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Broward Sheriff Suspended for 'Incompetence,' 'Neglect of Duty'

Gov. Ron DeSantis pulls Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel over criticism on Parkland shooting

(Newser) - There's a new sheriff in Broward County, Fla. That's because Scott Israel, the one in that job during the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has been suspended by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, per the Hill . Israel was removed from his post for "repeated failures,... More »

Parkland Survivor Has News for Fox Host

He's been accepted to an Ivy League school

(Newser) - How's this for a comeback: David Hogg is going to Harvard, USA Today reports. The Parkland shooting survivor and gun-control activist, who was razzed by a Fox News host after rejections from other schools, tweeted Saturday about the news: "Thank you all for the well wishes," he... More »

Accused Shooter Cruz Asked a Revealing Question Online

'How can I pretend to be a psychopath and get diagnosed as one?'

(Newser) - Accused Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz insists he heard the voice of a demon before his rampage. But a new 425-page police report suggests cops think he's putting on an act, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel . The report notes that a month before the mass killing, Cruz went... More »

'An Act of Senseless Hate' Is AP's Top Story of 2018

Parkland school shooting leads annual AP survey

(Newser) - It's been challenging to keep up with the seemingly never-ceasing news cycle of late, but some stories drew more eyes than others in 2018. Since 1936, the Associated Press has conducted an annual poll of US editors and news directors to see which were the top news stories of... More »

Judge: School, Cops Had No Legal Duty to Protect Parkland Teens

But another judge last week had a different view about officer Scot Peterson

(Newser) - A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit claiming sheriff's deputies and school officials failed to protect students during the Feb. 14 Parkland shooting. Claiming severe trauma and psychological injuries, 15 students of Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School argued their civil and due process rights were violated. "... More »

Vanity Fair Names 2018's 'Disruptors'

Students, CEOs, celebrities are among them

(Newser) - What do Kendrick Lamar, Robert Mueller, and the Parkland students have in common? They all land on Vanity Fair's 2018 "New Establishment" list, a hard-to-define (just check out the magazine's subhead) collection of "disruptors" —fresh faces and familiar ones "up to fresh tricks"—... More »

Kavanaugh Turns Away From Parkland Dad's Handshake

Fred Guttenberg says he just wanted to talk to Supreme Court nominee, father to father

(Newser) - "Chaos" is the word being used to describe the first day of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing , and now new labels are being applied to Kavanaugh himself, including ill-mannered and "coward." Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter, Jaime, was killed in the Parkland shooting, said he... More »

Campaign Uses Trump Tweets Against Cruz

Parkland survivor David Hogg helped Texans raise funds to remind Texans of Trump's taunts

(Newser) - There's been a lot of water under the bridge since Donald Trump and Ted Cruz were battling it out for the Republican nomination—but David Hogg is among those trying to make sure people remember the clash. The Parkland school shooting survivor has helped activists in Texas raise thousands... More »

David Hogg Has Big Plans When He's 25

That's when the 18-year-old intends to be elected to Congress

(Newser) - New York magazine is out with a profile of David Hogg, the high school student who has become a leader of a youth movement for stricter gun laws after the mass shooting at his school in Parkland, Fla. The story follows Hogg on the road as part of a... More »

Nikolas Cruz Punches Himself in Face Repeatedly in Video

And mimics shooting himself

(Newser) - A demon voice told him to "burn, kill, destroy," or so claims Nikolas Cruz in an interrogation video in which Cruz is said to have confessed to fatally shooting 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. In the heavily redacted video released Wednesday, Cruz... More »

Father of Parkland Survivors Killed in Armed Robbery

Ayub Ali was shot Tuesday, months after his son and daughter survived the attack at their school

(Newser) - Months after two siblings survived the school shooting in Parkland, Florida , gun violence has again rocked their family and, this time, they weren't as lucky. Per NBC Miami , Ayub Ali was killed in an armed robbery of his North Ft. Lauderdale convenience store. The Broward County Sheriff's Office... More »

Parkland Coach Was Accused of Sexually Harassing Students

Including shooting victim Meadow Pollack, months before the Feb. 14 massacre

(Newser) - A security monitor at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has been slammed for not confronting the shooter on Feb. 14. Now the Sun Sentinel reports that 39-year-old Andrew Medina received a three-day suspension last fall after accusations that he sexually harassed two female students—including Meadow Pollack, who died in... More »

Parkland Monitors Who Didn't Call for 'Code Red' Reassigned

The coaches are facing withering criticism of their actions on the day of the shooting

(Newser) - Two coaches who served as unarmed security monitors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Fla., have been reassigned after controversial reports of their behavior on the day of the shooting, reports USA Today . Baseball coach Andrew Medina told investigators that before the Feb. 14 shooting that took 17... More »

Home of Parkland Survivor, Activist 'Swatted'

Someone called in a hoax hostage situation, causing police to respond to David Hogg's home

(Newser) - David Hogg, the Parkland school shooting survivor who has been called an actor by a GOP aide and a liar by a political candidate , bullied by conspiracy theorists , mocked by Laura Ingraham , called rude names by Sylvester Stallone's brother , and threatened by a TV commentator , endured more fallout from... More »

March for Our Lives Group Makes Big Announcement

60-day bus tour kicks off June 15 to register young voters and promote gun law reform

(Newser) - Some of the most high-profile Parkland survivors hinted over the weekend at something big coming down the pike, and that news has just dropped. Axios reports the March for Our Lives activist group, which includes Marjorie Stoneman Douglas students David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, and Jaclyn Corin, will be conducting a... More »

Parkland Security Officer: 'Why Didn't I Know to Go In?'

Scot Peterson defends actions at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, also second-guesses himself

(Newser) - Eight security guards manned the grounds of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, but only one had a gun—and that one resource officer says he now grapples daily with the 17 lives lost and 17 injured on his watch on Feb. 14. The Washington Post talks with Scot Peterson, now... More »

Jimmy Fallon Surprises Grads in Parkland, Florida

The late night host told the shooting survivors 'don't let anything stop you'

(Newser) - The senior class from the Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people in February received diplomas Sunday and heard from commencement speaker Jimmy Fallon , who urged graduates to move forward and "don't let anything stop you." Four families were to receive diplomas for loved ones... More »

Parkland Drama Teacher Gets a Big Honor

Melody Herzfeld will receive award at Tonys

(Newser) - During the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla., Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama teacher Melody Herzfeld hid from the shooter with 65 of her students. Next month, she'll be honored at the Tony Awards. Herzfeld will receive the Excellence in Theatre Education award at the New York... More »

'You're All Going to Die,' Cruz Laughs in Chilling Video

He discusses shooting plan, motives in 3 videos out Wednesday

(Newser) - "Hello. My name is Nik and I'm going to be the next school shooter of 2018." So begins one of three short cellphone videos recorded by Nikolas Cruz at some point before he killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb.... More »

Valedictorian Banned From Giving Graduation Speech

So Christian Bales, 18, gave it on the lawn outside

(Newser) - When you're banned from giving a high-school graduation speech, what do you do? Give it anyway. On the lawn. With a bullhorn. That's what 18-year-old Christian Bales did Friday after Holy Cross High School in Covington, Kentucky, told him earlier that day he would not be allowed to... More »

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