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Sen. Rick Scott Discusses Florida School Districts' Failure to Enact Safety Measures
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The way some school districts are choosing to comply with bolstered safety measures has U.S. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Florida) upset. Scott explained the problem to the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on enhancing school safety.

A sign bearing the names of the 17 people killed during the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. (3/24/2018)
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A statewide Grand Jury investigating school safety says “numerous” districts aren’t complying with school security laws. The report comes weeks before the start of a new school year.

This story was updated at 7:45 p.m. 

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has arrested former Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson for his inaction during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland last year, which left 17 dead and 17 others injured.

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A bill exempting recordings of mass shootings from public record cleared the Senate Wednesday. The House version is headed to that chamber’s floor.

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The Florida Supreme Court is moving ahead with a plan to convene a statewide grand jury on school safety. 

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It used to be conventional wisdom among medical and scientific professionals that young children couldn't recall abuse or neglect they had witnessed or endured. But the award-winning documentary "Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope " explodes that myth.

In a groundbreaking move on Friday, public television stations across Florida aired "Resilience" – partly to honor the victims and survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy, and partly in a statewide effort to keep violence and other trauma from metastasizing into mental and physical illness.

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One year after the  massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead, and many more wounded, pain and grief clouded the usually-cheery Valentine’s Day.

Communities across the state took a moment to remember the lives lost. But advocates also made their voices heard once again.

Ron DeSantis speaking at the podium.
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Advisers to Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis (R) are discussing school safety policy. This comes after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission published the first draft of its report.

Members of The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission voted unanimously Wednesday morning to send their first report to the state authorities in Tallahassee, in hopes that it increases the pace of reforms recommended to prevent another school shooting in Florida. 

Former Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Christy Daly
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The former head of Florida’s juvenile justice system has a new job. After four years at the helm of DJJ, Christy Daly left her post at the end of last month. The following is some of the highs and lows of her tenure.

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Incoming Senate President Bill Galvano stands by his decision to keep funds in the so-called Guardian program.

This comes after Governor Rick Scott asked the Legislature to move the remaining funds to school districts so they can hire more officers.

Leon County Schools Superintendent Rocky Hanna speaking with Bond Elementary school students during lunch.
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Some 34,000 Leon County Students headed back to school Monday and with a new school year comes changes, mostly related to school safety.

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A Florida Panhandle man may be one of the first charged under a new law for posting threatening messages on social media.

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Leon County Schools has debuted its comprehensive school safety program to be implemented this school year. Many of the updates are mandated by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act passed last Session.

Someone at the March 24th Rally at the Capitol holds a sign, saying 'This teacher will not carry a gun.'
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Two months after it passed the state legislature, Florida’s latest gun reform law is still under scrutiny from gun control and pro-gun advocates alike.

Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie speaking to a reporter at a mental health summit he hosted.
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Last week, Florida's 67 district school superintendents held a mental health summit to address what they'd already considered a crisis before the Parkland tragedy. Led by Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie, the summit drew lawmakers, behavioral health providers and state agency heads to Orlando for what many called an unprecedented gathering.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri speaking to members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, which he chairs. It had its first meeting Tuesday.
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Between a Medal of Heroism ceremony honoring a school resource officer and a commission convened to investigate the failings that led up to a Valentine’s Day massacre, mass school shootings still took center stage in Florida this week.

A girl holds up a sign that says "I should not need a bulletproof backpack," during last month's March For Our Lives Rally
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A commission tasked with looking into the failings that led up to the mass school shooting in Parkland will have its first meeting Tuesday.

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Are black students getting a voice in the gun violence debate, after the mass shooting that left 17 people dead in Parkland?

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While a new law allows Florida schools to arm their teachers, the Leon County School Board has unanimously approved a resolution stating they won’t be doing that in their school district.

A sign bearing the names of the 17 people killed during the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. (3/24/2018)
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Students, parents, and a wide assortment of gun-control advocates young and old marched and rallied in Tallahassee Saturday.  The local "March for Our Lives" event was one of more than 800 similar happenings in the United States.

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The latest effort to reform Florida’s gun laws failed this week. It was in response to last month’s deadly mass school shooting in South Florida. As some clamored for an assault weapons ban and background checks, Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission refused to take up any measures that would do just that.

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Florida’s U.S. Senator Marco Rubio says the brother of the Parkland mass school shooter is a prime example of why other states should follow Florida and use gun violence protection orders. Rubio and U.S. Senator Bill Nelson are partnering on a “Red Flag” bill.

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Florida voters will not get to weigh in on proposals creating universal background checks or a ban on assault weapons. Other proposals mirrored the new gun safety law approved by Governor Rick Scott. Those included raising the minimum age from 18 to 21 to buy any gun. Roberto Martinez championed that proposal.

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Florida’s new gun safety law includes the creation of a commission tasked with investigating the failings that led up to last month’s mass school shooting in Parkland. Governor Rick Scott and Florida legislative leaders made their appointments Tuesday.

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