Colleen Wright

Colleen Wright

Colleen Wright covers Pinellas County Schools since joining the Times in 2015. Florida born and bred, she was raised in Miami and graduated from the University of Florida.

Should parents be able to ‘opt out’ their children from having an armed teacher?

Hernando County Sheriff's deputy Cory Zarcone, 28, talks to Aleigha Dziedzic, 5, right, during breakfast time in the cafeteria of Brooksville Elementary School on March 7, 2018. Hernando County leaders approved a spending plan to add 10 school resource officers to area schools. ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times
The bill that would expand the “Guardian” program to allow teachers to carry guns passed another committee along party lines Tuesday.

Bob Gualtieri to Broward: ‘Do things differently’

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri chaired the commission that investigated the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. [Tampa Bay Times]
Gualtieri, the chairman of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, paid a visit Tuesday to “ground zero,” the Broward County School Board, to go over the commission’s...

Somber mood one year later at Marjory Douglas High School

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Absences were excused for those who couldn’t bear to attend Stoneman Douglas’ “Day of Service and Love,” a short day for students to serve breakfast to first responders and pack meals for...

Parkland anniversary looms over grieving parents and family

Mourners bring flowers as they pay tribute at a memorial for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 during an open house as parents and students returned to the school for the first time since 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at the school in Parkland on Feb. 14, 2018. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS) 1239262
Many of the victims’ families contacted said they planned to spend the day, Thursday, privately.