Latest Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School News

Court: Florida shooting defendant can't shield expert names

Mar. 11, 2020 10:46 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A ruling from the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday means school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz cannot shield from public disclosure the names of expert witnesses who have interviewed him in jail. The court declined to review an earlier decision by the 4th District Court of...

Lori Alhadeff shows a pendant bearing a photo of her 14-year-old daughter Alyssa, among the 17 people killed during the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Friday, March 6, 2020, at the state Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla.  Alhadeff has been championing a bill to require all public schools across Florida to put in place a panic button system to give schools a direct link with first responders. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan)

After Parkland tragedy, Florida Senate OK's panic buttons

Mar. 6, 2020 7:07 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers were on the verge of sending Gov. Ron DeSantis legislation Friday that requires panic buttons at every school, the latest security measure being implemented on campuses after the Parkland school shooting two years ago that killed 17. The measure, known as...

Laurie Giordano, left, and Lori Alhadeff speak Thursday, March 5, 2020, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan)

Florida mothers united in tragedy push lawmakers to act

Mar. 6, 2020 11:48 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — For months, Laurie Giordano had been telling the story of her son to anyone who would listen — of how her Zach, a strapping 16-year-old football player, should never have collapsed in the sweltering Florida heat nearly three years ago. He died days later. For weeks, Giordano...

FILE- In this Feb. 15, 2018, file photo, law enforcement officers block off the entrance to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., following a deadly shooting at the school. A California man who is on the autism spectrum was sentenced Monday, March 2, 2020, to more than five years in prison for cyberstalking families of Parkland, Florida, school shooting victims. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Man gets 5+ years' prison for harassing Parkland victims

Mar. 2, 2020 7:51 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A California man who is on the autism spectrum was sentenced Monday to more than five years in prison for cyberstalking families of Parkland, Florida, school shooting victims. U.S. District Judge Rodolfo Ruiz imposed the sentence on 22-year-old Brandon Fleury of Santa Ana,...

FILE - In this July 3, 2017, file photo, conductor Keith Lockhart waves during a rehearsal for the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the Esplanade in Boston. Lockhart marks 25 years with the Boston Pops in 2020, making him the orchestra's second longest-tenured conductor after Arthur Fiedler. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

High note: Lockhart marks 25 years as Boston Pops conductor

Feb. 26, 2020 3:01 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Strike up the band: Keith Lockhart is marking 25 years as the conductor of “America's Orchestra.” The Boston Pops said Wednesday its 2020 season will pay special tribute to Lockhart, its second longest-tenured conductor after the legendary Arthur Fiedler. Only Fiedler, who...

Secret Service goes on the road to help curb school violence

Feb. 18, 2020 4:41 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service is taking its effort to curb school violence on the road to help thousands of educators, law enforcement personnel, mental health professionals and others learn how to identify people who may be threats. The latest stop in the Secret Service tour is this week in Miami,...

Debbi Hixon, poses for a portrait on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Hollywood, Fla. Hixon is the the widow of Parkland victim, Chris Hixon, a former athletic director and military veteran, killed in the school shooting on Valentine's Day two years ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Her home was recently renovated by the program

Parkland widow renovates home, preserves memories

Feb. 14, 2020 6:17 PM EST

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Debbi Hixon was a bundle of nerves waiting to see the 10-day makeover that had transformed her home. She wasn't concerned about the new kitchen counters or paint colors; the Parkland shooting widow was worried the fancy new decor would wipe away memories of her husband. Athletic...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, students hold their hands in the air as they are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a shooter opened fire on the campus. A Florida law that allows judges to bar anyone deemed dangerous from possessing firearms has been used 3,500 times since its enactment after the 2018 high school massacre. An Associated Press analysis shows the law is being used unevenly around the state. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

Florida 'red flag' gun law used 3,500 times since Parkland

Feb. 14, 2020 11:49 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A 23-year-old man who posted on Facebook, “I don't know why I don't go on a killing spree." A West Palm Beach couple who shot up their home while high on cocaine. A 31-year-old Gulf Coast man who pointed a semiautomatic rifle at a motorcyclist. All four Florida...

Gun control advocates and gun rights supporters attend a rally led by student activists at Rhode Island's Statehouse on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Providence, R.I. They gathered to call for gun reform and mark Friday's two-year anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. The rally was held immediately after the state's Democratic governor and attorney general held an event to push state lawmakers to pass a group of bills they think would help curb gun violence. (AP Photo/Jennifer McDermott)

Governor and attorney general call for new gun control laws

Feb. 13, 2020 8:09 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's Democratic governor and attorney general pushed state lawmakers to pass a group of bills they feel will help curb gun violence. Gov. Gina Raimondo and Attorney General Peter Neronha held an event at the Statehouse Thursday to discuss eight gun control bills they're...

Fred Guttenberg, left, whose daughter was killed in the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, talks with Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., before FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies during an oversight hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Parkland dad apologizes for State of the Union outburst

Feb. 5, 2020 4:19 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The father of a student killed in the 2018 Florida high school massacre apologized Wednesday for disrupting President Donald Trump's State of the Union address by shouting as the president said the rights of gun owners are under siege. Fred Guttenberg was escorted from the...