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Schools Are Safer Than Your Home

| August 13, 2018

We’re making fortresses of the safest places in America, out of fear that one of those 120,000 schools might at some point be the target of a shooting.

School Massacre Commission Told Emergency Communications Problems Are Not Restricted To Broward

| July 11, 2018

Emergency calls from Parkland are shepherded by two separate communication centers, depending on whether the caller uses a cell phone or landline.

Unlocked And Loaded: Families Confront Dementia And Guns

| July 1, 2018

The epidemic of gun violence that kills 96 people a day is focused on mental illness. But a little-known problem is what to do about firearms in homes of aging Americans with dementia.

For 21-Year-Old Who Brutalized Dog, 270 Days in Jail, 5 Years’ Probation, Lifetime Felon

| June 28, 2018

Brenden Geary, 21, left an 11-lb Yorkshire terrier unconscious after brutalizing her at a W-Section Palm Coast home in Palm Coast last March.

School Massacre Commission Hears Troubling Account Of Ineffective Database and Information-Sharing

| June 11, 2018

Panelists on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission discussed shortcomings in a database designed to capture information about troubled students.

Questioning War Is No Disrespect to Veterans. It’s a Civic Duty.

| June 5, 2018

Americans remain unconcerned about wars the U.S. is currently fighting (at last count, we’re bombing at least 7 countries) though they foot the bill both in tax dollars and lives.

Domestic Violence’s Overlooked Damage: Concussion And Brain Injury

| June 4, 2018

Survivors of domestic violence may be suffering largely in silence from the same traumatic brain injuries, memory loss and PTSD seen in veterans and athletes.

Court Largely Sides With Florida State In Weapons Dispute With Florida Carry

| May 29, 2018

An appeals court Friday backed Florida State University in much of a legal battle with a gun-rights group about weapons on campus, though the case goes back to circuit court.

Ranks of Notorious Hate Group Include Active-Duty Military With Advanced Weapons Training

| May 6, 2018

A Marine who took part in the violent assaults in Charlottesville last summer underscores involvement of current or former service members in white supremacist groups, long a concern.

Compromise Over School Deputies in Flagler, But Look Beyond False Security of “Hardening”

| May 3, 2018

There’s an effective way to end the stalemate between the Flagler Sheriff and the school board over deputies in schools without breaking the bank or compromising security.

Florida Woman Seeks Anonymity in NRA Lawsuit, Citing Potential Threats to Her Safety

| May 1, 2018

The woman wants to join the National Rifle Association’s challenge to a new Florida law that made it illegal to sell guns to anyone under age 21.

Shot By Shot Recreation of Cruz Rampage Through School Highlights Commission’s First Day

| April 24, 2018

The first meeting of a 16-member commission studying the Parkland school massacre included a chilling recreation of the shot by shot progression of Nikolas Cruz through the school.

16-Member Commission Will ‘Investigate System Failures’ in Parkland School Massacre

| April 23, 2018

The commission will review Florida’s policies for dealing with “active assailants” on school campuses, with a comparison to “best practices” policies around the nation.

Family Life Center Takes Over New But Familiar, More Visible Space: ‘We’re Here if You Need Us’

| April 23, 2018

The administrative offices of Flagler County’s shelter for victims of rape and domestic violence moved to where the sheriff’s detective bureau used to be on State Road 100.

It’s Up to Grown-Ups To Stop Bullying, Not Kids

| April 17, 2018

Speaking of her own experience with bullying, the author holds the adults who watched and did nothing far more responsible than those who perpetrated it.

Cities and Counties Pushing Back Against State Law Limiting Local Gun Regulations

| April 12, 2018

Local governments are challenging the 2011 “preemption” law, which bans them from imposing gun restrictions tougher than those in state laws.

Superintendents Say Money May Not Cover All School Resource Officers Despite $100 Million

| March 27, 2018

Superintendents are asking the state Board of Education for support in shifting money allocated to school marshals to the school resource officer program instead.

“March For Our Lives” Draws 100 Along Palm Coast Parkway in Orange Echo of Global Student Movement

| March 24, 2018

The Palm Coast demonstrators joined some 800 planned March For Our Lives protests across the globe today, calling for sensible gun control and a ban on assault-type weapons.

Nurses Are Calling #TimesUp on Domestic Abuse, And on Those Who Doubt Victims

| March 23, 2018

Emergency room encounters reveal the work that remains to be done to curb intimate partner violence. Too often, helpers abandon victims if they return to their abuser after attempting to leave.

Broad-Ranging Gun Control Proposal Could End Up on November Ballot as an Amendment

| March 15, 2018

A proposed constitutional amendment would a minimum age of 21 on all firearm purchases, a 3-day waiting period and a comprehensive background check.

Nobody Knows How Many Kids Get
Caught With Guns in School. Here’s Why.

| March 11, 2018

Lax reporting by schools, lax oversight by state and federal authorities make it nearly impossible to say just how many students get caught taking firearms into public schools each year.

Bunnell Police Find Weapon Used in School Incident, a BB Gun, and Locate 2nd Boy

| March 9, 2018

The gun allegedly brandished during a school-related incident was a BB gun, and the second boy located in relation with the incident may not be facing charges.

NRA Files Challenge Moments After Gov. Scott Signs School-Safety and Gun-Control Bill

| March 9, 2018

The new law raises the permissible age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 and imposes a three-day waiting period for the purchase of rifles and other long guns, among other provisions.

Details Behind 6th Grader at Center of Bunnell School Incident Point To a “Gun,” a Troubled History and Family

| March 8, 2018

The 6th grader at the center of the alleged gun incident by a Bunnell Elementary playground has had a history of suspensions and an unstable home life.

Sheriff and Superintendent Pledge to Double School Deputies as They Outline New Normal
Of Campus Security

| March 8, 2018

School deputies will be increased to 13, with two at each high school and one in every elementary school, while a series of other security measures are implemented in a reflection of post-Parkland massacre norms.

House Edges Closer to Vote on Bill Mixing Guns With School Safety and New Limits

| March 6, 2018

Those younger than 21 would be prohibited from buying rifles, others would have a 3-day waiting period. Coaches and others could be “deputized” as school marshals.

Senate Passes Safety Plan, Including Armed Teacher Program and $97 Million for More School Cops

| March 5, 2018

Flagler County would be in line for a substantial increase in dollars allocated for school resource deputies, and would have the authority to implement a school marshal program.

For Sheriff and Flagler Schools, Clear Accord: No to Arming Teachers, Yes to More Deputies

| March 5, 2018

At a joint news conference later this week, Sheriff Rick Staly and Superintendent Jim Tager will outline new security measures and initiatives and a plan for additional school deputies, but no weaponizing of teachers.

Florida Senate Backs Arming Teachers And Rejects Assault Weapons Ban

| March 4, 2018

The Senate plan and a similar House proposal would allow school boards to decide whether they want to implement a “marshal” proposal to arm certain teachers.

“Do 17 Good Deeds”
Many Join Students Marching Across Flagler Beach Bridge For Gun Sense and Safety

| March 2, 2018

A march of about 200 people across the Flagler Beach Bridge drew students, faculty, administrators and politicians and ended in a brief stand at First Friday for safety measures in schools.

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