FL - 17 killed in Stoneman Douglas H.S. shooting, Parkland, 14 Feb 2018 #4 *Arrest*

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    'I still weep': Parkland survivors write book on shooting
    'I still weep': Parkland survivors write book on shooting
    The book by 43 students and teachers who lived through the massacre gives a poignant, raw, and sometimes graphic look into the six-minute shooting spree where 17 died and its aftermath.
    January 22, 2019
    PARKLAND — Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories needed to be written, its authors believe, but wish desperately it hadn't.
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    Detective: Sworn statement of deputy in Parkland shooting loaded with 'inaccuracies'

    1/22/2019

    "FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. —Broward Deputy Scot Peterson swore under oath that he heard only two or three shots when he arrived outside the freshman building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. There actually were over 70 fired then, though.

    "There is almost, on every detail that he gave in the statement, inaccuracies," the lead homicide detective in the shooting, John Curcio, told state agents investigating the police response to the Parkland school massacre.

    Curcio's interview, released Tuesday by the Broward State Attorney's Office, is significant because of his prominence in the criminal case against gunman Nikolas Cruz and his access to reams of evidence, including surveillance video.

    The detective cast doubts on Peterson's explanation for his failure to go into the building and confront the gunman. Peterson claimed he didn't know where the shots were coming from and —in a nationally televised interview —said he thought there may have been a sniper...

    Peterson is being sued for negligence by the parents of one of the dead children, Meadow Pollack...."

    Detective: Sworn statement of deputy in Parkland shooting loaded with 'inaccuracies'
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    Watch: BSO Will Not Be Held In Contempt Over Nikolas Cruz Medical Records

    "A Broward County judge says she will not hold the Broward Sheriff’s Office in contempt over the release of confessed Parkland school shooter Nikiolas Cruz."

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    Police: UCF Student Said He "Doesn't Like Laws," Made Machine Gun
    PUBLISHED 12:00 PM EST Jan. 30, 2019
    ORLANDO, Fla. — A UCF mechanical engineering student who told police he "doesn't like laws" is facing serious charges after making bump-fire stock devices to turn an AR-15 into a machine gun, investigators say.

    Max Bennett Chambers, 19, lived in Tower 3 on the campus of the University of Central Florida, where he was arrested on Tuesday afternoon on charges of possessing a machine gun and bump-fire stock devices.

    UCF Police looked into Chambers after receiving an anonymous tip through Crimeline, they said. When officers made contact with him, they said they got his permission to search his vehicle, where they found a black AR-15 rifle.
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    "At no time was there an expressed threat to the university community. However, any violation of state law and university policies related to firearms is concerning in this day and age," UCF Police Chief Carl Metzger said in a news release.

    UCF Police had previously visited Chambers on campus over a weapons policy violation, they said. In spring 2018, officers found he was in possession of part of a firearm, which isn't illegal but a violation of campus policy.
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    ‘There’s Signs In Handwriting That Will Make Me Scared’: Expert Says Handwriting Examination An Important Part Of ‘Threat Analysis’ (with clip)

    February 4, 2019

    "PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Accused of killing 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and injuring more than a dozen others, Nikolas Cruz had only been in custody a few hours when people started to dissect his life, trying to answer the questions: Why, and were there warning signs?

    His signature, scribbled on a court document just days after the shooting, was described by some as childlike.
    Local handwriting expert Michelle Dresbold says there was good reason to analyze it for answers.

    “I call it threat analysis. How dangerous is the writer of the note?” she said...."

    ‘There’s Signs In Handwriting That Will Make Me Scared’: Expert Says Handwriting Examination An Important Part Of ‘Threat Analysis’

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    Grieving dad, bent on justice, confronts former Parkland school watchman (with clip)

    February 7, 2019

    ""I'm not through with you yet!”

    Andrew Pollack, the father of a slain high school student, used those words to confront a former school watchman involved in the mass killing last February at Stoneman Douglas High School.

    Pollack showed up Wednesday at a ballfield at Pine Trails Park in Parkland and heckled former school security monitor Andrew Medina, who had failed to confront a scrawny teen trudging onto the Stoneman Douglas campus carrying a rifle bag.

    Pollack is suing Medina for negligence for his role in the 2018 massacre, which killed 17 people, including Pollack’s daughter, Meadow. She was a senior.

    Medina recognized gunman Nikolas Cruz as a former student known as “Crazy Boy,” but did not stop Cruz or call for the lockdown of the school. The school district fired Medina and he now works as a coach for a youth travel team league, Florida Pokers Baseball.

    According to a complaint filed in Broward Circuit Court, Pollack came to the field and “harassed and threatened” Medina...."

    Grieving dad, bent on justice, confronts former Parkland school watchman
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    One year after Parkland shooting, schools across the US continue to reflect

    February 10, 2019

    "For generations, the word “Columbine” has been synonymous with the phrase “school shooting.” For a new generation, the word “Parkland” contains the same meaning.

    Instances of school shootings span across the U.S., the ripple effects of which can be felt in communities today.

    The shootings that claimed 13 lives in Littleton, Colorado and 17 nearly two decades later in Parkland, Florida are just a few examples of this deadly phenomenon.

    For students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, it has almost been a year since former student Nikolas Cruz unleashed a hail of gunfire on campus, killing 17 people on Valentine’s Day. This holiday holds a new meaning for community members as well.
    Cruz, 20, faces the death penalty if convicted in the shooting. He is charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder.

    As he awaits trial, people continue to question Cruz’s motives. Why did he choose to open fire at his former high school? What, if anything, could have been done to prevent the tragedy from happening?..."

    One year after Parkland shooting, schools across the US continue to reflect – Daily Democrat
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    School shooters usually show these signs of distress long before they open fire, our database shows

    February 8, 2019

    "Two years before he lined his schoolmates up against a classroom wall and executed them one by one, the student, who would become the gunman, tried to show his English teacher something important.

    He had quietly slid up his sleeves to reveal the cut marks running down his arms. The teacher panicked. A novice educator at the time, she had never been coached or trained in what to do in these situations, what to say or how to help. So she passed the student off to another teacher, who then filed a form with the principal’s office. She felt fairly certain nothing else came of it.

    “He was asking for help,” the teacher said in reflecting on the encounter during a recent interview. “If I’d had some training to help him, a five-step sheet to follow, say this, say that, maybe I could have made a difference?”

    The story is one of dozens that we have collected over the past two years in our effort toward studying the life histories of mass shooters. It typifies what we believe is one of the biggest challenges that schools face when it comes to averting school shootings – and that is recognizing and acting upon warning signs that school shooters almost always give well before they open fire.

    We are both criminologists who study aggression and violence. One of us focuses on mental illness among offenders. The other has an extensive background in group violence.

    Together, we have built a database of the 160 mass public shootings that have taken place in the United States since 1966 for a project funded by the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. For mass public shootings, we use the common definition of an event in which four or more victims are killed with a gun in a public place...."

    School shooters usually show these signs of distress long before they open fire, our database shows
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    Parkland mom: ‘I feel that Alyssa is still coming home’

    February 11, 2019

    "PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Every morning, Lori Alhadeff makes breakfast for her two boys, gets dressed and sprays on her daughter’s Victoria’s Secret perfume....

    “I smell Alyssa,” Lori Alhadeff says, “so I feel like she’s more a part of me.”...

    “For me, it’s honestly still 2/14/18,” she says, through tears that often come as she remembers her daughter. “It’s not really set in that this is a reality for me. I feel that Alyssa is still coming home. She’s at her soccer game and she’s still going to walk through this door.”..."

    Parkland mom: 'I feel that Alyssa is still coming home'

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    This is where Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz's death penalty case stands a year later

    February 12, 2019

    "(CNN)A year after Nikolas Cruz massacred 17 people and injured 17 others at his former high school in Florida, the question is not whether he's guilty -- he's confessed on video. It's does he live or die?

    His defense team has offered a guilty plea in exchange for life in prison without the possibility of parole -- but only if prosecutors take the death penalty off the table. Prosecutors have rejected the plea, meaning a lengthy trial is all but inevitable.

    If the case goes to trial, Cruz will join a short list of mass shooters who've faced their victims in court. Of the 10 deadliest shootings in recent US history, Cruz is the only one who was captured alive.

    Here's the latest on his case:..."

    Nikolas Cruz trial: This is where things are a year later - CNN

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    The Parkland shooting one year later: What's been done?

    February 12, 2019

    "FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. —Never again. After the Parkland shooting a year ago, many people committed their lives to those two words.

    In the realms of school safety, policing, civic participation, mental health and access to guns, the heinous act of the Parkland gunman motivated change —locally, statewide and nationally. And the campaigns for change continue.

    It's a little harder to buy an assault rifle today or to hold onto one if you're mentally ill and violent. But gun policy reformers didn't get everything they wanted.

    Many schools are safer, with more guards and tighter access. But the job of hardening buildings and preparing for threats is not complete.

    At the top, some leaders like Broward Sheriff Scott Israel lost their jobs because of mistakes they made, but others remain in place. The need for widespread accountability remains.

    Here's a scorecard of what has changed since Parkland, and what hasn't...."

    The Parkland shooting one year later: What's been done?
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    A second BSO deputy is placed on ‘restricted duty’ after waiting outside Parkland shooting

    February 12, 2019

    "The Broward Sheriff’s Office placed a second deputy on restricted duty two weeks after a state public safety commission revealed in how the law enforcement agency responded to Florida’s deadliest school shooting, a BSO spokeswoman confirmed Friday.

    The deputy, Edward Eason, did not immediately enter the high school campus where a gunman killed 17 people on Feb. 14, state investigators told members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission. And the investigators said body-camera footage and audio recordings contradicted Eason’s reasons for staying outside...."

    A second BSO deputy is placed on ‘restricted duty’ after waiting outside Parkland shooting | Hartsburg News
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    Palmetto principal has a warning for school shooters. ‘We are going to put them down’ (with clip)

    FEBRUARY 07, 2019

    "PALMETTO
    Should an armed intruder ever get onto the campus of Manatee School for the Arts in Palmetto, they will not have fair fight on their hands. They, according to Principal Bill Jones, will be met with swift, overwhelming and deadly force by guards carrying semi-automatic rifles.

    Jones isn’t trying to hide the charter school’s security plan. He just hopes his warning acts as a deterrent.


    “If someone walks onto this campus, they’re going to be shot and killed,” Jones said. “We’re not going to talk with them. We’re not going to negotiate. We are going to put them down, as quickly as possible.”

    Since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act was enacted last year after the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 students and teachers in Parkland, every public school in Florida is required to have armed security on campus...."

    Palmetto principal has a warning for school shooters. ‘We are going to put them down’
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    Parkland Shooting Documentary Featuring Survivor Interviews Releasing Tuesday

    February 12, 2019

    "A documentary about the Parkland, Florida school shooting is out on Tuesday, featuring interviews with the survivors themselves.

    A new documentary about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last February comes out on Tuesday, two days before the one-year anniversary of the tragedy. It is titled Parkland: Inside Building 12, and it comes from filmmaker Charlie Minn, co-produced by Dreamscape Media. The film is available on Amazon Prime Video and hoopla digital on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

    The documentary leans heavily on eye-witness testimony by the survivors of the shooting, many of whom have gone on to become some of the most prominent activists in the country. It includes interviews with Emma Gonzalez, Maddy Wilford and others. Minn and his crew interviewed students and teachers alike, and the never-before-seen footage tells the story of the shooting that changed the way these tragedies are covered in the news media for good.

    The documentary also features re-enactments of the shooting, and the quick reactions of survivors in those brief few minutes they were under fire....."

    Parkland Shooting Movie Releasing Tuesday

    (Ytube trailer contains graphic images)


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    Florida Governor Orders Grand Jury Investigation Just Before Parkland Mass Shooting Anniversary

    February 13th, 2019

    "Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is ordering a grand jury investigation into how school districts statewide are addressing student security. The announcement comes the day before the one-year anniversary of the Parkland mass shooting, during which a gunman opened fire and killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County.

    The grand jury will be impaneled for a year and will have subpoena power in reviewing how school districts have been handling security funding, according to the Sun-Sentinel. For the last year, Broward County officials have been scrutinized and criticized for how they handled the shooting. Two security guards and a school resource officer lost their jobs over the incident.
    Nikolas Cruz, who was charged in the shooting, previously went to the school and was known for erratic behavior..

    “A lot of people were saying it was going to be him,” one student said in an ABC report. “A lot of kids threw jokes around saying that he was going to be the one to shoot up the school.”

    A report by the Collaborate Education Network of Tallahassee stated that school officials botched their handling of Cruz when he left the school as a junior...."

    Florida Governor Orders Grand Jury Investigation Just Before Parkland Mass Shooting Anniversary
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    Never far from my mind. Brave kids. Such treasures. Tears today for all schools ever violated this way. many tears.
     
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    Florida School Hires 2 Former Combat Veterans to Take Down Active Shooters

    February 12, 2019

    "By the end of February, the students at Manatee School for the Arts in Palmetto, Fla., will see two former combat veterans in body armor roaming the grounds, each carrying a 9-millimeter Glock handgun and a semiautomatic rifle with a 17-inch barrel.

    If an armed intruder were to enter the campus, “we’re not looking for a fair fight,” Bill Jones, the principal, said in an interview. “We’re looking at an overwhelming advantage.”

    Legislation passed after the Parkland massacre last year requires schools in Florida to have at least one “safe-school officer.” Manatee School for the Arts, a charter for 2,100 middle and high school students, is the only school in Manatee County that chose to hire guards who carry rifles, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Department, which trained the guards.

    “It’s just a much more effective weapon than the handgun is,” Dr. Jones said....

    Florida’s bill, named the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act after the school where the Parkland shooting occurred a year ago this week, gave schools the option of choosing between a school resource officer, who is employed by a law enforcement agency; a school safety officer, who is employed by either a law enforcement agency or by the district school board; or a school guardian, a school employee trained to stop lethal attacks....

    Manatee School for the Arts hired one guardian with 15 years of infantry experience who has now been on campus for a couple of months, Dr. Jones said. A second guardian, also a combat veteran, is finishing his training and will begin working later this month, he added....

    Spending a lot of money to arm security officers addresses only one type of school safety concern, said Amanda Klinger, the director of operations at the Educator’s School Safety Network, an organization that trains educators and administrators in violence-prevention measures.

    “We don’t know that those security interventions will stop the things that they’re seeking to stop,” Ms. Klinger said. “My question is, what else are they doing to keep kids safe in schools? What are they doing to keep kids safe from risks or threats other than active shooters?”"

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    Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act
    CS/SB 7026 — Public Safety
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    "The bill (Chapter 2018-3, L.O.F.) comprehensively addresses the crisis of gun violence, including but not limited to, gun violence on school campuses. The Legislature intends to address this crisis by providing law enforcement and the courts with the tools to enhance public safety by temporarily restricting firearm possession by a person who is undergoing a mental health crisis and when there is evidence of a threat of violence, and by promoting school safety and enhanced coordination between education and law enforcement entities at the state and local level...."

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    WATCH: Father of Parkland Shooting Victim Reflects on 1-Year Anniversary

    Feb. 14, 2018

    "Andrew Pollack, father of Meadow Pollack, reflected on the year that has transpired since his daughter was murdered in the mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla on Feb. 14, 2018...."

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    Timeline: Court and legal proceedings following the Parkland, Florida mass school shooting

    Feb. 14, 2019

    "It's been a year since a gunman walked onto Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School's campus in Parkland and opened fire with a rifle, killing 17 and wounding 17 more.

    Almost an hour and a half later, police arrested Nikolas Cruz and accused him of the mass shooting....

    Here is a timeline of court and legal events since that tragic day:..."

    https://www.naplesnews.com/story/ne...cruz-florida-mass-school-shooting/2816697002/
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    Judge allows Parkland dad to attend grilling of school watchman

    2/19/2019

    "FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The father of a slain Stoneman Douglas High School student will be allowed in the courtroom when his lawyers question the former school watchman who saw the shooter, but failed to stop him from entering the campus last year, a judge ruled Tuesday.

    Former security monitor Andrew Medina wanted Broward Circuit Judge Patti Englander Henning to block Andrew Pollack from a deposition scheduled for next week. Medina is one of the defendants in a lawsuit Pollack filed over the wrongful death of his daughter, Meadow Pollack, one of 17 people murdered by Nikolas Cruz a year ago at the Parkland high school....

    Outside the courtroom Tuesday, Pollack said he never intended to threaten Medina with anything other than “holding him accountable” for his alleged inaction on the day of the shooting. In and out of the courtroom, he called Medina a “piece of garbage.” On Twitter, he called Medina an “incompetent sexual predator” and said “what Medina needs to be afraid of is my lawsuit.”...

    Attorneys will not be allowed to question Medina about those allegations, Englander Henning ruled, because they are not relevant to what happened on Feb. 14, 2018.

    Medina is the second defendant in Pollack’s civil case to ask a judge to keep Pollack at arm’s length during questioning by lawyers. Late last year, former Broward Deputy Scot Peterson, who served as school resource officer at Stoneman Douglas, asked the judge to block Pollack from attending his deposition following online comments perceived as threats. The judge declined.

    But both defendants will be questioned next week in the courthouse to ensure their safety, Englander Henning said...
    Pollack said he intends to invite other Stoneman Douglas parents to the deposition...."

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