School Safety

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. 

News Service of Florida

Guy Grace, a school-security official whose Colorado community was rocked by the 1999 murders at Columbine High School, shared school-hardening solutions Wednesday with a commission formed after this year’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Peter Haden / WLRN News

The state commission investigating the Florida school massacre will discuss improving campus safety and hear about education and health privacy laws.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission begins its monthly two-day meeting Wednesday. The 14 members will hear from experts on "school hardening" and state and federal privacy laws.

On Thursday, the commission will discuss school shootings nationally and the Florida Department of Children and Families' response to calls regarding suspect Nikolas Cruz.

Courtesy of Sarah Lerner

After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, English teacher Sarah Lerner was displaced from her classroom. Now she’s going back.

David Santiago / Miami Herald

Schools reopen in Broward County next week, and students are feeling anxious about returning after the deadly shooting that struck the district almost six months ago.

Associated Press

Two weeks after the principal of the Parkland school said otherwise, the superintendent of Broward County Public Schools has scrapped plans to introduce metal detectors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by the start of classes on Aug. 15.

Markham Park
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Broward County is almost done training its first group of armed school safety officers, called Guardians, in time for the first day of school on Aug. 15. 

Miami Herald Archive

School resource officers and police departments throughout South Florida have a message for any student who thinks it might be a funny prank to call in a threat to a school: it’s a serious crime with grave consequences. And they’re cracking down.

Lily Oppenheimer / WLRN

A state investigative panel plans to interview officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation about why they failed to act on a tip that could have prevented the Parkland shooting.

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