At South Pointe Elementary School on Miami Beach a steel fence surrounds the playground. There is a security camera over the front door. A sign orders visitors to check in at the office. But the school is very much in the running for a much more extensive and pricey safety upgrade.
As students went back to school in Pembroke Pines, they walked through the doors to find more than just the usual teachers and principal.
Pompano Beach High School had the look and feel of a real-life crisis situation Friday morning with “armed men” on campus, “shots fired” and several students down. But in reality it was a drill honing skills in case a tragedy like this actually happened.
A 12-hour swimming relay will raise funds for an 11-year-old boy shot and killed when his father attacked the family then took his own life.
Schools in Orlando are taking action in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Orange County Commissioners have approved paying for armed deputies to be at elementary schools.
Sandy is a tropical system and its defying the odds in getting stronger as it moves north. So now, forecasters are even more concerned about the core of this system and the very strong winds associated with it at landfall along the New Jersey Shore.