Broward school district ends request for social media posts from parents in Parkland massacre

Two people comfort each other as they sit and mourn at one of 17 crosses after a candlelight vigil for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018.
Two people comfort each other as they sit and mourn at one of 17 crosses after a candlelight vigil for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018. (Associated Press)

PARKLAND, Fla. – The Broward County school district has abruptly dropped its request that the families of students and staff slain in the 2018 Parkland high school massacre be required to turn over their social media posts from that period.

Attorneys for Broward County Public Schools told a judge Thursday that the media is portraying in an unfair light its request of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School families.

They said they dropped the request to help move the case forward.

The district is facing several lawsuits from families of some of the 14 students and three staff members killed. They had opposed turning over the posts, saying they were irrelevant.