States across the country are responding to high-profile school shootings and rising teen suicide rates by creating tip lines. The programs aim to prevent young people from behaving dangerously, whether that means bullying, using drugs or killing someone.
Nikolas Cruz, 19, has already been charged with 17 counts of murder in the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Public defenders had sought to avoid a trial by having Cruz plead guilty.
Juneau high schoolers will join students across the country on Wednesday by walking out of class to protest inaction on gun violence in schools. Students from Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain high schools worked together to plan separate but related events for the one month anniversary of the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.
If 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz is convicted of first-degree murder, prosecutors could seek the death penalty.
Two weeks after a gunman killed 17 people at the high school, students returned to class Wednesday — this time joined by police officers, grief counselors and supporters cheering them on.
Thousands descended on Tallahassee to demand legislative action to prevent future school shootings. “This is only the beginning of our history,” one student said. “Please be on the right side of it.”
Thousands of miles away, in Skagway, Alaska, one family wanted to help those affected. When Skagway resident Greg Getz heard the news, he knew he wanted to offer some sort of support.
The Broward County sheriff’s office identified the suspect as a 19-year-old former student who had been expelled for disciplinary reasons. The sheriff said the shooter used an AR-15 rifle and had “multiple magazines.”