Parkland school shooting

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
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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.

AP via Miami Herald

When Meadow Pollack died, she had nine bullets in her petite body.

The Parkland shooting victim was one of 17 students and educators killed Feb. 14 when confessed gunman Nikolas Cruz shot up the halls of Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an assault-style weapon.

Not far away was Scot Peterson, a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy and Stoneman's school resource officer who heard the shooting, but stood outside the building as Cruz opened fire on his classmates.

Stoneman Shooting Survivors
Leslie Ovalle / WLRN

"We are the long-term people." That's how  Dr. Judith Aronson-Ramos, a member of the Advisory Board of Parkland Cares, describes the mission of the organization. 

Nadege Green / WLRN

Immediately after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting, counselors and therapists were available in local parks.  But since that public showing of mental health support, students and their families continue to struggle with the trauma of what happened.

Nikolas Cruz
Sun Sentinel

Nikolas Cruz, the confessed-shooter in the Parkland school massacre, had a short hearing on Friday. 

Cruz was again very silent, with his head down, as he has been at all of his previous court appearances. His team of public defenders announced he is waiving his right to a speedy trial.

 


Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz is due back in court for a hearing designed to get the death penalty case moving forward.

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