School Safety

Broward Teachers
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Boodnaraine Tihal has been a teacher for 50 years. He started when he was just 18 years-old, in his home country of Guyana. He also taught in the Bahamas, and even was a principal before coming to the U.S. to teach at Seminole Middle School, in Plantation.

He's taught a little bit of everything, from civics, to government, and math.

But now he's retiring. His last day in the classroom is Friday, Oct.19, the end of the school's first quarter.

Joe Cavaretta / Sun Sentinel)

It’s like a contagion that peaked after the Parkland school shooting and showed some signs of dying down. That is, until two new cases cropped up within the past week of threats being made against a school.

A 13-year-old boy on Sunday threatened to “shoot up” Pines Middle School via an Instagram chat group.

Children registering for school in Florida this year were asked to reveal some history about their mental health.

The new requirement is part of a law rushed through the state legislature after the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

The state’s school districts now must ask whether a child has ever been referred for mental health services on registration forms for new students.

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State lawmakers are scheduled to meet Friday to discuss the state's long-term financial outlook. Also notable is what's not on the agenda.

Gov. Rick Scott recently asked legislative leaders to give school districts another shot at money some of them rejected because they didn't want to arm school staff. The Joint Legislative Budget Commission — chaired by House and Senate leaders — won't consider his proposal.

How many times per year does a gun go off in an American school?

We should know. But we don't.

This spring the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, "nearly 240 schools ... reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting." The number is far higher than most other estimates.

Videos show chaos as gunman attacked Parkland school — but don’t answer key questions

Aug 23, 2018
Broward Sheriff's Office

Newly released surveillance footage shows students streaming from campus as ex-student Nikolas Cruz entered a building at a Parkland high school, shooting and killing 17 people. The footage also shows law enforcement officers entering Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School minutes after Cruz’s shooting spree ended at 2:27 p.m. on Feb 14.

But it doesn’t appear to capture something crucial: at least three Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies who arrived in time to hear Cruz firing but couldn’t locate where the massacre was taking place.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

For the first time in the 61-year history of the Miami-Dade County school district police department, no cops were absent on the first day of school.

Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post

The Palm Beach County school district is planning changes for upcoming football games after two people were shot during a pre-season match late Friday night.

Some football games will be played on Saturday mornings, and remaining Friday games will start an hour earlier, at 6 p.m., as a result of the shooting during the Palm Beach Central High School game against William T. Dwyer High School. Also, from now on, only clear bags will be allowed at games, and there will be no re-entry allowed if people leave the stadium during a game.

Democrat Jeff Greene’s campaign bus pulled up to Jacksonville’s Northwestern Middle School a few weeks ahead of the start of school. The Palm Beach billionaire came to the low-income area to give backpacks to kids.

Carl Juste / Miami Herald

A student pulled a fire alarm on the second day back at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, prompting panicked feelings among survivors still recovering from the trauma of February’s fatal shooting.

Florida will soon launch a new app that will allow people to anonymously report suspicious activity in the state's schools.

Robert Runcie
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Summer is just about over for students and teachers in South Florida. Schools reopened in Palm Beach County on Monday. On Wednesday, they reopened in Monroe and Broward Counties.

David Santiago / Miami Herald

Six months to the day after the shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — and coming shortly after the Broward County school district’s controversial reversal of a plan to install metal detectors at the Parkland school — a consultant tasked with providing a security assessment recommended against using the devices.

Monroe County School District

Across Florida, school is starting with new attention to school safety and security. In the Keys, that means more than increased police protection.

Sam Turken / WLRN

Families of the students killed during the Parkland school shooting say Broward County Public Schools needs new leadership, citing the school district's "incompetence" and failed policy response to the massacre in February. 

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