Parkland Shooting

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.

The March For Our Lives protest in Parkland, Florida, on March 24, 2018.
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An effort to let school districts choose whether to allow more classroom teachers to carry guns, has cleared the Senate. The broader bill incorporates recommendations from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Commission, which was tasked with examining the response and lead up to last year's Valentine’s Day School shooting in Parkland. 

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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.

Florida Supreme Court
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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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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.

The March For Our Lives protest in Parkland, Florida, on March 24, 2018.
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Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. On Feb. 14, 2018, former student Nikolas Cruz killed 17 students and faculty members and injured 17 others in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.

Florida has implemented the most legislative changes since the Parkland shooting, and as measures have been debated in other states, few have become law.

Here are the most notable gun control proposals that have been brought forward in the past year.

 

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. 

Active shooter training
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Researchers at the University of Miami’s Gordon Center are unveiling a new protocol for active shooter situations. Tallahassee first responders are some of the first to receive this groundbreaking training.

Former Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Christy Daly
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice website

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.

Florida Senate

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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Democratic Attorney General candidate Sean Shaw is promising if elected he’ll create a task force to deal with gun violence.

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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.

The "Liberator," an example of the 3D-printable gun.
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Blueprints on how to make a functional 3D printed gun at home are now available online. But, Florida’s U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is among several Democrats calling on President Trump to step in.

The “Big Pro Gun Rally” and the March for Our Lives rally both took place in downtown Tallahassee this weekend. These are some of the signs.
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The “Big Pro Gun Rally” and the March for Our Lives rally both took place in downtown Tallahassee this weekend.

Tom Flanigan

March for Our Lives activists are rallying at the Capital Saturday in support of gun reform. A group of gun rights activists is also planning a Saturday rally at the Capital.

A classroom of empty desks
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With a new law in place, Florida officials are still working to implement a lot of its components to ensuring the safety of Florida’s schools to avoid tragedies like the mass school shooting in Parkland.

The commission charged with improving school safety is looking into the effectiveness of school resource officers—a school’s main line of defense that critics say failed students at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School amid a Valentine’s Day shooting. Seventeen students died, more than a dozen others were injured.

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.

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The organization behind a petition drive to put an assault rifle ban on the 2020 ballot announced its steering committee Monday. 

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.

(from right to left) Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods, Deputy Jimmy Long, Long's wife, and Gov. Rick Scott, following SRO Long's Medal Of Heroism presentation.
Governor Rick Scott's Office

Governor Rick Scott has awarded the Medal of Heroism to the school resource officer credited with taking quick action to help prevent another mass school shooting last 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.

(left to right) Orlando businessman Chris King, former North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum are seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination
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The need for gun reform is top of mind for the four Democratic candidates running for Governor. They discussed that during their first televised debate.

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