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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.






Parkland Shooting Investigation: Cruz's Violent Acts Well-Known, But Not Reported or Acted On

Parkland Shooting Investigation: Cruz's Violent Acts Well-Known, But Not Reported or Acted On

November 13, 2018

Details revealed by the state commission investigating the shooting fit in with a larger pattern in which officials from law enforcement, mental health agencies, and schools appear to have missed possible warning signs related to Cruz.








The Parkland Shooting's Role in the Close Florida Senate Race

The Parkland Shooting's Role in the Close Florida Senate Race

November 1, 2018

The impact of the killings of students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School could extend into the tight Florida contest that will help decide control of the U.S. Senate.








Superintendent Runcie Describes How He Handled the Aftermath of the Parkland Shooting

Superintendent Runcie Describes How He Handled the Aftermath of the Parkland Shooting

October 25, 2018

Calling the Parkland, Fla., shooting a "9/11 moment for schools," Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie said the tragedy brought overwhelming logistical, political, and communications challenges to the district.








School Safety Requires Prevention, Not Just Physical Security, Federal Commission Told

School Safety Requires Prevention, Not Just Physical Security, Federal Commission Told

August 16, 2018

While many school safety conversations since the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland, Fla., have focused on "hardening schools" with physical security measures, keeping students safe requires a broader, multifaceted approach, panelists said.








Parkland Shooting Victims' Families: School Board Is Weak on Safety

Parkland Shooting Victims' Families: School Board Is Weak on Safety

August 9, 2018

Families whose loved ones were killed in the Parkland, Fla., school shooting say the Broward County school district needs new leadership and urged voters to elect new members to the school board. Two parents whose children died in the massacre are running for the board.








Investigation Into Parkland School Shooter Flags Transition Out of Special Education Program

August 3, 2018

A consultant's review of the Parkland, Fla., school shooter's educational history found that the Broward County School District did not respond properly when the gunman, a former student, asked to be re-enrolled in special education services after opting out of the program several months earlier.








Parkland Students Are Still Going Strong. Their Message to Students: Vote

Parkland Students Are Still Going Strong. Their Message to Students: Vote

August 3, 2018

In Blacksburg, Va., and other stops on their summer road tour, Marjory Stoneman Douglas survivors and their fellow activists are integrating their anti-gun messages with a strong call for young people to register and vote.








After Parkland Shooting, District Teams With Sandy Hook Promise to Spot Warning Signs of Violence

After Parkland Shooting, District Teams With Sandy Hook Promise to Spot Warning Signs of Violence

July 24, 2018

As it works to heal from the Parkland school shooting, the Broward County school district in Florida plans to partner with Sandy Hook Promise to help prevent future violence.








Controversial Discipline Program Not to Blame for Parkland School Shooting, Commission Finds

July 10, 2018

A controversial school discipline program designed to reduce student arrests cannot be blamed for a shooting by a former student in Parkland, Fla., a state commission said Tuesday.








In Parkland, New Safety Measures Pitched in Response to School Shooting

In Parkland, New Safety Measures Pitched in Response to School Shooting

June 5, 2018

A local task force unveiled 90 pages of safety recommendations for Broward County, Fla., schools Monday in response to a Feb. 14 school shooting in the district's Stoneman Douglas High School.








'March for Our Lives' Student Organizers Announce Nationwide Voter Registration Tour

'March for Our Lives' Student Organizers Announce Nationwide Voter Registration Tour

June 4, 2018

Students who launched a youth movement for stronger gun laws after surviving a mass shooting at their Parkland, Fla., high school announced Monday plans for a nationwide tour aimed at registering young voters.








Parkland Drama Teacher Who Hid 65 Students From Gunman Wins Tony Award

Parkland Drama Teacher Who Hid 65 Students From Gunman Wins Tony Award

June 1, 2018

Melody Herzfeld, a drama teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, received an award this week for excellence in theater education from the biggest name in Broadway honors: the Tony Awards.








Company Pulls School Shooter Video Game After Outrage From Victims' Families

Company Pulls School Shooter Video Game After Outrage From Victims' Families

May 29, 2018

A site removed a game that would have allowed players to pose as school shooters after it drew condemnation from parents of students killed in the Parkland shooting, along with politicians, and education groups.








A Principal Lost Her Daughter in the Parkland Shooting. As She Grieved, the District Tried to Dock Her Pay

May 23, 2018

April Schentrup told Broward County, Fla., school board members the district tried to dock her pay for missed time from work after her daughter was killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.








Parkland Survivors and Other Youth Activists: 'You're Going to Listen to Us' on Gun Violence

May 17, 2018

The student activists from Parkland, Fla., Newtown, Conn., and Chicago urged the media to keep the national spotlight on gun violence and not let their tragedies fade away.








Why a Revelation About the Parkland School Shooter's Disciplinary History Matters

May 7, 2018

News that Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz was once referred to an alternative school discipline program has added fuel to a debate about what the district could have done differently.








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.








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

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.








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.










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.








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.







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.








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.








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
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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.








'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.









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

School shootings—terrifying to students, educators, parents, and communities—always reignite polarizing debates about gun rights and school safety. To bring context to these debates, Education Week is tracking shootings in K-12 schools this year.









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