PARKLAND, Fla. — The Latest on the aftermath of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida (all times local):
A National Parks Services spokesman says a gun violence march in Washington set for March 24 needs a new site.
National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst tells WTOP-FM that March for Our Lives submitted a permit to hold the protest at the National Mall on March 24, but that day has already been reserved.
March for Our Lives is a nationwide demonstration sparked by the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people earlier this month.
Litterst says a filming permit was requested for some of the same areas march organizers requested. He says his agency is working with the group to find another space. He says West Potomac Park is an option and that Pennsylvania Avenue, which is under the city’s jurisdiction, is being considered.
Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who’s a Democratic candidate for governor, led a rally of more than 1,000 in heavy rain on the Capitol steps in Florida.
He called for a ban on assault rifles and criticized the National Rifle Association for advocating to arm teachers.
Twenty buses from around the state brought protesters to the Capitol. They wore orange T-shirts that said #GunReformNow. One protester held a sign with an image from the movie “The Sixth Sense” with the words “I SEE DEAD PEOPLE … THANKS TO THE GOP AND NRA.” Other signs said, “Go Away NRA” and “Hey Lawmakers! Take the Pledge. No NRA Money.”
The attorney for former Broward County Sheriff’s deputy Scot Peterson says accusations are untrue that he acted unprofessionally and cowardly during a school shooting that left 17 people dead.
Speaking for Scot Peterson, lawyer Joseph DiRuzzo said Monday that the one-time school resource officer of the year didn’t go inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School because it sounded like the shooting was happening outside the building.
DiRuzzo said in a news release Monday that Peterson is confident he followed procedures and will be exonerated. Peterson resigned last week after Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel accused him of improperly failing to confront the shooter.
Some politicians say Israel needs to go because his office ignored warnings about Nikolas Cruz reported in more than a dozen tipster calls.
Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran also alleges the sheriff did not properly train Peterson.
About 1,000 protesters wearing orange T-shirts with the hashtag #gunreformnow are holding a rally on the steps of the Florida Capitol.
The Monday morning demonstration was led by former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who’s a Democratic candidate for Florida governor.
The protesters planned to attend senate committee meetings, during which bills to address gun laws and school safety will be discussed.
This is the second wave of protests in Tallahassee. Last week, thousands of people rallied at the Capitol.
The gun control demonstrations were sparked by the shooting deaths of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14.
Before he was gunned down in a mass shooting at a Florida high school, 17-year-old Joaquin Oliver was excited about Dwyane Wade’s return to the Miami Heat.
His parents revealed Sunday on Univision talk show Al Punto that Joaquin Oliver was buried Feb. 17 in his Dwyane Wade basketball jersey.
Wade, who had played in Miami before leaving for Chicago and then Cleveland, returned to the Heat about a week before the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 14 students and three adults. He responded to the news of Oliver being buried in a Wade jersey by tweeting, “You’re about to make me cry this afternoon.”
A tearful student who was wounded in the shooting rampage at a Florida high school thanked the doctors and first responders who helped her and said she’s making a full recovery.
Speaking at a hospital news conference Monday, 17-year-old Maddy Wilford said “it’s times like these when I know that we need to stick together.”
Wilford has undergone three surgeries since the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people. She appeared at the news conference with her parents and with doctors and first responders who helped her on the day of the shooting.
The accused gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz is facing 17 counts of murder in the shootings.
Students are easing their way back to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School nearly two weeks after one of their former classmates killed 17 people with an assault weapon.
Several thousand students and parents lined up Sunday to enter the campus, walking solemnly but resolutely through gates that had been locked to all but law enforcement and school officials since the Valentine’s Day shooting.
They were there to collect backpacks and other belongings left behind as they fled the massacre. The freshman building where the shooting happened is now cordoned off and covered with banners from other schools showing solidarity.
The 3,200-student school reopens Wednesday.