Latest Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School News

Florida school shooting defendant has brief court appearance

May. 21, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The defendant charged with killing 17 people in last year's Florida school shooting was back in court, but only to learn the next time he must show up. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer on Tuesday set new hearing dates for May 28 and July 17 for 20-year-old Nikolas Cruz in the...

Temple memorial to Florida shooting victims is set ablaze

May. 19, 2019 10:53 PM EDT

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A wooden temple built as a memorial to the 17 victims of a Florida high school mass shooting was set ablaze Sunday in a symbolic gesture of healing. The "Temple of Time" public art installation was set afire at a ceremony hosted by the cities of Parkland and Coral Springs, where...

Schools turn to apps, other tech to guard against shootings

May. 16, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Schools trying to protect kids from mass shootings are turning to gunshot detection systems, cellphone apps and artificial intelligence — a high-tech approach designed to reduce the number of victims. Technology that speeds up law enforcement's response and quickly alerts teachers...

Correction: School Shooting-Trombones story

May. 13, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — In a May 12 story about special trombones honoring a teenager who died in the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting, The Associated Press reported erroneously that money for the instruments was raised in part by students playing music on street corners and intersections in recent...

New principal named at Parkland school where 17 were killed

May. 13, 2019 9:51 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's 2019 principal of the year is taking over at the school where 17 people were fatally shot last year. The Sun Sentinel reports Michelle Kefford is replacing Ty Thompson as principal at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Thompson recently announced he's stepping down...

Parkland principal to resign at end of school year

May. 10, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The principal of a Florida school where 17 people were fatally shot last year is resigning. The Sun Sentinel reports that Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School principal Ty Thompson announced Friday that he will step down at the end of the school year. He cited his health and...

Correction: School Safety-Florida story

May. 9, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In a story May 8 about a school safety bill signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, The Associated Press reported that the bill takes effect immediately. While nearly all of the recommendations made by a commission formed after a mass shooting at a Parkland high school took immediate...

Texas seeks more armed school personnel after mass shooting

May. 7, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — 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 measures that they say would harden campuses by adding more armed school personnel, beefing up security...

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

May. 2, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — 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...

Florida lawmakers pass bill allowing more armed teachers

May. 1, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — More Florida classroom teachers could carry guns in school under a bill passed Wednesday by state lawmakers, the latest response to last year's mass shooting at a Parkland high school. The Republican-led House voted 65-47 on Wednesday to send the bill to GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, who...