Stoneman

The grief and mourning continue for the 17 students and staff killed on the afternoon of Feb. 14 during a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. But something else is happening among the anguish of the interrupted lives of the victims and survivors. Out of the agony, activism has emerged and students from across South Florida are speaking out together asking for stricter gun controls.

Here's a list of grief counseling resources available for the community

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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

City of Hollywood commissioners met again Wednesday to talk about where to put a new 911 radio tower.

   

Commissioners worked out key terms they want included in an agreement with Broward County in order to choose a location for the tower, after nine months of back-and-forth. 

It's an incremental step forward: Hollywood staff can now draft an actual agreement, which commissioners will vote on next week. Broward's county commission will also have to vote on the agreement.

Peterson Arrest Adds A Wrinkle To Suspended Broward Sheriff's Appeal

Jun 10, 2019
Sun Sentinel

With a hearing poised to start next week on the fate of suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, one of his attorneys suggested Monday that the case could be affected by the arrest of Scot Peterson, the former resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Israel has appealed to the Florida Senate as he fights his ouster by Gov. Ron DeSantis, who alleged that “neglect of duty” and “incompetence” by Israel were connected to the February 2018 mass shooting at the Parkland high school that killed 17 people.

Sam Turken / WLRN

After meeting on Thursday, Broward County and Hollywood commissioners still disagree over where to put a new 911 communications tower. 

The meeting between both sets of lawmakers was the latest highlight of a nine-month battle between the county and city over the location of the 911 tower. The Broward commission has wanted the tower placed in the county-owned West Lake Park but has needed the city’s approval to build the tower there.

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Broward County Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer lowered bond for former Broward Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson Thursday, and won’t make him wear an ankle monitor after his release. 

Peterson was arrested Tuesday for his inaction during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year. Charges include seven counts of neglect of a child, three counts of culpable negligence and one count of perjury.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission
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This post was updated at 5:25 p.m.

Police chiefs in Broward are pushing for the sheriff's office (BSO) to take over management of the regional 911 communications system from the county.

Amy Beth Bennett

When every second counted, as students were screaming and dying in their classrooms, school security officer Scot Peterson hid rather than respond. His inaction resulted in his arrest Tuesday on charges of neglecting his duty.

Peterson stood alone in the Broward County Main Jail’s prisoner assembly room for his first court appearance Wednesday morning. He is charged with seven counts of child neglect with great bodily harm, three counts of culpable negligence and exposure to harm, and one count of perjury, records showed.

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This story was updated at 7:45 p.m. 

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has arrested former Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson for his inaction during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland last year, which left 17 dead and 17 others injured.

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Retired NBA star Dwyane Wade was a surprise guest speaker Sunday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School's graduation ceremony, leading cheers and recalling how nervous he was to meet students following the on-campus shootings last year that claimed 17 lives.

Wade called himself "part of this MSD family" and told graduates that it was understandable if they feel unsure about their futures — because in some ways, after 16 years in the NBA, he also is unsure exactly what his future entails.

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Prosecutors are seeking mental health and medical records of the former student charged with last year's Florida school massacre. 

Prosecutors will ask Judge Elizabeth Scherer on Tuesday to order a psychologist and an orthopedic clinic turn over Nikolas Cruz's records.

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A judge has dismissed a Florida school board's request that a newspaper and two reporters be held in contempt for publishing information about the former student charged with last year's campus massacre.

Judge Elizabeth Scherer on Monday dismissed the Broward County School Board's request that she find the South Florida Sun Sentinel in contempt for publishing redacted material from an August report about Nikolas Cruz's educational background. The district argued the material was redacted to protect his privacy.

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Michelle Kefford, the Flanagan High School principal who was recently named Florida’s 2019 principal of the year, will be the new principal at Stoneman Douglas High, replacing Ty Thompson (and co-principal Teresa Hall).

Kefford was formerly a science teacher at Stoneman Douglas.

Jamie Doolittle / WLRN News

Parkland officials announced Friday they have decided to keep the Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) as its law enforcement provider. This decision was made despite the heavy criticism the sheriff's office  faced after the Stoneman Douglas massacre.

The city of Parkland hired the Center for Public Safety to conduct a review of the city's policing options. The options included  the city establishing its own police department, partnering with another municipality or continuing its current relationship with BSO.

Mike Stocker / South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool

A Broward Circuit Court judge has held off ruling on whether the confessed Parkland school shooter still needs a public defender, amid questions about his finances and concerns that changing his legal team could delay the start of his trial.

With the pending payout of a parent's life insurance policy, the confessed Parkland, Fla., school shooter could get more than $430,000. So he is no longer entitled to be represented for free by a public defender, his lawyers said in a court filing Wednesday asking to withdraw from the case.

"It has come to the attention of undersigned counsel that Nikolas Cruz is a beneficiary in a MetLife life insurance policy and is entitled to half of a death benefit valued at $864,929.17 as of April 23, 2019," the Broward County Public Defender's Office wrote.

Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

Suspended Broward Sheriff Scott Israel lost his fight Tuesday to have the Florida Supreme Court return him to duty.

The court ruled that Gov. Ron DeSantis had the constitutional authority to suspend Israel for lapses in his agency when responding to mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland and the Fort Lauderdale airport.

Israel argued the suspension was politically motivated and usurped the will of voters.

He can still fight his suspension in the Florida Senate, which is responsible for upholding or overturning the governor’s suspension.

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