school shootings

WLRN

Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz told a detective that a demon in his head — "the evil side" — told him to burn, kill and destroy, and that he thought about going to a park to kill people about a week before 17 people were gunned down at the school, according to a recently released transcript of his interrogation.

Next school year the Duval County School District could employ double the current number of therapists. That’s part of its plan to strengthen mental health services for students under the state’s school safety bill passed after February’s Parkland shooting.

The Duval County School Board heard from school police Chief Micheal Edwards Tuesday, who is heading up the hiring of 105 school safety assistants to patrol the district’s elementary schools.

NPR

With frustration mounting over lawmakers' inaction on gun control, the American Medical Association on Tuesday pressed for a ban on assault weapons and came out against arming teachers as a way to fight what it calls a public health crisis.

Alarmed by his repeated visits to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and his infatuation with his sibling’s notoriety as a mass murderer, prosecutors and police moved Tuesday to keep the younger brother of Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz locked up on trespassing charges and to strip him of his ability to own a gun.

Updated at 6:50 p.m. ET

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed legislation tightening gun restrictions in the state. Among other things, the legislation raises the legal age for gun purchases to 21, institutes a waiting period of three days, and allows for the arming of school personnel who are not full-time teachers.

In a statement, Scott's office highlights mental health provisions in the bill:

Florida State University could soon face a lawsuit following a shooting on campus that left one student paralyzed. Ronny Ahmed was shot multiple times by the man who opened fire in Strozier Library on a late night in November 2014. At issue is whether the school was negligent in its security.

School Shootings Need Ebola-Like Attention

Nov 17, 2014

Dear Editor,

I am a  heartbroken mother, grandmother , aunt, teacher, and member of my community, because of school shootings; the mass murder of our future hopes and dreams, and our nation’s lack of outrage and a moral fiber  to stop the sociopathic  national quality that doesn’t know or care enough to stop wholesale slaughter of our beloved babies.

House OKs Guns for School Officials

Apr 28, 2014

The Florida House has passed legislation that would allow trained officials to carry guns in schools.

The bill (HB 753), sponsored by Sarasota Republican Greg Steube, passed 71-44.

This issue has been argued nationwide since school shootings at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary, Virginia Tech University, Columbine High School in Colorado and others. One side believes armed officials are better equipped to handle emergency situations. The other argues that more guns in schools increases the odds of something happening.

Florida Legislature

A bill aimed at forestalling school shootings by teaching adults to detect disturbed teenagers and intervene before it's too late has passed the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee, as Florida Current reports.

The bill by Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, instructs the Department of Children and Families to develop a statewide training program similar to one already operating in Miami-Dade schools. The original idea of mental health first aid started in Australia.