Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

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After 6 Years, Site of School Massacre Is Being Demolished

Parents invited to witness demolition of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School building

(Newser) - The three-story building where 17 people died in the 2018 mass shooting at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School looms over campus behind a screened fence, a horrific and constant reminder to students, teachers, the victims' families, and passersby. But now, after serving as evidence at the murderer's...

Their Son Was Killed at Parkland. They've Grieved in Isolation

The 'NYT' shares the story of Peter Wang's parents, who do not speak fluent English

(Newser) - Valentine's Day marked six years of unbearable grief for the families of the 14 students and three staff members killed in the shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Peter Wang was one of the murdered students, and in a lengthy piece for the New York Times , Amy...

Lawmakers Are Getting Calls in Voices of Shooting Victims

Families used AI to re-create voices of victims of Parkland school shooting

(Newser) - Joaquin "Guac" Oliver died in the 2018 Parkland, Florida, high school massacre, but federal lawmakers who oppose tighter gun regulations began getting phone calls in his voice on Wednesday, lambasting them for their position. The families of Oliver and five others killed with guns are using artificial intelligence to...

Parkland School Massacre Will Be Reenacted—Twice

Both sides in civil case will get the chance to replicate the gunfire with blanks

(Newser) - The 2018 Parkland high school massacre will be reenacted twice with the firing of about 140 blanks on campus as part of families' lawsuits against the former sheriff's deputy they accuse of failing to stop the gunman, a judge ruled Wednesday. Circuit Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips granted the motion from...

Parkland Victims' Families Finally See Massacre Site

Private tours of the high school, which will be demolished, begin

(Newser) - For more than five years, the bloodstained halls and classrooms where 17 people died in the Parkland school shooting has remained locked away and mostly untouched—not even the victims' families were allowed inside. That changed Wednesday, as heart-wrenching private tours began for relatives of the 14 students and three...

Deputy Weeps After Acquittal in School Shooting Trial

Scot Peterson was accused of failing to stop the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooter

(Newser) - A Florida sheriff's deputy was acquitted Thursday of felony child neglect and other charges for his actions during the 2018 Parkland school massacre, concluding the first trial in US history of a law enforcement officer for conduct during an on-campus shooting. Former Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson wept as...

Florida Deputy's Face Went 'Blank' During Mass Shooting

Scot Peterson on trial for failing to try to stop massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

(Newser) - The face of a former Florida sheriff's deputy went “blank” as shots rang out from a Parkland high school building five years ago, and he did not appear to grasp that a gunman was inside killing 17 people, a former supervisor testified during the deputy's trial Tuesday....

Ex-Officer's School Shooting Trial Is the First of Its Kind

Scot Peterson faces felony child neglect charges in Parkland shooting

(Newser) - In a case that could have major implications for policing across America, the former school resource officer who failed to enter the building where a gunman massacred 17 people in 2018 has gone on trial. Scot Peterson faces charges including seven felony counts of child neglect in connection with the...

Commission: Parkland Judge Should Be Reprimanded

Elizabeth Scherer showed bias toward prosecution in trial, allowed 'emotions to overcome' judgment

(Newser) - The Florida judge who oversaw the penalty trial of Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz should be publicly reprimanded for showing bias toward the prosecution, failing to curtail "vitriolic statements" directed at Cruz's attorneys, and allowing "emotions to overcome her judgment," reports the AP . The Judicial Qualifications...

Families Blast Cruz Decision: 'I Just Don't Understand'

Parkland, Florida, school shooter will not be executed

(Newser) - Nikolas Cruz will not be executed for killing 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, in 2018, and families of the victims don't understand it. "We are beyond disappointed with the outcome today," Lori Alhadeff, whose daughter, Alyssa was killed, said at a news conference...

Nikolas Cruz Jury Spares His Life
It's a Life Sentence
for Nikolas Cruz

It's a Life Sentence for Nikolas Cruz

Without parole, as jury spares life of gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

(Newser) - A Florida jury has spared the life of Nikolas Cruz, the gunman who killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, reports the AP . The 12-member panel said Thursday that the 24-year-old should not be executed. As a result, he will get a life sentence without the chance of...

Jurors Ask to See Cruz's Gun
Jurors Ask to See Cruz's Gun

Jurors Ask to See Cruz's Gun

They also requested a readback of fetal alcohol testimony

(Newser) - Jurors tasked with deciding whether Nikolas Cruz lives or dies have asked to see the gun he killed 17 people with. They asked to see the weapon at 5pm Wednesday, toward the end of their first day of deliberations , but Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer said she was unable to...

The Life of Parkland Shooter Soon Goes to Jury's Hands

Deliberations begin Wednesday in penalty phase of Nikolas Cruz trial

(Newser) - The prosecutor and defense attorney for Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz agreed Tuesday that his 2018 attack that killed 17 people was horrible, but disagreed in their closing arguments on whether it was an act of evil worthy of execution or one of a broken person who should be imprisoned...

Defense Makes Shock Move in Cruz Case, Shouting Ensues

Judge and lead defense attorney get into it

(Newser) - Attorneys for Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz suddenly and surprisingly rested their case Wednesday, leading to a shouting match after the judge accused them of a lack of professionalism. Cruz's attorneys had told the judge and prosecutors they would be calling 80 witnesses but rested at the beginning of...

Lawyer: Nikolas Cruz Was 'Poisoned in the Womb'

Witness testifies that school shooter's mother refused to stop using drugs when pregnant

(Newser) - After weeks of harrowing testimony in the penalty trial of school shooter Nikolas Cruz, his defense team wants jurors to know more about the "person responsible for all that pain and all of that suffering." Public defender Melisa McNeill said in her opening statement Monday that jurors would...

Defense Expert: Small Talk With Cruz Was Revealing

He said it's clear school shooter still has 'irrational thoughts'

(Newser) - Prosecutors rested their case in Nikolas Cruz's death penalty trial on Aug. 4 ; the defense will get its turn starting Monday. In the interim, both sides are arguing before Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer about whether the brain scans, tests, and other evidence the defense wants to present is scientifically...

Jurors Head to Bloodstained Parkland School Building

They'll travel there Thursday under heavy security

(Newser) - Jurors in the trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz are expected to walk through the still blood-spattered rooms of Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Thursday in a visit to the three-story building where he murdered 14 students and three staff members four years ago. The seven-man,...

Victims' Families Leave Cruz's Lawyers in Tears

He was 'love personified,' Victoria Gonzalez said of boyfriend Joaquin Oliver

(Newser) - Attorneys representing Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz were moved to tears Tuesday as parents described the holes left in their lives by the loss of their children at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Assistant Public Defenders Tamara Curtis and Nawal Najet Bashiman both "had to remove their face masks...

Parkland Gunman Sat Next to Victim's Brother at McDonald's

John Wilford didn't know who the shooter was in aftermath of attack

(Newser) - After fleeing the chaos at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, 2018, John Wilford, then a freshman, walked to a nearby McDonald's, where he waited for his mother to pick him up. He didn't yet realize his sister, Maddy, had been shot at...

Harrowing Video, Testimony Introduced in Cruz Trial

Survivor testifies that he tried to believe mass shooting wasn't real

(Newser) - Jurors tasked with deciding whether Nikolas Cruz should get the death penalty heard harrowing testimony and viewed a graphic video Tuesday. The video—shown to jurors, and later, reporters, but not the gallery—shows Cruz stalking through a classroom building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, firing at everybody in...

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