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Prosecutor Says Cruz's Brother Has 'All the Same Flags'

Cops are trying to block him from possessing a gun

(Newser) - A Florida state law passed in the wake of the Parkland school shooting could be used to keep the suspected shooter's brother from getting his hands on a gun. Zachary Cruz, the 18-year-old brother of Nikolas Cruz, was arrested on trespassing charges Monday after he was seen skateboarding at... More »

Parkland Shooter's Brother Arrested at High School

Zachary Cruz told cops he was there to reflect

(Newser) - The younger brother of Nikolas Cruz has been arrested for riding his skateboard across the campus where his brother killed 17 students and staff. Zachary Cruz, 18, was arrested and booked into jail Monday night for trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where he is a former student, USA ... More »

Candidate Who Insulted Parkland Survivor Drops Out

He called Emma Gonzalez a 'skinhead lesbian'

(Newser) - A Maine candidate's attack on an outspoken survivor of the Parkland school shooting angered so many people that he ended up having to drop out of a race in which he had been running unopposed. Leslie Gibson, a Republican who had been running for a state House seat in... More »

Disgraced Officer Pushed for Cruz Psych Eval in 2016

Scot Peterson recommended Nikolas Cruz be forcibly committed in 2016

(Newser) - Officials were so concerned about the mental stability of the student accused of last month's Florida school massacre that they decided he should be forcibly committed. But the recommendation was never acted upon. A commitment under the law would have made it more difficult if not impossible for Cruz... More »

Video of Deputy's Actions During School Shooting Released

Scot Peterson is seen on video standing outside building where shooting occurred

(Newser) - The Broward County Sheriff's Office has released 27 minutes of surveillance video footage from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., showing that then-school resource officer Scot Peterson rushed to the building where the Feb. 14 shooting took place and drew his gun, but ultimately retreated and remained... More »

Powerful Images From the National Walkout

Thousands of students are participating in Wednesday's protest

(Newser) - Thousands of students walked out of schools across the nation and even abroad as part of Wednesday's protest against gun violence , with the AP reporting that moods at the protests ranged from somber to angry. The walkout marked the one-month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High... More »

'No Time More Critical': Students Walk Out Again

They'll protest gun violence, from US to Australia

(Newser) - Ten days before a massive rally against gun violence in Washington, DC, students across the country will walk out of school Wednesday to mark one month since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Students at elementary schools, high schools, and universities will walk out... More »

Prosecutors Will Seek Death for Nikolas Cruz

It's still possible a plea deal could be reached

(Newser) - Florida prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz in the fatal shooting of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The office of Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz filed the formal notice Tuesday. The 19-year-old Cruz is scheduled for formal... More »

Sessions Wants to Get Tough on Background-Check Liars

He calls for 'swift and aggressive' prosecution

(Newser) - The Justice Department's response to the Parkland mass shooting is apparently going to involve tougher enforcement of existing laws instead of calls for new ones. On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said federal prosecutors have been told to "swiftly and aggressively" pursue people banned from owning firearms who... More »

Inside the Disturbing Psychiatric File of the Parkland Shooter

He told therapist about dream of being covered in blood, 'perfect summer' of guns and shooting

(Newser) - The Miami Herald has obtained Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz's school psychiatric file, and it contains disturbing details of his talks with mental health professionals. Nikolas Cruz, who has admitted to gunning down 17 at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month, attended an alternative school before being... More »

Governor Signs 'Historic' Gun Bill After Parkland

Meanwhile, Parkland 911 calls were released

(Newser) - Among the newly released recordings of 911 calls from the Parkland school shooting, the parents of a 17-year-old girl can be heard telling a dispatcher that their daughter is texting from a classroom where the door's glass was shot out. "Three shot in her room. Oh, my God.... More »

Officers Who Rushed to Parkland Shooting Were Punished

Their 'intentions were brave and heroic,' says union president

(Newser) - Two SWAT officers who dropped everything to respond to the Feb. 14 Parkland school shooting in Florida have been punished as a result. Miramar Police Department's SWAT team was placed on stand-by in the chaos of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in case it was needed... More »

Florida Passes Gun-Control Bill in Wake of Parkland Shooting

Legislation raises age to buy rifles but also allows arming of teachers

(Newser) - Three weeks after a school shooting in Parkland left 17 dead, Florida lawmakers passed the state's first gun-control legislation in over 20 years, USA Today reports. According to the AP , the bill passed Wednesday raises the legal age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 and institutes a three-day... More »

Teacher Left Us Stranded in Hall During Shooting: Student

Jim Gard says he was just following protocol

(Newser) - After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., one of the teachers who came forward to tell his story was Jim Gard. He was painted as a bit of a hero in the media for protecting students in his classroom, but now two students have come... More »

He Guessed Shooting Victim Was Older Than 15. It Saved Her

Lt. Laz Ojeda made the call to take Parkland victim not to a children's hospital, but to a closer facility

(Newser) - Maddy Wilford was shot multiple times in the Parkland school massacre and was near death as first responders tended to her after the shooting. But an observant Coral Springs Fire Department lieutenant asked the teen an important question as they prepared to whisk her away, and it was one that... More »

LL Bean, REI Join 'Sea Change' on Gun Sales

Outdoor companies are latest to act after shooting in Florida

(Newser) - Dick's , Walmart , and Kroger have all tightened their rules regarding gun sales since the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and now a fourth major retailer has joined their ranks. A "superfan" on Twitter Thursday night implored the outdoor-recreation retailer to... More »

Company That Made Nikolas Cruz's Gun 'Shares Nation's Grief'

American Outdoor Brands CEO calls Parkland shooting 'incomprehensible'

(Newser) - The CEO of the company that made the rifle used in the Parkland mass shooting says the firm "shares the nation's grief"—but it hasn't changed its mind about gun laws. "We share the nation’s grief over this incomprehensible and senseless loss of life,... More »

Fla. Pols Vote to Arm Teachers Despite Survivors' Objections

Bill proposes turning some teachers into armed 'school marshals'

(Newser) - Armed teachers may soon become a reality in Florida. On Tuesday, the state House Appropriations Committee approved a statewide "school marshal" program in which local law enforcement would train teachers to carry guns on campus, the St. Petersburg Times reports.The state Senate Appropriations Committee approved a similar bill... More »

Parkland Students Return, Told to Not Bring Backpacks

'Come ready to start the healing process and #RECLAIMTHENEST'

(Newser) - Members of the Broward County Police Benevolent Association handed carnations out to students as they entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School two weeks after a former student gunned down 17 people inside the freshman building. A long line of cars bringing people back to the school in Parkland, Fla.... More »

With a Major Gun Move, Dick's 'Steers Into the Storm'

Company will no longer sell assault-style rifles in wake of the Florida school shooting

(Newser) - Dick's Sporting Goods' CEO "is deliberately steering his company directly into the storm," is how the New York Times characterizes the company's Wednesday morning announcement: The sports retailer says it will no longer sell assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines in its stores or online, and will... More »

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