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Report: Retired cops with disciplinary pasts work at schools

Nov. 17, 2019 3:05 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Retired Orlando Police Department officer Dennis Turner sparked a furor when he arrested two 6-year-old students while working as a school resource officer at Lucious & Emma Nixon Academy in September. As details emerged of Turner’s history — including a child abuse...

Florida judge draws town’s wrath over school violence case

Nov. 16, 2019 3:13 PM EST

MACCLENNY, Fla. (AP) — Anxieties multiplied quickly across Baker County, a mostly rural community of 28,000 in northern Florida, when news spread that a 15-year-old had planned a massacre at the county’s only high school. "MAKE SURE THE TEACHERS ARE DEAD," he ranted in a notebook. "Then rinse...

Secret Service study: School attackers showed warning signs

Nov. 7, 2019 4:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most students who committed deadly school attacks over the past decade were badly bullied, had a history of disciplinary trouble and their behavior concerned others but was never reported, according to a U.S. Secret Service study released Thursday. In at least four cases, attackers wanted...

Deputy arrested for throwing student to the ground

Nov. 5, 2019 5:11 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff's deputy who worked at a school for children with emotional and behavioral problems is facing a felony charge after video shows him slamming a female student to the ground after she tapped his knee with her foot. Broward County Deputy Willard Miller was...

Investigation clears assistant principal over mass shooting

Nov. 5, 2019 7:58 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A school district investigation cleared one of three assistant principals who were reassigned following the 2018 mass shooting at a Florida high school. The South Florida SunSentinel reports Winfred Porter Jr. and two colleagues at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were...

New Florida sheriff to run against ousted predecessor

Nov. 4, 2019 7:19 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff who took office after the previous sheriff was suspended over the Parkland high school massacre will run to keep his job. Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony announced his campaign Monday for the 2020 election. Tony will face former sheriff Scott Israel in the...

Judge: School shooting defendant must attend more hearings

Nov. 1, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — After being allowed to skip one hearing, a Florida judge on Friday told school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz he must appear in court when issues central to his death penalty case are discussed. At a morning session, Cruz told Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer he didn't want to...

Parkland commission urges boost in mental health funding

Nov. 1, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A commission investigating the Parkland school shooting is calling for improved mental health services, including more funding, to help schoolchildren deal with the stresses in their lives — a strategy the commission hopes will help prevent more violence from erupting at...

Florida editorial roundup

Oct. 30, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Oct. 30 The Palm Beach Post on regulating vape products: We applaud Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody for launching a much-needed investigation into how companies are marketing and selling vape products in Florida. Her action is welcome, because the state is...

Florida Senate backs sheriff's ouster over Parkland shooting

Oct. 23, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate handed a political victory to Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday, as the chamber backed the suspension of a county sheriff who the Republican governor said bungled the response to last year's mass shooting in Parkland that killed 17 people. The 25-15 vote for removal...