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.
If 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz is convicted of first-degree murder, prosecutors could seek the death penalty.
Students walked out of class Wednesday afternon at Bethel Regional High School to raise awareness about school shootings and to demand stricter gun laws.
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.
Polling suggests millennials are more liberal than earlier generations on many social issues except gun laws. Pollsters say they can’t explain this anomaly. Some millennials are surprised by it, too.
Lawmakers in Washington state on Friday passed a ban on bump stocks, a gun modification that allows certain weapons to fire more rapidly. They debated the ban under the shadow of last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
At a CNN town hall, the Republican senator said he would support raising the age limit for those wanting to purchase AR-15 style rifles and is “reconsidering” his position on high-capacity magazines.
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.”