School Safety

After Parkland, there have been many calls to make schools a "harder target" — for example, by arming teachers. But there's a decent amount of research out there on what actually makes schools safer, and most of it doesn't point to more guns.

Peter Haden / WLRN

Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz discussed gun control at a roundtable Monday alongside students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

In the wake of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at the school that killed 17 people, Wasserman Shultz said state and federal legislators must act.

“We have to ban semi-automatic assault rifles. We have to ban high-capacity magazines. And we have to make sure that background checks are universal,” said Wasserman Schultz.

The Florida Senate on Monday night passed a comprehensive gun control and school safety bill crafted in response to the Parkland shooting by the narrowist margin.

Before passing the bill 20-18, the Republican-led Senate scaled down the plan for allowing teachers to be armed. Under the new version, people who are “exclusively” classroom teachers would not be allowed to carry concealed firearms unless they’re in the military or law enforcement. Other staff would still qualify.

Citing Student Safety, FIU Wants To Open Access Road Through A Nature Preserve

Mar 4, 2018
Handout Scott Galvin

Florida International University's sprawling Biscayne Bay Campus has one serious problem, President Mark Rosenberg said— there's only one way in and one way out. And complicating the issue, he said: There are three public schools on the only access road that adds to the traffic.

“We are sitting on a very dangerous situation,” he said Sunday, referring to what would happen if there is an emergency situation and people had to evacuate along 151st Street. “My highest priority is student safety.”

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

Last year, a school resource officer at a Key West middle school investigated several incidents involving guns.

Now the Key West Police Department is taking action, based on an internal investigation.

Police Chief Donie Lee has proposed firing Officer David Hall. The officer has requested a pre-determination hearing, which has not been scheduled. He is currently suspended with pay.

Associated Press

Fifteen students have been charged in one Florida county for threats, “jokes,” and gun comments since the Parkland massacre, and the sheriff says he’s going to make them pay.

Literally.

Make a threat in Volusia County, even if you think it’s just a joke, and you’re going to pay at least $1,082. You can count on that — in addition to any relevant criminal charges for your threats or actions.

Peter Haden / WLRN

Gov. Rick Scott says he expects major school safety reform to pass by next Friday — the last day of the legislative session.

Scott pushed his $500 million plan at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Thursday.

Gov. Scott’s plan would include more law enforcement officers at schools, target hardening (making school buildings harder to attack or breach), more funding for mental health programs and keeping guns away from people who may be a threat to themselves or others.

“We have the money,” Scott said. “We have to spend the money.”

Terence Shepherd / WLRN News

A controversial proposal that would allow armed teachers in schools has led to bipartisan bickering and prompted accusations that people in both parties are making political pawns of victims of this month’s catastrophic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 14 students and three faculty members dead.

Tim Padgett / WLRN News

Almost two weeks after the Parkland school shooting that killed 17 people, Florida Gov. Rick Scott came to Miami-Dade County on Tuesday to detail his vision for stronger school safety. He was joined by parents of two of the student victims.

At Miami-Dade police headquarters in Doral, Scott laid out a three-pronged, $500 million proposal to prevent future school shootings in Florida:

Governor Rick Scott’s plan for responding to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School includes $50 million in additional funding to expand mental health services for children and youth. 

The high school shooting in Parkland is sparking a lot of questions from children who are wondering if something similar could happen at their school.

Guest for Sundial on Thursday, Feb. 22:

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting survivor turned gun reform activist David Hoggs addressed conspiracy theories accusing him of being a "crisis actor" and what he hopes to achieve through advocacy. 

Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates was in charge of the Colorado police department in 2012 during the Aurora theater shooting that took 12 lives. He relayed his experience in that situation and answered questions about what is fiscally feasible and likely to happen reform school safety. 

Updated at 3:37 p.m. ET

During a gathering with governors at the White House, President Trump called for strengthening school defenses and improving the "early warning" system in response to this month's deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

"Our nation is heartbroken," Trump said. "We'll turn our grief into action."

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said Thursday the school resource officer stationed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas was suspended without pay after he learned the deputy never went into the building when the shooting began.

Scot Peterson chose to resign and retire Thursday morning Israel said.

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