By The Associated Press Sun., May 6, 2018 PARKLAND, Fla.—Four Florida high school seniors slain in a mass shooting were honoured by their classmates celebrating their senior prom. The Sun Sentinel reports that the main ballroom at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort was transformed Saturday into an enchanted forest for 850 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students. A giant ice sculpture stood in the hallway, proclaiming, “(hashtag)MSDSTRONG.” Butterflies were released from the rooftop, and a room was set aside for anyone needing quiet reflection. Read more: Impostors on social media exploit Parkland shooting victims, families Article Continued Below Florida school shooting survivor hailed as a hero released from hospital ‘My kid is dead. It goes through my head all day and all night’: Anger bubbles over at funerals for Florida shooting victims Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies also stood guard at the front … [Read more...] about Slain teens honoured at Parkland high school’s senior prom
Watch more in iWantv or TFC.tv It’s been more than a month since Filipino-American high school senior Carmen Schentrup was killed during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. But for Carmen’s family, the pain still lingers. Ex-student kills 17 in shooting spree at Florida high school “For literally 12 hours, we just didn’t know. I found out through a phone call from my dad and once I picked up the phone and heard him crying, I knew the answer. That was hard that night. I didn’t sleep at all,” said Carmen’s brother, Robert. Carmen traces her Pinay roots to her grandmother Florenda Rosal Nicoloff, a native of Zambales. Carmen’s mother, April, was born at the Subic Bay Air Force Base. In an exclusive interview with Balitang America, Robert described his sister as a caring person with a sense of humor. He said Carmen would have turned 17 a week after the shooting took place. "I want people to remember … [Read more...] about News Brother of Fil-Am victim in Parkland, Florida school shooting speaks up
School shooting survivor marks 6 minutes of strength and silence at rally (Associated Press) - March 25, 2018 - 10:40am Chin high and tears streaming, Florida school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez stood silent in front of thousands gathered for the "March for Our Lives" rally in Washington, D.C. She continued to stand silently as a few crowd members shouted out support. She remained silent as tentative chants broke out. Her silence continued as those attending also fell quiet, many weeping. The gripping moment stretched for 6 minutes and 20 seconds, the amount of time Gonzalez said it took a shooter to kill 17 people and wound 15 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last month. "Everyone who has been touched by the cold grip of gun violence understands," Gonzalez told the hushed crowd, describing the long hours spent waiting for authorities to identify their slain … [Read more...] about School shooting survivor marks 6 minutes of strength and silence at rally
DANA MILBANK WASHINGTON : Let us hear no more lectures from Clarence Thomas on the sanctity of human life. Reacting to his colleagues’ refusal to hear a case challenging California’s waiting period for gun purchases, he complained that justices would hear similar challenges to abortion, speech or privacy. “The Court would take these cases because abortion, speech, and the Fourth Amendment are three of its favored rights,” Thomas wrote. “The right to keep and bear arms is apparently this Court’s constitutional orphan.” Not for the first time, Thomas has it backward. Abortions are restricted far more than guns (and abortions are declining, while gun deaths are rising). Even speech is limited if it endangers life. Why shouldn’t there be reasonable restrictions on guns, too? But Thomas has a bigger problem: claiming to be “pro-life” while his advocacy of unlimited gun rights expands a culture of death. The gun-control movement has … [Read more...] about Why won’t pro-lifers act against our deadly gun culture?
By Jay Reeves The Associated Press Sun., Feb. 18, 2018 Two of the victims were coaches. One was a student who played trombone in the school band. Another proudly wore his ROTC uniform. Still another loved soccer. And most were so very young. The gunman who opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday, wiped out lives and left friends and family struggling to cope after America’s latest mass shooting. Here is a look at the 17 people police say were killed in the massacre: “The energy in the room” Jamie Guttenberg’s father, Fred Guttenberg, remembers his daughter as being “the life of the party,” that person who made people laugh and was “the energy in the room.” With dark hair and a big smile, the 14-year-old loved to dance and hoped to become an occupational therapist and mom, an aunt said. Now, she is among the dead at her school. Article Continued Below “Back in … [Read more...] about Coaches. Freshmen. College-bound senior. These are just some of the Florida school shooting victims who were torn from community fabric