Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012, there have been 17 non-accidental incidents involving guns on school campuses in Florida. Several of those incidents resulted in deaths. South Florida News Service followed up on five of the incidents to learn how each school and community is now doing and what's been done to prevent future shootings. By SFNS StaffSouth Florida News Service @SFNS_News • Facebook • Instagram Dreyfoos School
A school shooting occurred at Agape Christian Academy in Pine Hills, Florida, on Oct. 3, 2013, resulting in two wounded. The shooter, who did not attend the school, shot a 16-year-old football player in the hip and a 17-year-old boy, who also did not attend Agape, according to WESH 2 News. The identities of the victims were not released to the public. By Gabriel PobleteSouth Florida
On October 11, 2015, University of South Florida football player Benjamin Knox was arrested for firing a gun on campus. While no students or faculty were injured when the gun went off, Knox was immediately suspended from the team and later stopped attending USF. By Maria GilSouth Florida News Service @SFNS_News • Facebook • Instagram Following the misfire, officers on campus made themselves more visible to show students they were
On June 19, 2013, Javier Burgos shot and killed two fellow custodians at Dreyfoos High School in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office identified the Colombia-born Burgos as a suspect in the shooting as early as 2014 but did not issue a warrant for his arrest until 2016. By that time Burgos had already fled the country to his native home. By Jaylin HawkinsSouth Florida News Service @SFNS_News • Facebook • Instagram
On Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, 31-year-old attorney and Florida State University graduate Myron Deshawn May began firing a .380 semi-automatic handgun and shot three people, including two students, at 12:25 a.m. at FSU’s Strozier Library, officials said. At least 300 students were present. Two minutes after opening fire, he was shot and killed during a shootout with police. A text alert sent by
On Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, a 15-year-old boy shot himself in the head in front of more than 20 classmates during the second block of classes at Lecanto High School in Lecanto, Florida, according to Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. The unidentified youth from Homosassa, Florida, used a Walther P1 9 mm semi-automatic handgun that had six rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber. Another magazine containing eight
On Feb. 14, Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, opened fire in the school. There were 17 fatalities and 30 injuries. In the aftermath of the worst mass school shooting in Florida’s history, South Florida News Service is taking a closer look at school shootings in Florida in the last five years.