Harvard case offers reminder of perils of online misbehavior

U.S. 06/18/19, 17:34

The racist social-media posts were originally shared only among friends — in text messages and a Goggle document. But someone took screenshots, which led Harvard University to revoke an offer of admission to a Parkland high school survivor.The decision announced Monday serves as a reminder to aspiring college students and ...

Texas governor signs bill allowing more armed teachers

U.S. 06/06/19, 14:56

Texas will allow more teachers to have guns in school and will increase mental health services for students under bills that Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Thursday as major parts of the state's response to a 2018 mass shooting at a high school near Houston.School districts will be allowed ...

Judge reduces bond for former deputy in Parkland shooting

U.S. 06/06/19, 13:17

A judge reduced bail on Thursday for a former Florida deputy charged with 11 criminal counts after failing to confront the gunman in the Parkland school massacre. Scot Peterson was expected to be released later in the day.Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer set bond at $39,500 for Peterson, down from the ...

Some of the most recent deadly US mass shootings

U.S. 05/31/19, 19:40

A longtime city worker opened fire Friday in a building that houses Virginia Beach government offices, killing 11 people and wounding six others.A list of some of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States in the last two years:— Feb. 15, 2019: Gary Martin killed five co-workers at a ...

Feeling Aretha’s spirit, J Hud honors icon at Pulitzers

Entertainment 05/28/19, 15:56

With bad weather in Chicago on Monday and her flight canceled, Jennifer Hudson fretted at the thought of missing her performance at Tuesday's Pulitzer Prize awards ceremony to pay tribute to honoree Aretha Franklin.But then Hudson said she felt the spirit of the Queen of Soul — who refused to ...

Prosecutors want Florida massacre suspect’s medical records

U.S. 05/28/19, 00:20

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.Psychologist Daniel Mauer treated Cruz before the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting at ...

50 trombones given out to honor slain Parkland student

U.S. 05/12/19, 14:12

Fifty special trombones have been given out to band students throughout Florida in honor of a teenager who died in the Parkland high school shooting.The South Florida SunSentinel reports that $50,000 worth of the instruments were awarded Saturday in honor of 14-year-old Alex Schachter, who was a trombone player in ...

Texas seeks more armed school personnel after mass shooting

Texas 05/07/19, 12:24

Nearly a year after a mass shooting at a Texas high school in which eight students and two substitute teachers were killed, lawmakers in the gun-friendly state are close to passing new measures that they say would harden campuses by adding more armed school personnel, beefing up security plans and ...

Judge: Massacre suspect’s attorneys can’t summon counselors

U.S. 05/02/19, 12:06

Attorneys for the former student charged with last year's Florida high school massacre won't get to secretly subpoena his former mental health counselors.Judge Elizabeth Scherer in an order posted Thursday ruled Nikolas Cruz's public defenders under Florida law can't force counselors who treated him before the shooting to be interviewed ...

Florida Supreme Court rules against Parkland sheriff

U.S. 04/23/19, 16:02

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled against a sheriff who fought his removal from office after the governor claimed he failed to prevent last year's Parkland school shooting.Florida's highest court agreed Tuesday that Gov. Ron DeSantis was within his authority to suspend Scott Israel as Broward County sheriff earlier this ...

The week ahead in Florida: Budget, highways, guns in schools

U.S. 04/20/19, 16:41

Florida lawmakers are entering the final two weeks of their annual 60-day session — the period when bills either start flying, or start dying.It's when things get unpredictable and hectic as deals are being made on the largest issues facing lawmakers. And even though lawmakers have had seven weeks to ...

‘We don’t get over it’: Pain of mass shootings stretches on

U.S. 04/18/19, 00:20

Alex Rozenblat can still hear the cries of a wounded boy calling for help as she hid from the gunfire that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year.Talking to therapists at the school in Parkland, Florida, didn't help. Each session had a different counselor, and she ...

Cruz attorneys want to question his mental counselors alone

U.S. 04/18/19, 00:09

Attorneys for the suspect in last year's Florida school massacre will ask a judge to let them question his former mental health counselors without prosecutors present.Attorneys for Nikolas Cruz are scheduled Thursday to ask Judge Elizabeth Scherer for permission to question the counselors without notifying prosecutors or allowing their attendance. ...

School shootings’ effects on police officers understudied

Health 04/17/19, 00:58

The first SWAT team members to see the horror in the Columbine High School library had to step around bodies and ignore a wounded student's plea for help as they searched for shooters they didn't know had already died by their own hands.As member Grant Whitus put it, officers carried ...

26 victims of Parkland shooting sue school board, sheriff

U.S. 04/10/19, 10:27

Survivors and family members of the slain victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, had plans Wednesday to sue the school district, the sheriff's office, a deputy and a school monitor, claiming their negligence allowed the massacre to happen.Lawyers for the victims planned to file the lawsuits in state ...

Principals from schools with shootings form support network

U.S. 04/10/19, 07:02

In the days after a teenager shot and killed three fellow students at Ohio's Chardon High School in 2012, then-Principal Andy Fetchik remembers getting a call from someone who knew just what he was experiencing.It was Frank DeAngelis, the principal of Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, during the deadly ...

School shooting suspect ordered to attend pretrial hearings

U.S. 04/05/19, 11:32

A judge ordered the suspect in last year's Florida high school massacre to attend his pretrial hearings after his attorneys refused to let her question him.Attorneys for Nikolas Cruz say he has agreed to skip the hearings because his presence draws television coverage that emotionally damages survivors of the Feb. ...

Judge rejects lawsuit from sheriff fired in Florida shooting

U.S. 04/04/19, 16:25

A judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Florida sheriff whom Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended after accusing him of failing to prevent the Parkland school shooting.Broward Circuit Judge David Haimes ruled that DeSantis' executive order removing Scott Israel from his position as Broward County sheriff was consistent with ...

Parkland looks beyond therapy to reach teens after suicides

U.S. 03/27/19, 16:09

Days after the suicides of two student survivors of the Parkland school shooting, community leaders were frantically putting extra services in place Wednesday to try to connect with those hard-to-reach students who are averse to traditional therapy.A local nonprofit had planned to open a teen wellness center near Marjory Stoneman ...

Massacre suspect wants mental health experts names sealed

Health 03/26/19, 04:37

The suspect in last year's Florida high school massacre will be back in court as his attorneys try to prevent prosecutors from learning the mental health experts they are consulting.Attorneys for Nikolas Cruz will argue Tuesday that the names of the mental health experts who visit him in jail shouldn't ...

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