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iStock/Thinkstock(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- Many of the students barely had time to dry their eyes as they rushed from funerals for classmates killed in a mass shooting at their school to buses chartered to take them to the Florida state capital, where they plan to lobby legislators and rally for tougher gun laws and school safety.

The two busloads of student activists spawned from the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week left Parkland, Florida, about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday for the 400-mile trip to Tallahassee.

"This isn't about Democrats. This isn't about Republicans. This is about us demanding change, and this is about the fact that we have already won. It's just a matter of when," yelled a student standing atop a car, firing up the group before they hit the road.

But just as the students started rolling north on their journey for justice, state lawmakers voted down a measure to ban purchases of assault rifles like the one 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz allegedly used in his attack that left 17 students and school staff members dead in Parkland.

With a 36-71 vote, Florida lawmakers defeated the assault rifle bill that would have also banned the purchases of large-capacity magazines statewide.

Several students from Stoneman Douglas who traveled to Tallahassee Monday night were in the gallery at the state capitol building when the vote was taken, and some gasped in disbelief.

Chris Grady, a 19-year-old senior at Stoneman Douglas, was not deterred by the stubbornness to change gun laws even in the face of the tragedy that occurred less than a week ago.

"I really think they are going to hear us out," Grady said as he prepared to board the bus in Parkland. Grady added that he hopes he and his classmates will change the minds of lawmakers to pass "common-sense laws like rigorous background checks."

"We are focusing on gun rights and mental health," Jaclyn Corin, a 17-year-old junior who helped organized the bus trip, told ABC News.

She said he hopes lawmakers will listen once they come face to face with school shooting survivors like herself.

"There aren't a lot of bills focusing on mental health, and we hope to change that," Corin said.

The buses are scheduled to reach Tallahassee about 8:30 p.m., and a group of students from Leon County High School there plan to be on hand to greet them as a sign of support.

State Sen. Lauren Book -- D-Plantation, Fla., who paid for the charter buses for the students out of her own pocket -- also plans to greet the students when they arrive and help them organize and meet her fellow legislators on Wednesday.

The students plan to start their lobbying efforts early Wednesday when they walk to the state capitol building holding signs reading "Never Again," the motto for their grassroots movement.

The students also plan to attend a noon rally Wednesday outside the old state capitol building to support gun safety reform.

"I'm committed to making sure no child is going to be scared going into a classroom," Jon Faber, a parent chaperone on that trip, told ABC News. "That's what they're going to achieve."

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iStock/Thinkstock(PARKLAND, Fla.) -- The teenager accused of gunning down 17 people at a Florida high school had a fascination with talk of guns and was preoccupied with wars and terrorists, according to school records obtained by ABC affiliate WPLG.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, was arrested after last week's Valentine's Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

The documents, first obtained by WPLG, detail an individualized education plan (IEP) written for Cruz in June 2015, seven months before he transferred to Stoneman Douglas High School. His eligibility for the IEP was based on emotional/behavioral disabilities and language impairments.

A spokesperson for Broward County Public Schools declined to comment to ABC News on the documents.

The IEP was written as Cruz was finishing ninth grade at Cross Creek, an alternative school. The IEP shows a mixed bag of an improving student with ongoing issues of self-control -- and a fascination with talk of guns.

The IEP indicated that Cruz was making progress at the alternative school, both academically and behaviorally, but that he was, at times, easily distracted by his peers when discussions involved guns and the military.

In a science class, Cruz was “very compliant" and "helpful to his peers,” the document notes, but he was also reported to be “at times ... distracted by inappropriate conversations of his peers if the topic is about guns, people being killed or the Armed Forces.”

Another entry in the report indicated Cruz needed to be redirected at times to make better choices and use better coping skills.

"When things don't go that way he wants, Nikolas becomes frustrated and will perceive that it's the fault of others," the documents state. "He has made comments that authority figures are against him as a result of his not getting his way."

“He becomes pre-occupied with things such as current events regarding wars and terrorist [sic]," the documents state. "He is fascinated by the use of guns and often speaks of weapons and the importance of ‘having weapons to remain safe in this world.’”

The IEP references Cruz’s mother, who has since died. She, according to the report, felt her son was "doing well at this school."

"She is so happy with his academic as well as behavioral progress," the report states.

The report says Cruz had no behavioral issues that had required him to be removed from the classroom, but it does note two incidents outside class; one where he was coerced into jumping out the back of a bus, and another where he was repeatedly punched by a peer because Cruz allegedly used racial slurs toward the peer.

The documents also reveal that Cruz enjoyed volunteering for the YMCA every week and playing video games after school.

"Nikolas navigates the community independently, and rides his bike throughout his neighborhood," the report says. "Nikolas has not had any incidents of stealing since attending this school. He has been very focused on making appropriate choices in both the school and his neighborhood community.”

But the report adds, “Although Nikolas has made behavioral progress he continues to lack impulse control, he needs to be monitored while in both the school and neighborhood communities. ... Nikolas has difficulty with wanting to have friends and engaging in following the negative behaviors of those peers. He also has poor judgment in social situations.”

According to the report, Cruz's personal goal was to be "mainstreamed to his home high school. He often perseverates on the idea that his current school is for students that are ‘not smart’ and that he can now handle being in ‘regular’ school."

"He expressed that he looks forward to living independently," the report says. "He has been studying for the drivers [sic] license test and looks forward to getting his license before graduating high school.”

Cruz planned to go to college and/or the military, according to the report.

In court after his arrest last week, public defender Melisa McNeill called Cruz a "broken child."

"My children they go to school in this community and I feel horrible for these families," McNeill said, adding, "and Mr. Cruz feels that pain."

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iStock/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) -- A suspect has been identified in connection with the series of shootings in Las Vegas that appeared to target the homeless.

Joshua Castellon was taken into custody Friday by an ATF special agent on a federal weapons charge. On Tuesday, detectives with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department submitted an arrest warrant declaration for Castellon two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

"Castellon will be booked into the Clark County Detention Center after the resolution of the federal case," according to a press release from police.

At least four people were shot between Jan. 29 and Feb. 2, according to police. Three of the shootings occurred in the early morning hours of Jan. 29, according to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. One of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene after the suspect shot him while he was sleeping, police said.

The two other victims who were shot that day were taken to the hospital and treated for their injuries. One of the victims had been shot in the head and could not recall what happened, while the other victim was outside of a convenience store when the suspect approached him in a vehicle and shot several rounds at him, striking him once, police said.

The most recent victim was a homeless man named James Lewis, who was killed while he was sleeping under a bridge on Feb. 2, officials said. His killing was caught on surveillance video.

Video shows a dark-colored SUV parking near where Lewis was found. A man then walks up to Lewis and shoots him before running back to the SUV and driving away.

"He still should be here today regardless of if he's homeless or not," Lewis's daughter, Oneida Lewis Baker, told ABC News earlier this month.

Further details on Castellon's arrest were not immediately available.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CLARKSBURG, Md.) -- A cache of weapons and an apparent list of grievances were discovered at the home of a Maryland teenager arrested last week for allegedly bringing a loaded pistol and a knife to his high school.

Alwin Chen, 18, was taken into custody at Clarksburg High School campus last Thursday after he was allegedly caught with the weapons, according to the statement of probable cause from Montgomery County police. The incident occurred just a day after 17 were killed in a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

Chen was detained after being quizzed by a school resource officer after another student relayed information that Chen had come to school with a loaded firearm, the statement reads.

When the officer approached Chen about the gun, Chen replied he had a handgun in his bookbag and also had a knife in the front pocket of his shirt, the document states. Chen was subsequently arrested on multiple charges, including handgun on a person and dangerous weapon on school property.

After being detained, the teen, the document continues, allegedly told an investigator that he "felt anxious from social interactions between himself and students." Based on that, the officer recommended that Chen undergo a mental evaluation, the document adds.

"This illegal and dangerous behavior will not be tolerated in our school community," Clarksburg High School Principal Edward Owusu wrote in a letter that was sent home to parents and obtained by ABC affiliate WJLA. "Weapons of any type are not permitted on or near school property. Any student caught with a weapon will be referred to law enforcement and punished accordingly."

During a hearing on Tuesday, Montgomery County police said that Chen's home was searched and officials found multiple guns, including an AR-15-style rifle, ammunition, multiple grenades, a tactical vest, and a C4 landmine detonator, among other items, according to WJLA.

Authorities also said that during the hearing that Chen had brought a gun to school on at least one prior occasion, WJLA reported. They did not elaborate.

The defense team attempted to appeal to the judge by pointing to Chen's status as an honor roll student with offers of scholarships at two universities and adding that Chen has no history of mental illness, according to WJLA.

The defense said the weapons allegedly found at the home were bought legally and they also weren't being kept in Chen's bedroom, but another room.

Despite the efforts to portray Chen in a positive light, the teen was held without bond

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DigitalVision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A 28-year-old man was captured pushing a woman to the ground in an alleged road rage incident in New Hampshire caught on camera by a fellow motorist.

The driver who recorded the alleged incident, Jennifer Needham, told ABC Boston affiliate WCVB that she noticed a confrontation begin to escalate between a woman driving a Toyota Prius and a man driving the vehicle in front of her on Sunday.

Needham said that as she pulled up to the scene, the man was approaching the woman's car. As Needham began recording, the man had returned to his car, and the woman, dressed in a yellow puffer coat, is seen in the video exiting her Prius to confront the driver in front of her.

Seconds after the man opens the driver's side door, he is seen using two hands to forcefully shove the woman, who immediately falls on her back onto the snowy median.

"When I saw that she was shoved to the ground, part of me was just like, ‘Did that really happen?’" Needham told WCVB.

The incident occurred Sunday morning near the Henri Bourque Highway just before noon, according to the Nashua Police Department, which described it as a "brief road rage" event.

On Tuesday morning, police arrested 28-year-old Hudson, New Hampshire, resident Ricardo Montanez and charged him with misdemeanor simple assault.

Montanez told WCVB that the woman was "blaring" her horn at him and drove into his vehicle.

"At that point, she was crazy," Montanez said. "So, I turn around, and I get back into my vehicle."

Montanez said that when the woman approached his car, she punched his window and opened his door.

"What was I supposed to do?" Montanez asked. "I mean, I didn't know if she was going to hit me, smack me or what."

The woman, who was not identified, told WCVB via email that Montanez backed into her car and that she went to his car to tell him not to leave the scene.

"He got out and shoved me so hard I lost my balance," she said.

Although the woman appeared "enraged" and as if she were "ready to do something" and she confronted Montanez, Needham said, "You don't put your hands on a woman. You just don't."

"It's unfortunate that it happened, and I wish it didn't happen that way," Montanez said. "We were both wrong in that situation."

Montanez was released on $5,000 bail and will be arraigned on March 22, police said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The legal team for Brendan Dassey filed a petition before the United States Supreme Court Tuesday to hear his case. Lawyers submitted a writ of certiorari, which asks the Supreme Court to review the lower court’s decision on the case.

Dassey was convicted as a teenager in 2007, along with his uncle, Steven Avery, for the rape and murder of Teresa Halbach. Dassey was sentenced to life in prison, and the case was the subject of the Netflix series, "Making a Murderer."

In December, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled police properly obtained Dassey's confession and he should remain behind bars.

“Too many courts around the country, for many years, have been misapplying or even ignoring the Supreme Court’s instructions that confessions from mentally impaired kids like Brendan Dassey must be examined with the greatest care -- and that interrogation tactics which may not be coercive when applied to an adult can overwhelm children and the mentally impaired,” Steven Drizin, one of Dassey’s lawyers, said in a press release.

Laura Nirider, one of Dassey’s lawyers, told ABC News they expect the Supreme Court to consider the decision sometime in late spring.

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iStock/Thinkstock(OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) -- Newly released dashcam video shows a now-former police officer fatally shooting an allegedly suicidal teenager back in January.

The video, taken from two different squad cars positioned along the curb in an Overland Park, Kansas, subdivision, shows the unidentified officer emerge from the side of a house and walk into the driveway. As he does so, the garage door suddenly opens and a Honda minivan driven by 17-year-old John Albers quickly reverses out and into the driveway toward the officer.

The officer draws his weapon as the van reverses down the driveway and whips around, nearly hitting the officer. He then opens fire on the vehicle, killing Albers. Investigators have said a total of 13 shots were fired by the officer.

“Shots fired! Shots fired! He’s down! We need medical aid,” another officer can be heard yelling in the video.

Police had been called to the home on Jan. 20 following reports the teen was suicidal, officials said today at a press conference.

In the press conference, Johnson County District Attorney Stephen Howe announced the officer, who has since resigned from the department, would not be charged in Albers’ death.

“Based on the actions of that vehicle, it’s the determination of this office that the officer had reasonable belief that his life was threatened and had the right to use deadly force,” Howe said.

“No officer goes to work and wants to take a life,” Howe added.

Authorities wouldn’t say whether police had had previous experience with Albers before he was killed, but Overland Park Police Chief Frank Donchez said his officers deal with an average of seven mental health calls a day.

Donchez confirmed that the officer resigned for personal reasons in the wake of the incident. The former officer's name has not been released.

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ABC News(PARKLAND, Fla.) -- A Florida teacher described the moment she went into a "very strange autopilot mode" on the day of the Parkland school shooting, ushering students into her classroom as she saw the gunman walking down the hallway.

Stacey Lippel, a language arts teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, said students in her creative writing class were in a "great mood" as they listened to music and wrote love letters on the afternoon of Valentine's Day. Then, she heard a "popping sound" amid the noise her busy students were making, followed by the fire alarm moments later. She unlocked her classroom door and a flood of students came running in.

As the suspected shooter -- identified as 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz -- stood about 20 feet in front of her, firing a "barrage of bullets" down the hallway, Lippel urged the fleeing students to seek shelter in her classroom on the third floor of the 1200 Building.

"I don't know how many kids were in there, but I just started pulling them in and shouting at them to get in the room," Lippel told ABC News.

Lippel said her habit of immediately locking her classroom door saved her and her students.

"Had I not re-locked it, the shooter could have come right into my door," she said.

At first glance, Lippel said she thought the shooter could be a police officer because of the way he was dressed -- in "full metal garb" complete with helmet, face mask and bulletproof armor.

"I'm staring at him thinking, 'Why is the police here? This is strange,'" she said. "And I'm just looking at him, but I'm still getting the kids, knowing this is an emergency."

Lippel said she doesn't know when she "decided it was the right time to close the door," but said a bullet grazed her arm through the still-open door as she grabbed the handle to pull it shut.

"The door was open, and I was pulling it closed with both hands, knowing I really needed to get it shut tight, cause it doesn't close [easily]. You have to get it in the right position," Lippel said, adding that, in that moment, she yelled at the teacher next door to close his door as well.

Lippel's colleague, 35-year-old Scott Beigel, died in the shooting doing the "same thing" she was -- by letting students seek refuge in his classroom.

"But he didn't close his door in time," Lippel said.

After shooting several shots into Beigel's classroom, the gunman fired "four of five" more into Lippel's room, which broke the glass on her door, she said.

Seventeen people were killed and more than a dozen were injured in the shooting on Feb. 14. Two of Lippel's students were among the dead, she said.

"When I think about my two beloved students who were killed from that class, it's hard to live with 'cause I love them so much," Lippel said through tears.

Cruz was arrested in a residential neighborhood near the school and has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. An attorney for Cruz said he is willing to have him plead guilty to avoid the death penalty.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A British man was arrested and charged with murder in connection with the disappearance of his newlywed wife last May, who he claimed fell from their catamaran during a belated honeymoon sailing trip to the Caribbean, authorities said today.

Lewis Bennett, 41, was arrested on Feb. 16 after an FBI investigation found evidence discrediting his story that his wife, Isabella Hellman, the mother of his 9-month-old daughter, vanished from their 40-foot vessel when it hit something in open international waters while he was asleep in the cabin below deck, according to a criminal complaint obtained by ABC News.

By examining photos and video the U.S. Coast Guard took of the catamaran before it sank, an expert hired by the FBI to help in the high-seas mystery determined Bennett's story couldn't be true.

"Based on the analysis it does not appear the vessel sinking was caused by accidental damage. Rather, it appears the vessel was intentionally scuttled," an associate professor of nautical architecture and ocean engineering at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy stated in court records.

Bennett was arrested when he appeared in a Florida court on unrelated charges of transporting $5,000 of gold and silver coins, which he pleaded guilty to in November, according to the complaint.

"I respectfully submit that there is probable cause to believe that Lewis Richard Bennett knowingly and unlawfully killed Isabella Hellman with malice aforethought within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States," FBI Special Agent James Kelley wrote in the criminal complaint.

Investigators suspect Bennett killed his 41-year-old wife in order to collect on an insurance policy and take sole possession of their marital assets, including bank accounts and a home she owned in Delray Beach, Florida, according to court documents. He also raised suspicions when he asked the Coast Guard for a “letter of presumed death" on the day they called off the search for his wife, four days after she disappeared, according to the complaint.

Isabella Hellman's body was never found despite a 4,900-square-mile search for her conducted by the Coast Guard.

Bennett, who had been a realtor in South Florida, and Hellman were married in February 2017 and set out on a belated honeymoon in May, according to the court papers.

Bennett told investigators that he and his wife began their sailing trip from the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, journeyed to Puerto Rico and arrived in Cuba. They spent a day in Varadero, Cuba, before charting a course back to Florida on the evening of May 17, 2017, the complaint said. He claimed they had planned to either sail to Key West or Fort Lauderdale and around 8 p.m. he set the "auto pilot" on the vessel, told his wife to take watch on deck and headed below to sleep, according to the documents.

"Bennett claimed that he was next awakened by a 'crashing underneath' a few hours later," Kelley wrote in the court papers. "Bennett said he went to the upper deck and Hellman was not there."

Bennett told investigators he noticed the vessel was taking on water, so he gathered his personal belongings -- including unexpended parachute flares, water, a tea set, and nine plastic tubes containing silver coins -- and abandoned ship, jumping into a life raft and cutting himself adrift from the sinking catamaran, the court documents state.

When asked during a May 23 interview with investigators what efforts he took to locate his wife in the water, "Bennett said that he did not do anything," the complaint said.

Instead, he used a satellite phone to call one of wife's sisters, leaving her a voicemail informing her of Hellman's disappearance, the complaint said. He then contacted a friend in Australia and asked that they contact the U.S. Coast Guard on his behalf, the complaint said.

"Bennett then made telephonic contact with USCG while awaiting his rescue," Kelley noted in the complaint.

Within days of arriving back in South Florida, Bennett purchased airline tickets for him and his young daughter and took her to the United Kingdom on May 28.

He was arrested in the stolen coin case in August 2017, when he returned to South Florida for an interview on his insurance claim, the complaint said.

Bennett was arrested for his wife's murder on the same day Hellman's parents and sisters sent a letter to federal Judge James Lawrence King complaining that Bennett has kept them away from his daughter, Emilia.

"We do not want to say anything bad about Lewis, but we would like him to know how much it hurts us not to be able to see and spend time with our granddaughter and niece, Emilia, since he took her out of the country," the family wrote in the letter obtained by ABC News. "Lewis knows that Isabella's mother was very much involved in caring for Emilia from the time of her birth here in Florida until she was lost at sea."

In his statement, Kelley indicated that Bennett's story of his catamaran crashing into something in open waters raised suspicions. He said, according to the complaint, that the catamaran's two escape hatch portholes were inexplicably opened and that holes seen in both hulls were almost identical, according to the complaint.

"I cannot think of any item that would accidentally cause similar holes in both hulls at roughly the same time," the FBI's nautical architecture and ocean engineering expert noted in the complaint.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WICHITA, Kan.) -- A 5-year-old boy who has been missing since the weekend may have been the victim of abuse, a relative told ABC News.

Lucas Hernandez disappeared from his Wichita, Kansas, home around 3 p.m. on Saturday, police said. Lucas’ great-aunt Sally Rasmussen, who lives in New Mexico, told ABC News that she saw marks on the boy's arms and on his cheek in a photo she saw of him last May.

Rasmussen, who said she's worked at-risk youth before, said she is familiar with the possible signs of abuse and reported the marks to Kansas Child Protective Services.

Rasmussen said relatives grew more concerned when Lucas and his father, Johnathan Hernandez, visited New Mexico in November. She said they told her they saw more signs of abuse and reported them to authorities in New Mexico.

However, Rasmussen does not believe Lucas’father hurt his son.

“He loves his son dearly!” Rasmussen wrote in a Facebook message to ABC News.

She added that she believes Hernandez, who often travels out of state for work, was out of town working when Lucas disappeared. According to police, Lucas' stepmother told investigators she last saw him in his bedroom just before she took a shower and fell asleep. Police were called to the home about three hours later.

The New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department told ABC News that its cases are confidential and did not confirm whether it has an open case involving Lucas.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families, of which Child Protective Services is a part, said it couldn't share any information on its cases either but expressed worry for Lucas.

“We share the public’s concern regarding Lucas Hernandez," Theresa Freed, communications director for Kansas DCF, said in a statement to ABC News. "In the event the agency has information, we will share it with law enforcement, assisting them as requested.”

Wichita police confirmed in a media briefing Monday that they have had contact with the family before, but did not elaborate on the nature of that contact.

Authorities said they as many as 100 officers working the case and have searched the Hernandez home as well as Wichita’s Chisholm Trail Park, Grove Park and Harrison Park using horses, dogs and drones, but have found no sign of Lucas.

At a prayer vigil on Monday night, Lucas’ father told ABC affiliate KAKE he was thankful for the community's help.

“I think it’s good to see people in this community treating Lucas like he’s their child," Hernandez said. "This is a serious thing and we want him home.”

The family is cooperating with the investigation, authorities said.

ABC News has reached out to other relatives of Lucas, but did not immediately receive a response.

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Subscribe To This Feed, Fla.) -- More funerals were held Tuesday for Florida teenagers who were gunned down at their high school six days ago.

Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Carmen Schentrup and Peter Wang will be laid to rest. They were among the 17 people killed in the Valentine's Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The suspect, a former student, was arrested.

Peter, 15, was a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadet and was killed in his uniform while helping his classmates to safety, witnesses said, according to ABC affiliate WPLG. His friends started a petition for him to be buried with military honors.

"I want people to know that he died a hero," friend Aiden Ortiz said, according to WPLG. "That he died saving many people."

Members of the military came to pay their respects, accoring to WPLG. 

Gina, 14, "was a smart, loving, caring, and strong girl who brightened any room she entered," her mother, Jennifer Montalto, said in a Facebook post.

"She will be missed by our family for all eternity," the post said.

Carmen, 16, "was dedicated and accomplished" and "was going to change the world," her parents said in a statement that was posted on her brother's Facebook page.

"She was quite literally a 'straight A' student and a National Merit Finalist (Carmen never knew this. Her award letter arrived the day after she died)," the statement said. "Earlier this month, she was accepted into the University of Florida Honors program and was exuberant to begin her college experience. She wanted to become a medical scientist and discover a cure for horrible diseases, like ALS.”

Cara, 14, a freshman, "was an excellent student" who loved the beach and her younger cousins, her aunt, Lindsay Fontana, wrote on Facebook.

"We are absolutely gutted," Fontana wrote. "While your thoughts are appreciated, I beg you to DO SOMETHING. This should not have happened to our niece Cara and it can not happen to other people’s families."

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iStock/Thinkstock(PARKLAND, Fla.) --  Cadet Peter Wang was being buried Tuesday wearing his JROTC uniform - and with him - the U.S. Army's Medal of Heroism.

Wang, 15, was wearing his JROTC uniform when he was killed in last week's Parkland, Fla. high school shooting.

"He was pointing the door open for other people to escape and then he was struck by the bullets," classmate and friend Aiden Ortiz told ABC affiliate WPLG. "I want people to know he died a hero. He died saving many people."

Also Tuesday, the U.S. Military Academy, known as West Point, posthumously offered admission to Wang for his heroic actions during the shooting. It was Wang's lifelong dream to attend the Academy.

A West Point statement said, "It was an appropriate way for USMA to honor this brave young man. West Point has given posthumous offers of admissions in very rare instances for those candidates or potential candidates whose actions exemplified the tenets of Duty, Honor and Country."

In addition to Wang, the U.S. Army Cadet Command is awarding the medal to two other Cadets, Alaina Petty and Martin Duque, also among the 17 who died.

The gunman, Nikolas Cruz, once was a Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) Cadet as well.

The Medal of Heroism is a military decoration awarded by the Department of the Army to a JROTC Cadet who performs an act of heroism.

According to the Army, the act must be "so exceptional and outstanding that it clearly sets the individual apart from fellow students or from other persons in similar circumstances."

"The performance must have involved the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities, exemplifying praiseworthy fortitude and courage," the Army said.

Wang's family was being given a "keepsake" medal - and the family of Cadet Alaina Petty received a similar "keepsake" medal at her funeral Monday. The Florida Sun Sentinel reported that about 1,500 people attended the service for the 14-year-old who was part of the female color guard team.

Wang's friend Aiden Ortiz and another classmate started a petition on the White House website "We the People" to have the federal government bury Wang with full military honors. As of Tuesday afternoon, the petition had over 61,000 signatures.

Service members in uniform were expected to attend Wang's funeral, and his family is reportedly receiving hundreds of military patches and coins in their son's honor.

The family of Cadet Martin Duque, 14, will receive the medal during his funeral Saturday.

His aunt described Duque to ABC station KTRK as a good student who loved football and attending church. A Go Fund Me page set up to raise money for the family has already received nearly $40,000 in donations.

A spokesperson for the Army told ABC News that awards for other Cadets wounded in the shooting are going through a review process.

"However, the immediate focus right now is on supporting the funerals with dignity and honor, so deserved by these Cadets and their families," the spokesperson said.

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Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J.) -- On the day after the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, the East Brunswick Board of Education in New Jersey approved a resolution to collaborate with its local police force to put armed officers in all 11 of its public schools.

The Feb. 15 vote was a unanimous action that came after 17 people died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, when a gunman opened fire on Valentine's Day.

The officers will volunteer for this security position through the police department but will be compensated.

"We expect the cost [to be] $430,000 and that’s on top of their budget of $1.7 million for their existing unarmed security officers," Victor Valeski, the superintendent of schools, told ABC News.

Armed officers were present Tuesday at some schools, but the rest of the officers will be in place at all the schools by next week, Valeski said.

The school district won't announce how many armed officers they are adding to the schools because of security protocol, but this addition will supplement the 71 security officers, who are all retired law enforcement officers, already employed.

The armed officers would be at the schools throughout the entire school day, according to a press release.

Though the vote came after the shooting in Florida, the board of education has been working on this action for quite some time.

"This is something [that] has been in the works for two and half years," said Valeski, adding that the Florida high school shooting was a "catalyst" that made the board feel it was time to vote.

The day after the board of education's vote, East Brunswick schools responded to a threat that was made online.

"A high school student was arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat based on an online posting," the district said in the release, and Valeski confirmed this incident happened on Feb. 16.

"The importance of our unarmed force is one of the things I'm proud of," said Valeski, noting that it was their action that aided in vetting the threat made to the school. "The relationships [the security officers] built with students is invaluable."

Valeski went on to add: "We have a very cooperative relationship with local township police and local administration, mayor and council, and we couldn't do this without their support."

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Subscribe To This Feed, Ohio) -- Ohio police are looking for a man who was caught on video slipping out of his handcuffs and escaping from a jail booking room after being arrested for shoplifting.

James Hlavsa was arrested along with two other men for shoplifting from a Home Depot. After being booked at the jail in Brooklyn, Ohio, an officer handcuffed the 31-year-old to a security bench to await bond and left him alone with another handcuffed suspect, ABC affiliate WEWS reported.

A surveillance camera mounted in the corner of the room captured Hlavsa, clad in a blue sweatshirt, jeans, and boots, chatting with the woman who was handcuffed next to him as he wiggles his hands and wrists, trying to get free of the handcuffs. Improbably, the cuffs slip off and Hlavsa is free.

He wastes little time checking to make sure the coast is clear before scampering off as two other surveillance cameras catch him fleeing down a hallway and then out the police department’s garage.

ABC News reached out to the Brooklyn Police Department for comment and will update this story when we hear back.

Hlavsa is still on the run and has multiple active warrants for contempt of court, larceny, and failure to appear, according to ABC affiliate WEWS.

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Philadelphia Police (PHILADELPHIA) -- One day after the mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead, a teenager in Philadelphia was caught on camera bringing a gun to a school entrance.

The incident took place at about 3:20 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the Frederick Douglas Mastery Charter School, the Philadelphia police said.

The unknown teenager is seen trying to open the door but it's locked.

He tries knocking, but then turns around and leaves.

No shots were fired, police said.

The suspect, believed to be between the ages of 13 and 16, is wanted for firearms violations, police said.
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