Latest Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School News

Florida school shooting suspect said he heard 'demons'

Mar. 16, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The suspect in last year's Florida high school massacre told officers moments after his capture he was hearing demons, a statement that could be used if his attorneys mount an insanity defense. Body-camera video released by prosecutors begins with Nikolas Cruz handcuffed and...

Dick's to halt sales of rifles, ammo at 125 of its stores

Mar. 12, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) — Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. said on Tuesday that it will stop selling hunting rifles and ammunition at 125 of its stores, replacing the gear with merchandise it believes will sell better at those locations. CEO Edward Stack said the move comes after the sporting goods retailer...

Parkland shooting: Suspended sheriff sues Florida governor

Mar. 7, 2019 5:37 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida sheriff who was suspended by the governor and accused of failing to prevent the Parkland school shooting filed suit Thursday seeking his job back and alleging Gov. Ron DeSantis improperly ousted him for political reasons. Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott...

Board votes to retain Stoneman Douglas superintendent

Mar. 5, 2019 7:08 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The superintendent of the Florida school district where a gunman killed 17 last year weathered an attempt Tuesday to fire him by a board member who lost a daughter in the shooting. The Broward school board voted 6-3 to retain Superintendent Robert Runcie, rejecting a motion...

Chelsea Manning, Parkland teens docs to debut at Tribeca

Mar. 5, 2019 7:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A documentary about Chelsea Manning, Werner Herzog's latest and a film about Parkland students in the aftermath of the Florida high school massacre are among the selections that will premiere at the 18th Tribeca Film Festival. Organizers for the annual New York festival on Tuesday announced...

Board to vote on Stoneman Douglas superintendent's future

Mar. 4, 2019 9:45 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The mother of a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim who is now on the county school board is pushing to have the superintendent fired, saying he "has a history of leadership failures." Lori Alhadeff placed a measure on Tuesday's Broward County school board...

Prep team coverage after massacre wins AP story of the year

Mar. 1, 2019 10:45 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Associated Press writer Tim Reynolds won story of the year honors and AP national writer Eddie Pells captured three awards in the annual contest for AP staffers judged by the Associated Press Sports Editors. The judges said while it was unfortunate the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High...

House passage of gun safety bills reflects political shift

Feb. 28, 2019 7:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House put on a display of Democratic priorities this week with two bills to bolster background checks on firearms purchases, showing just how quickly the politics of gun control have turned. Just a few years ago, says Kris Brown, the president of one of the nation's leading gun...

Florida grand jury to examine school safety law compliance

Feb. 25, 2019 4:20 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court is granting Republican Ron DeSantis' request to impanel a statewide grand jury to investigate whether school districts are following laws enacted in the wake of the Parkland high school shooting that left 17 dead. The Supreme Court issued the order...

Judge wants early 2020 trial in Florida school shooting

Feb. 21, 2019 6:11 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Trial should begin in early 2020 for the suspect in a Florida high school massacre that left 17 people dead last year, a judge said at a hearing Thursday. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer said she intends to set a definitive trial date soon for 20-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who...