5 things to know: Friday

5 things to know: Friday

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Timeline released for Florida school shooting

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) - A timeline released by Florida authorities shows that the 19-year-old former student who confessed to a deadly high school shooting was only in the building for six minutes.
  
Police say that during that brief time period Wednesday afternoon, Nikolas Cruz shot more than two dozen people, killing 17 and wounding others.
  
Cruz was charged with murder Thursday.
  
It was the nation's deadliest school attack since a gunman targeted an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, more than five years ago.


After shootings, plenty of talk, little action
  
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats say Congress needs to do more to help prevent the kind of shooting tragedy that left 17 people dead at a Florida high school this week.
  
Sen. Bill Nelson declared, "enough is enough." He urged lawmakers to talk about ways to stop gun violence.
  
But Congress has been here before. After a deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas last fall, lawmakers talked about banning bump stocks, a device that allowed the shooter's semi-automatic rifles to mimic the rapid fire of machine guns. But those efforts fizzled amid opposition from Republican leaders.
  
President Donald Trump addressed the nation Thursday, promising to "tackle the difficult issue of mental health." He avoided any mention of guns.
  
The suspect is a troubled teenager who posted disturbing material on social media.


Districts; "See something, say something" policies keep students safe

LUBBOCK, Texas - The high school shooting in Florida has schools across the country confronted with the reality of threats against their students. 

"It's a constant juggle you know to make sure that we are as safe as possible," said Jody Scifres, Lubbock ISD police chief. "But we are also providing an environment that's good for education." 

Scifres said his staff is trained to take a proactive approach in any chaotic situation and utilize several safety protocols that they practice routinely. 

"That's one of the reasons we have police officers in schools so that they can take care of the problem," said Scifres. "They are there and they can take care of it and they can address it and police have trained on this for a long time." 

The chief said it's not just up to police though, parents have to do their part and talk to their children and create a strategic plan. An active shooter situation can happen anywhere at any time. They need to be familiarized with their surroundings and understand what is going on. They need to know where to go and what to do and how to respond no matter where they are at.

Lubbock ISD currently has a mobile app to help both students and parents report any threats. 

"They can text or call a phone number and leave a message and that is quickly funneled to the appropriate administrators," said Nancy Sharp, Lubbock ISD communications director. "And for our community and anyone on our district app we have an ask LISD button were you can also report information about something you are concerned about and it can also be anonymous or you can leave your name and information."


'Dreamers' left in limbo as Senate rejects immigration bills

WASHINGTON (AP) - The fate of hundreds of thousands of "Dreamer" immigrants remains in limbo, a day after the Senate rejected rival plans that would have spared them from deportation and strengthened the nation's border security.
  
Senators dealt President Donald Trump an especially galling defeat. More than a quarter of his fellow Republicans abandoned him and voted against a measure based on priorities he had spelled out.
  
Also defeated was a plan by a bipartisan group of senators. They offered a compromise that would have shielded the young immigrants and financed Trump's demands for money to build his border wall, though more gradually than he wants. Eight Republicans joined most Democrats in backing that plan, but it fell short after the White House threatened a veto and GOP leaders opposed it.


'Drag for DACA' show raises money for Dreamers

LUBBOCK, Texas -The protections offered under the Obama-era DACA program are set to expire on March 5th, but, federal judges have blocked that from taking effect amid ongoing litigation.

To help the so-called "Dreamers" keep those protections and get all the paperwork filed to do so, an organization is brought some counter-culture to the Hub City through drag.

These drag queens are making a difference. Club Pink hosts the "Drag for DACA" event, in part with the "Mi Casa Es Su Casa" network.

The show is a way to provide support and financial assistance to Dreamers living in Lubbock.

"These people have made America their home, this is the only place that they really know," Mi Casa Es Su Casa president Jake Quintanilla said. "To send them back to a community that doesn't know who they are and that they don't know, especially if they're from the LGBTQ community. It's still a sensitive topic for a lot of places around the world. So they also have another additional risk included with having to go back."

The money raised will go toward helping pay for two year extension application or renewal fees. Tips that are given to the "queens" will also go toward this initiative.

Congress has yet to pass any immigration bill that would allow these dreamers with a path to citizenship. Four of the proposed bills failed in the Senate on Thursday.

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