The Latest: Stoneman Douglas hockey team wins state title
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the law enforcement response after a deadly school shooting in Florida (all times local):
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School ice hockey team won the Florida championship, 11 days after a gunman killed 17 of their classmates and staff members.
The fourth-seeded Eagles upset top-ranked East Lake 3-1 in the Sunday morning semifinals at a minor-league rink near Fort Myers, then routed Tampa Jesuit 7-4 in the afternoon finals.
Ice hockey in Florida is a club sport sponsored by Statewide Amateur Hockey of Florida.
Students at a Florida high school where 17 of their classmates and staff members were fatally gunned down have gotten their first chance to return to the school.
Thousands of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and their parents were able to pick up book bags and other belonging left behind after the Feb. 14 shooting. They were able to see their friends again Sunday as they continue to seek recovery from the shooting.
The students had to walk past the three-story building where the massacre took place. It is now cordoned off by a chain link fence that is covered with banners from other schools showing their support.
Freshman Francesca Lozano says seeing the building where the shooting happened was scary, but seeing her friends made her feel better.
The school is scheduled to reopen to students on Wednesday.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he has spoken to House Speaker Richard Corcoran regarding his request to suspend Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel over his response to the Parkland school shooting.
Scott said in a statement Sunday that he understands Corcoran’s concerns, but clarified “there must be an independent investigation.”
“Like me, he wants the families to have answers and for there to be full accountability. That’s what the victims and their families deserve,” Scott said.
Corcoran and 73 other Republican lawmakers are asking the governor to suspend Israel for his actions leading up to and in response to the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stone Douglas High School.
The sheriff’s office is under scrutiny for assigning a deputy who did not go in to confront suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz and failing to file reports after tipster calls before the attack.
Thousands of students and their parents are returning to a Florida high school to find out what will happen when they return to school on Wednesday.
The meeting Sunday with teachers and administrators at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is expected to last a couple of hours.
Junior Sebastian Pena said before going in that he was looking forward to seeing his friends and teachers again.
The school has been closed since Feb. 14, when authorities say former student Nikolas Cruz killed 14 students and three staff members.
Parent Joel Fuller, whose daughter is a junior at the school, expects students will be given plenty of time to talk about what happened and embrace each other.
Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran and 73 other state lawmakers have asked Gov. Rick Scott to suspend a sheriff for incompetence and neglect of duty in the aftermath of this month’s high school massacre.
In a letter sent Sunday, Corcoran wrote that Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel “failed to maintain a culture of alertness, vigilance, and thoroughness among his deputies.”
Corcoran says that “a result of Sheriff Israel’s failures, students and teachers died.”
Israel is being scrutinized for his office’s actions leading up to and during the Feb. 14 shooting that resulted in 17 deaths in Parkland, Florida. Israel has said he will not resign.
Corcoran says the sheriff’s office ignored signs about the shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz reported in more than a dozen tipster calls. He also said he did not properly train Scot Peterson, an armed sheriff deputy who was assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at the time of the shooting. Peterson stayed outside the school instead of confronting the shooter.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott says that he ordered the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen to investigate the law enforcement response to the shooting.
Scott’s office confirmed on Sunday the commissioner will immediately launch a probe.
Israel is facing backlash because of the missed red flags leading up to the Valentine’s Day attack that left 17 people dead. He has vowed not to resign, saying he has shown “amazing leadership.”
Israel said on Sunday that a deputy who responded to a Nov. 30 call referring to Cruz as a “school shooter in the making” was being investigated by internal affairs for not filing a report. The employee was placed on restrictive duty.
NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch has told ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” that critics shouldn’t blame her organization, gun owners or semi-automatic weapons for the shooting. She says the blame is on the shooting suspect for his own actions and the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the FBI for failing to stop him despite warnings that he was a potential school shooter.
Loesch told Stephanopoulos on Sunday that the “firearm did not walk itself into the school. ...The Broward County Sheriff’s Office allowed that firearm to go into that school.”
The FBI has acknowledged that it failed to investigate the tip about suspect Nikolas Cruz that the agency received on Jan. 5. Sheriff Israel says his office is investigating why a deputy did not file a report after a November call that referred to Cruz as a “school shooter in the making.”
A Florida sheriff has defended his leadership in the aftermath of a school shooting while insisting that only one of his deputies was on the scene as the gunman killed 14 students and three staff members.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has told CNN that investigators are looking into claims that three other deputies were on the scene but failed to enter the school when the chance to save lives still existed. He said Sunday that so far the investigation has pointed to only one deputy being on campus while the killer was present.
Israel labels as “absolutely untrue” reports that the deputies waited outside even though children were inside the building needing urgent medical treatment.
Israel and the sheriff’s office have come under scrutiny after last week’s revelation that deputy Scot Peterson did not go in to confront suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz during the Valentine’s Day attack. It is also facing backlash for apparently mishandling some of the 18 tipster calls related to the suspected shooter.