

May 3, 2018

A longtime agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will direct the state’s Office of Safe Schools, which was created after a mass shooting in February that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County. 

Tens of thousands of gun owners are gathering in Dallas for the National Rifle Association's annual convention, as the group's leadership rallies its rank-and-file in a political climate altered by the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and the student protests that followed.

The aftermath of the mass shooting, which cost 17 lives, makes this an important moment for the NRA. While its leaders remain insistent that more gun control will not stop such carnage, some acknowledge a shift in the way the country is talking about firearms.

Susan Stocker / Sun Sentinel

Zachary Cruz, the younger brother of accused Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz, is in trouble again.

On Tuesday, the Broward County Sheriff's Office issued a warrant for Zachary Cruz's arrest for violating his probation on charges stemming from his March 19 arrest for trespassing on Marjory Stoneman Douglas school grounds in Parkland. He was arrested Tuesday night by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and booked into the Palm Beach County jail on the warrant.

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