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Dual Guilty Pleas in Play for Parkland Suspect

Nikolas Cruz admits to assaulting jail guard, will enter plea Wednesday for 2018 school massacre

(Newser) - The suspect accused of carrying out the 2018 mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school that killed 14 students and three staff members and injured 17 others will be entering a guilty plea in that case next week, his lawyer announced Friday. CNN reports that Broward County Circuit Judge...

Nikolas Cruz Loses His Colored Pencils

Attorneys sparred over whether he should have them

(Newser) - Nikolas Cruz is on trial for allegedly attacking a jail guard in November 2018, with jury selection having started Tuesday—and an unusual dispute between attorneys having bubbled up Wednesday. While Cruz was described as alert and focused on Tuesday, Local 10 reports he "appeared distressed" the next day...

Parkland Defendant's Lawyer: Don't Call Him a Killer

Lawyer for Nikolas Cruz wants to ban 'inflammatory' language in court

(Newser) - Nikolas Cruz’s defense team wants prosecutors to be careful with language. Cruz, whose long-delayed trial could finally go forward this month, is accused of killing 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on Feb. 14, 2018. His lead attorney, assistant public defender Melisa McNeill, asked that he...

Cop Who Allegedly Hid During Parkland Shooting to Face Trial

Judge declines to dismiss 11 charges against ex-deputy Scot Peterson

(Newser) - The former Broward County Sheriff's deputy accused of hiding as 17 people were killed during a mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school will face trial. A judge on Thursday denied a motion to dismiss the 11 charges against Scot Peterson, who was the school resource officer at...

Couple Will 'Forever Regret' Taking in Nikolas Cruz

'We were particularly wrong to allow him to store his firearms in our house'

(Newser) - A Florida couple regrets ever taking in a disturbed teenager in the months before he allegedly carried out the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In a letter that is part of a legal agreement to settle numerous civil lawsuits, James and Kimberly Snead said they should have...

He Was Suspended Over Parkland, Is Now Out for Good

State Senate in Florida votes to remove Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had already suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. Now the state Senate has removed Israel from his elected position for good. CNN reports on the 25-15 vote Wednesday that now makes Israel's removal official; it came nine months after DeSantis put Israel's job on...

2 More Officers Terminated After Parkland Probe

Broward County Sheriff's Office investigated 7 officers, 4 of whom ended up fired

(Newser) - Two more officers who responded to the shooting at Parkland, Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been terminated from the Broward County Sheriff's Office, CNN reports. Sheriff Gregory Tony announced Wednesday that Edward Eason and Josh Stambaugh were terminated Tuesday for neglect of duty. The terminations resulted...

Ex-Deputy Charged for Failure to Act During Parkland Shooting

Scot Peterson was also formally terminated from sheriff's office

(Newser) - The former Florida deputy who failed to confront a gunman during last year's Parkland school massacre was arrested Tuesday on 11 criminal charges related to his actions, prosecutors announced. Broward State Attorney Mike Satz said in a statement that 56-year-old Scot Peterson faces child neglect, culpable negligence, and perjury...

Public Defender Asks to Drop School Shooting Suspect

Nikolas Cruz is set to inherit $432K

(Newser) - The public defenders for the Parkland school massacre suspect unexpectedly asked to withdraw from the case Wednesday, saying the 20-year-old man will soon inherit nearly a half-million dollars and no longer qualify for free legal representation. The Broward County Public Defender's Office filed the unexpected notice late Wednesday, saying...

One Year Later, Country Remembers Parkland
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A Year Later, the US Remembers Parkland

With moment of silence, and more

(Newser) - One year later, Southwest Florida schools honored the victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., with a moment of silence at 10:17am Thursday. Schools in at least three counties did so, per Fox 4 ; Local 10 estimates hundreds of thousands of students...

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,...

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. "...

16-Year-Olds May Get Historic Right in DC

Council to vote on measure allowing them to vote in national elections, including for president

(Newser) - Washington, DC, appears poised to become the first municipality in the nation to let 16-year-olds vote in national elections, including presidential races. A measure to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 cleared a committee last week and now heads to the full council, reports WTOP . To pass, it...

David Hogg Has a 7-Year Mission
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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