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The Parkland School Shooting: Complete Coverage


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On Feb. 14, 2018, a former student with a semi-automatic rifle opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 people and sending hundreds fleeing into the streets. It would become the third-deadliest school shooting in the nation’s history.


The shooting has already reignited polarizing debates about gun rights and school safety. Below is a collection of stories about the shooting—the details of which are still emerging.






School Design Contributed to Massacre at Florida School, Investigator Says

May 1, 2018

Faulty classroom design and failures in the police radio and 911 systems contributed to the chaos and 17 deaths during the recent Florida high school massacre, a commission investigating the shooting in February was told at its first meeting last week.










Parents Lash Out at District Over Shooting

April 24, 2018

During an emotional public safety forum in Broward County, Fla., shaken students and enraged parents and educators demanded fixes for what they consider lax security, district indifference, and failure to act to prevent the mass shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.










Parkland Victims' Families Have Pushed for Change. Here's What They've Accomplished.

Parkland Victims' Families Have Pushed for Change. Here's What They've Accomplished.

March 23, 2018

While Parkland's student activists have received much attention, family members of victims of a school shooting their have successfully pushed for changes at both the state and federal levels.








Parkland Student-Journalists Reflect on Surviving and Covering a Mass Shooting

March 23, 2018

Five staff members of the student newspaper at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School discuss being both survivors of the mass shooting at the Florida school and journalists covering it.










'You Have to Redefine Normal': Leading Schools in the Aftermath of a Shooting

'You Have to Redefine Normal': Leading Schools in the Aftermath of a Shooting

March 21, 2018

In the unfortunate club of principals and K-12 administrators whose schools become the site of unthinkable violence, the best source of guidance to navigate the grief, trauma, and leadership challenges that follow are their peers who've been through it.








Lawmakers Question Obama-Era Discipline Policy at Hearing on Parkland Shooting

March 20, 2018

Members of Congress debated a directive to drive down disproportionately high discipline rates for students of color with Republicans questioning whether similar policies in a Florida district allowed the accused Parkland, Fla., shooter to avoid being arrested despite his reportedly frequent discipline issues at school.










'60 Minutes' Profiles Student Leaders of the 'Mass Shooting Generation'

March 19, 2018

The CBS News magazine show spotlights five of the students leading the debate on guns and school safety after the Feb. 14 shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.










Civil Rights Groups Sound the Alarm About Safety Plans After Parkland Shooting

Civil Rights Groups Sound the Alarm About Safety Plans After Parkland Shooting

March 19, 2018

“Knee-jerk reactions” to school safety fears after a school shooting in Parkland, Fla., have created civil rights concerns for students of color and students with disabilities, a group of civil rights organizations said.








Federal Response to Fla. Shooting Starts to Take Shape

Federal Response to Fla. Shooting Starts to Take Shape

March 20, 2018

Legislation on school safety is bubbling in the Republican-controlled Congress, though new gun restrictions don't appear to be in the cards.








Some Wanted Florida Shooting Suspect Forcibly Committed in 2016

March 19, 2018

Documents show some officials were so concerned about the mental stability of the student accused of last month's Florida high school rampage that they decided he should be forcibly committed. But the recommendation was never acted upon.










House Passes STOP School Violence Act One Month After Parkland Shooting

March 14, 2018

The bill passed the House exactly one month after 17 students and staff were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.










Senators Zero In on Law Enforcement, School Discipline in Hearing on Parkland Shooting

March 14, 2018

Republicans tended to focus on what law enforcement and schools could have done to prevent the shooting in Florida last month, while Democrats pushed for more-restrictive gun laws.










In Response to Mass Student Walkouts, Conservatives Largely Stay Silent

In Response to Mass Student Walkouts, Conservatives Largely Stay Silent

March 15, 2018

By some estimates, 1 million students walked out of schools to honor the Parkland, Fla., victims and call for stricter gun laws, while Republican politicians all but ignored them.








Post-Parkland, the Second Amendment Gets a Closer Look in Class

Post-Parkland, the Second Amendment Gets a Closer Look in Class

March 15, 2018

Two Nevada high school classes are getting a deep lesson on the Second Amendment and learning firsthand why the debate over the right to bear arms can be so politically divisive and emotionally fraught.








Video: Deputy Never Entered Building During Florida School Massacre

Video: Deputy Never Entered Building During Florida School Massacre

March 15, 2018

Security video shows a Florida sheriff's deputy go toward the high school building while a gunman massacred 17 students and staff members, but he stayed outside with his handgun drawn.








VIDEO

Instead of a Walkout, Some Students Had a 'Walk In'

March 15, 2018

To give students a safe forum to respond to gun violence in schools, a high school in Yonkers, N.Y., held indoor activities for #NationalWalkoutDay.






VIDEO

Gun Control Walkout Just the Start, Students at One Maryland School Say

March 15, 2018

With a moment of silence, 17 balloons and calls for gun control, students at one Maryland high school explain why they joined the nationwide walkout one month after the Parkland, Fla., shooting.








Florida School Shooting Suspect Remains Silent in Court

Florida School Shooting Suspect Remains Silent in Court

March 15, 2018

While students across the nation walked out of school to protest gun violence, the 19-year-old accused of killing 17 people and wounding more in the Florida school shooting sat in court silently, his head bowed.








Student Walkout Taps Well of Anger, Mourning Over Gun Violence

Student Walkout Taps Well of Anger, Mourning Over Gun Violence

March 14, 2018

The thousands who left their schools nationwide to mark the Feb. 14 shootings in Parkland, Fla., rode a dramatic wave of youth activism tinged with sadness about those killed in their schools and communities.








Scenes From Student Walkouts Across the U.S.

Scenes From Student Walkouts Across the U.S.

March 14, 2018

Catch up on Education Week's dispatches and photo coverage of Wednesday’s nationwide student walkouts, and how educators dealt with disruptions and teachable moments.








House Passes STOP School Violence Act One Month After Parkland Shooting

March 14, 2018

The bill passed the House exactly one month after 17 students and staff were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.










'The Most Traumatizing Experience Imaginable.' Stoneman Douglas Teacher Tells Senators About Students' Pain

'The Most Traumatizing Experience Imaginable.' Stoneman Douglas Teacher Tells Senators About Students' Pain

March 14, 2018

After a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, students will be processing their trauma for years to come, a teacher told lawmakers.








Senators Zero In on Law Enforcement, School Discipline in Hearing on Parkland Shooting

March 14, 2018

Republicans tended to focus on what law enforcement and schools could have done to prevent the shooting in Florida last month, while Democrats pushed for more-restrictive gun laws.










VIDEO

What to Expect From Student Walkouts on Gun Violence

March 13, 2018

Thousands of students nationwide will walk out of their classrooms Wednesday to mark the one month anniversary of the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Here’s a preview.








OPINION

Students Are Walking Out. Are Schools Ready for When They Walk Back In?

March 13, 2018

There are four things educators should know about engaging students in these politically tumultuous times, write two civic-education leaders.










This Week's Nationwide Student Walkout: 6 Things to Know

March 12, 2018

K-12 leaders need to prepare for what may be a massive student walkout tied to ending gun violence and school shootings. Here's a primer on students' rights to participate, what districts' responsibilities are for keeping them safe, and alternatives to leaving campus.










Florida's Governor Signs Compromise School Safety Bill

Florida's Governor Signs Compromise School Safety Bill

March 9, 2018

Flanked by family members of students who were killed during the Parkland mass shooting, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a $400 million school safety bill in response to the tragedy that killed 17 people at a high school.








911 Calls in Fla. School Shooting Released; Gun Bill on Governor's Desk

March 9, 2018

The radio transmissions released by the Broward County Sheriff's Office highlight the chaos at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.










Parkland Student David Hogg, Other Advocates Lobby Capitol Hill on Gun Control

Parkland Student David Hogg, Other Advocates Lobby Capitol Hill on Gun Control

March 7, 2018

Democrats in Congress heard from students, parents and others who have been impacted by gun violence and who are urging Congress to pass gun-control measures.








Can the Parkland Survivors Inspire a New Focus on Civics Education?

Can the Parkland Survivors Inspire a New Focus on Civics Education?

March 6, 2018

Civics often takes a backseat in schools, but educators say the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students-turned-activists are setting a powerful model for civic engagement.








Fla. School Shooting Suspect Indicted on 17 Counts of Murder

Fla. School Shooting Suspect Indicted on 17 Counts of Murder

March 7, 2018

Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was formally charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder, which could mean a death sentence if he is convicted.








Betsy DeVos in Florida: Arming Well-Trained Staff Should Be Option for Schools

Betsy DeVos in Florida: Arming Well-Trained Staff Should Be Option for Schools

March 7, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos traveled to Parkland, Fla., to meet with students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of a Feb. 14 mass shooting that left 17 dead.








Trump Pushes to 'Harden' Schools Against Mass Shooters in Meeting With Lawmakers

Feb. 28, 2018

President Donald Trump again lobbied for increased school security measures, including armed staff, in a meeting with congressional lawmakers from both parties on Feb. 28.










Lost Sense of School as a Safe Place

Lost Sense of School as a Safe Place

Feb. 27, 2018

After the Parkland school shooting, survivors and members of the community have dealt with wrenching questions about whether the attack could have been prevented.








A Florida City Forever Changed

A Florida City Forever Changed

Feb. 27, 2018

The scene at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the surrounding area after the shootings shifted from chaos and panic to grief, anger, and calls for swift and aggressive action to prevent other school attacks.








These Are School Safety Bills Congress Can Already Vote on After Parkland

These Are School Safety Bills Congress Can Already Vote on After Parkland

Feb. 26, 2018

After the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla. high school last week, many are wondering what lawmakers, including those on Capitol Hill, will do to address school shootings.








College Board Accused of Using Parkland Shootings for Self-Promotion

College Board Accused of Using Parkland Shootings for Self-Promotion

Feb. 22, 2018

A letter from College Board President David Coleman about the Parkland school shootings has sparked anger and an apology.








'Let the Youth Lead': Student Activists Nationwide Demand Change After Parkland Shooting

'Let the Youth Lead': Student Activists Nationwide Demand Change After Parkland Shooting

Feb. 21, 2018

The upwelling of youth activism stands in stark contrast to that seen after previous school shootings, advocates and academics say, and could prove a powerful force in the gun control debate.








After Shooting, Superintendent Calls for Review of Suspect's Education, Disciplinary History

March 6, 2018

Robert Runcie, the superintendent of the Broward County district recovering from a Feb. 14 school shooting, called for an independent review of the "educational record and the academic, social and emotional services" that accused gunman Nikolas Cruz received while he was a student.










After Parkland Shooting, Sen. Rubio Questions Obama-Era Guidance on School Arrests

March 6, 2018

Obama-era guidance that calls on schools not to rely on police to administer routine student discipline "may have contributed to systemic failures" to report a school shooting suspect's behavior to law enforcement, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wrote in a letter to U.S. Secretary or Education Betsy DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.










After Shooting, Tension Mounts Between Security Quick-Fixes and Long-Term Solutions

After Shooting, Tension Mounts Between Security Quick-Fixes and Long-Term Solutions

March 1, 2018

School district leaders must weigh costly measures like adding school police and installing metal detectors against considerations for students' civil rights and whether hiring a school counselor might achieve greater safety benefits.








Hugs, Tears, and Police: Fla. High School Reopens After Shooting

Hugs, Tears, and Police: Fla. High School Reopens After Shooting

March 1, 2018

Students and teachers hugged and cried as they returned under heavy police guard to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High for the first time since a teenager with an assault rifle killed 17 people and thrust the huge Florida school into the center of a renewed national gun debate.







Shooting Survivors Face Long Road to Recovery

Shooting Survivors Face Long Road to Recovery

Feb. 27, 2018

Vigils, protests, and marches are helping the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School channel their grief, experts say, but they’re just a start toward recovery.







Florida Students Resolute as They Re-Enter School Shooting Site

Florida Students Resolute as They Re-Enter School Shooting Site

Feb. 26, 2018

The line of students and their parents wrapped around Stoneman Douglas High School, several thousand people entering the campus for the first time since a gunman took 17 lives on Feb. 14.








Trump on Parkland Shooter: 'A Teacher Would Have Shot the Hell Out of Him'

Trump on Parkland Shooter: 'A Teacher Would Have Shot the Hell Out of Him'

Feb. 23, 2018

President Donald Trump repeated his proposal to arm well-trained school staff to intervene in the event of a mass school shooting, earning roaring applause in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.








Parkland School Officer Took Position, But Didn't Enter Building During Shooting, Sheriff Says

Feb. 22, 2018

The Broward County sheriff's deputy assigned to Stoneman Douglas High School took position outside of a building during the mass shooting there last week, but he never entered to try to stop the gunman, Sheriff Scott Israel said.










Fla. District Faces Barrage of Legal Issues in Wake of School Massacre

Fla. District Faces Barrage of Legal Issues in Wake of School Massacre

Feb. 22, 2018

From liability and student privacy to the complexities of a deadly crime scene, legal officials in Broward County, Fla., will be consumed for months, if not years, with the aftermath of the fatal shooting.








Calls to Arm Teachers Meet Resistance From Parkland Educators, Leaders

Calls to Arm Teachers Meet Resistance From Parkland Educators, Leaders

Feb. 21, 2018

Even before President Donald Trump proposed training and arming teachers in response to a mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school, some teachers there said they wouldn't want to carry a weapon in their classrooms.








It's Not Just About Guns. Male Aggression Is a Serious Problem
OPINION

It's Not Just About Guns. Male Aggression Is a Serious Problem

Feb. 22, 2018

Putting a gun in the hands of an angry man is a recipe that will only lead to death, writes Patrick O’Connor.








As Teachers, We Cannot Fix This Gun Mess. But Our Students Can, and We Can Help
OPINION

As Teachers, We Cannot Fix This Gun Mess. But Our Students Can, and We Can Help

Feb. 21, 2018

A culture of violence and guns cannot be fixed in a moment, writes a 5th grade teacher. But by teaching young people to raise their voices, educators can help them create change.








Trump: Nation Should Consider Arming Teachers to Prevent School Shootings

Trump: Nation Should Consider Arming Teachers to Prevent School Shootings

Feb. 21, 2018

President Donald Trump's comments came at a White House meeting where he heard the heartbreaking stories of school shooting survivors and of parents who have lost children in school massacres.








'I Worry Every Day': Lockdown Drills Prompt Fear, Self-Reflection After School Shooting

'I Worry Every Day': Lockdown Drills Prompt Fear, Self-Reflection After School Shooting

Feb. 20, 2018

Lockdown drills are ubiquitous in schools these days, but teachers say they’re especially unnerving in the wake of a horrific school shooting such as the one in Parkland, Fla.








After Parkland Shooting, Deputies in Broward County Schools Will Carry Rifles

Feb. 21, 2018

Deputies who patrol Broward County, Fla., schools will carry AR-15 rifles, the same weapon that was used to carry out a mass shooting at one of the district's high schools on Feb. 14, Sheriff Scott Israel said.










West Point Posthumously Admits School Shooting Victim Honored as Hero by Classmates

West Point Posthumously Admits School Shooting Victim Honored as Hero by Classmates

Feb. 20, 2018

The military academy awarded a rare posthumous admission to Peter Wang, a Parkland JROTC member who died holding open a school door so his peers could escape.








Funerals: Grieving Teens, Raw Emotions After School Shooting

Funerals: Grieving Teens, Raw Emotions After School Shooting

Feb. 20, 2018

Each funeral for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre is different, yet the same: the mourning relatives, teens walking in clutches wearing black, politicians paying their respects, media cameras pointing at the entrance from across the parking lot.








For Parkland Students and Teachers, Wrenching Questions Surround Return to School

For Parkland Students and Teachers, Wrenching Questions Surround Return to School

Feb. 19, 2018

Teachers, parents, and students face a long and difficult recovery as they contemplate returning to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students and educators were killed in last week's mass shooting.








'We Will Get Through This Together': Principal Shares Emotional Message After School Shooting

Feb. 18, 2018

"I will hug each and every one of you," Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Principal Ty Thompson said in a video message to students days after a school shooting at the Parkland, Fla., school.










Parkland Students Want to Know: Will the Shooting at Their School Change Gun Laws?

Parkland Students Want to Know: Will the Shooting at Their School Change Gun Laws?

Feb. 16, 2018

Grief and anger are driving students in Parkland, Fla., to ask tough questions of the adults responsible for protecting them.








OPINION

Congress Has Failed Our Students on Gun Violence. What's Next?

Feb. 19, 2018

Enough is enough. The U.S. Department of Education must take action on school safety, writes Deborah S. Delisle.










School Shootings: Five Critical Questions
EXPLAINER

School Shootings: Five Critical Questions

Feb. 15, 2018

A string of horrific school shootings has catapulted the issues of school violence and safety into the national spotlight, leaving parents, teachers, and policymakers wondering why the attacks had happened and what could be done to better protect the nation's schoolchildren.








Shooting Suspect Was on School Rifle Team That Got NRA Grant

Feb. 16, 2018

The troubled teen authorities say killed 17 people at a Florida high school excelled in an air-rifle marksmanship program supported by a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation.










Musician, Budding Scholars, Wrestling Coach, Soccer Player Among Fla. Shooting Victims

Musician, Budding Scholars, Wrestling Coach, Soccer Player Among Fla. Shooting Victims

Feb. 15, 2018

Here is a look at the 17 people who authorities say died in the deadly Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.








'I Didn't Want Them to Panic': Amid Chaos, Teacher Sheltered Students in Fla. School

'I Didn't Want Them to Panic': Amid Chaos, Teacher Sheltered Students in Fla. School

Feb. 15, 2018

The day after the nation’s third-deadliest school shooting, people questioned whether signs were missed that a troubled former student at a Parkland, Fla., high school posed such a significant threat.










17 Dead After Expelled Student Opens Fire at Fla. High School

17 Dead After Expelled Student Opens Fire at Fla. High School

Feb. 14, 2018

Students thought it was just another drill at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when a fire alarm sounded, requiring them to file out of their classrooms. That's when police say a 19-year-old male opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon, killing 17 and sending hundreds of students fleeing into the streets.









Schools Chief Says No One Reported Alleged Shooter's Troubling Social Media Posts

Feb. 15, 2018

Students said social media posts from the alleged school shooter were ominous, but school officials said the district never got reports that Nikolas Cruz was a serious threat to his former school.









As Parkland Community Grieves, Experts Predict Long Road to Recovery

Feb. 15, 2018

Broward County, Fla., where a school shooting claimed 17 lives, faces the challenges of responding both to student trauma—and the longer-term grieving process.









Trump Urges Focus on Mental Health After School Shootings, Offers No Specifics

Feb. 15, 2018

In a televised address, President Donald Trump said he would work with state and local leaders to "tackle the difficult issue of mental health" after Wednesday's deadly shooting at a Florida school.









School Shootings Now Unfold on Social Media. Here's What Educators Need to Know.

Feb. 15, 2018

When terror strikes, social media can be used to share information, process grief, and re-traumatize victims. Experts say parents and educators can help.









Florida Shooting: Superintendent Has 'No Words That Can Describe the Heartache'

Feb. 15, 2018

In an interview with Education Week, Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie expressed sadness over the shooting that killed at least 17 people at a high school in his district.









In Wake of Parkland Shooting, Proposals for Arming Teachers Likely to Resurface

Feb. 15, 2018

Policymakers have weighed arming teachers at school and training them to shoot back in case of emergency in the aftermath of school shootings like at Sandy Hook and now, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.









In Florida School Shooting, at Least 3 Educators Were Killed Protecting Students

Feb. 15, 2018

Some of the 17 victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., were educators who died protecting their students.









Opinion

A Teacher's Response to Parkland: 'I Don't Know How to Protect You Anymore'

Feb. 14, 2018

"How can I tell my students that while I'd move mountains for them, I know my body is just as feeble against bullets as theirs?" asks Christina Torres.









Opinion

Why Security Measures Won't Stop School Shootings

Feb. 15, 2018

Research into school shootings finds that status and identity issues can contribute to students turning against their school community, write three professors.









Tracker

School Shootings This Year: How Many and Where

Education Week is tracking shootings in K-12 schools this year. So far in 2018, there've been six shootings in K-12 schools that killed or injured people.









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