The Latest: Parkland teachers protest admin reassignments
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (all times local):
Some teachers are questioning the Broward School District’s reassignment of four Marjory Stoneman Douglas administrators more than nine months after 17 people were killed.
Debbie Wanamaker, who worked in student services under one of the reassigned administrators, told the Miami Herald Tuesday that “supposedly we’re safer now.” Her daughter was inside the first classroom that got shot into on Valentine’s Day.
During a protest outside the school Tuesday, American history teacher Gregory Pittman wondered why the three assistant principals and a security specialist weren’t pulled at the beginning of the school year if they were “such a problem.”
The reassignments were announced Monday and followed a state commission’s investigation into the shooting.
Principal Ty Thompson hugged each teacher as they filed back into the school after the protest.
More than 50 teachers chanted “bring them back” outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, demanding the return of four administrators who were reassigned after a state commission’s investigation of the shooting that killed 17 people on Valentine’s Day.
The teachers wore maroon Stoneman Douglas shirts as they demonstrated outside the Parkland school on Tuesday morning.
Broward County Public Schools announced the reassignments Monday. Some teachers told WPLG they don’t think the three assistant principals and a security specialist did anything wrong. They say it was the FBI and other organizations that made mistakes.
Twenty-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges. He’s due back in a Fort Lauderdale courtroom Tuesday afternoon.
The suspect in the Florida school shooting that left 17 dead in February is due back in court for another hearing.
The hearing Tuesday mainly deals with procedural motions involving 20-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who faces the death penalty if convicted of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Cruz’s lawyers say he would plead guilty to murder and attempted murder charges in exchange for a life prison sentence, but prosecutors have rejected that.
No trial date has been set for Cruz and is likely a long ways off.
Cruz is also charged with assaulting a corrections officer in the jail where he is being held without bail.