Prosecutors to seek death penalty for Florida school shooter


Students from Venice High School in Venice, California wear shirts in honour of the victims on March 14, 2018, where students joined others in a nationwide walkout for 17 minutes to protest gun violence and in honour to the Parkland victims who were killed a month ago.

The walkout was organised after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a lone gunman shot and killed 17 students and staff members on Valentines Day. In between congressional meetings and protests, they've attended memorials and funerals. "Gun violence is bad but guns aren't the problem, it's the people behind them".

Students from the school reacted to the shooting with outrage at gun laws that allowed Nikolas Cruz to purchase an assault rifle before he could buy a beer.

Numbers provided after the walkouts by Debra Cline, Sevier County School System assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, show the approximate student participation at each high school: Gatlinburg-Pittman - 200; Northview Senior Academy - 25; Pigeon Forge - 300; Sevier County - 350; and Seymour - 200.

In regards to the Washington, D.C. event, petitioners are said to be anxious that visitors coming to the nation's capital will be confused about the Smart Trip cards and Metro fare rules, which could add serious delays. The event was created by Stoneman Douglas students. On March 24, the March for Our Lives rally takes place in Washington with walkouts also slated for school grounds across the country.

A Broward grand jury last week indicted Cruz on 17 counts of premeditated murder in the first degree and 17 counts of attempted murder in the first degree.

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Cruz remains in the Broward County Jail, where he's segregated from other inmates.

The legal maneuvering in a Broward County courtroom and the widespread student protests today came after prosecutors announced in court filings on Tuesday that they will seek to put Cruz to death for the February 14 massacre.

"There has to be some change", the 17-year-old said as he walked toward State Street carrying his sign. Michele McGlynn, supervisor of special education for Southeast Delco School District, and Jaime Smyth, assistant principal of Academy Park High School, worked together with students to provide a structured and well-organized platform for students to express their feelings, protest current gun laws and give input on how to keep the event meaningful and positive. This is the indisputable fact that every student in America goes to school with a bundle of fear tucked into their backpack.

Cruz was arrested a few blocks away from the school. But unlike state and federal officials, the school board slammed the idea of arming teachers. "Let him do that and let them do what they want with him", Guttenberg said.

Days later, the Broward County Sheriff's Office released a record of 23 calls to Cruz's home over the past decade that reveals a series of increasingly violent incidents involving the youth. One of its armed deputies stayed outside the school as the massacre unfolded.

The FBI said it received a tip in January at its call center about Cruz. After viewing the surveillance video, Israel said Peterson was placed on unpaid leave, but he subsequently filed for retirement. It says that, while deputies responded to Cruz's home multiple times in the past, there was nothing criminal nor risky happening that would warrant an arrest.