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Forest High School student arrested on campus  WCJB

An 11th-grade student at Forest High School has been arrested.



Forest High School: room where shooting took place transformed into 'refuge'  WCJB

A classroom at Forest High School that once served as a reflection of a tragic day when a shooting occurred, is now being seen in a different light.



He fired a shotgun into a classroom door, police say, then said ‘sorry’ to the injured student  The Washington Post

Sky Bouche, 19, is facing several charges, including terrorism, for a shooting Friday at Forest High School in Ocala, Fla.



Judge in Ocala gets update on Forest High shooter case  Ocala

Sky Bouche fired a shot through a door and injured a student on April 20. Case discovery includes a 300-person witness list, incident reports, surveillance and ...



Jewett Springer, longtime educator and coach, dies at 79  Ocala

Jewett Springer, who served as Vanguard High School's first head football coach during integration and later as a principal and an assistant superintendent of ...



Accused Forest High shooter Sky Bouche faces Ocala judge  Ocala

Bouche, 20, of Crystal River, made his first court appearance Wednesday since being charged in relation to the April 20 shooting at the school in Ocala.



Multiple Events In Ocala Mark Response To Forest High School Shooting  WUFT

Ocala saw a flurry of events inciting both outrage and hope on Wednesday afternoon in the wake of Friday's shooting at Forest High School. On Friday morning ...



High school students now required to wear ID  Ocala

The School District policy will be enforced as part of increased security measures following the April 20 shooting incident at Forest High School.



Ocala school shooter charged, could face life  Ocala

Sky Bouche, a former student at Forest High School in Ocala, faces five charges, including armed burglary, which is a life felony, for the April 20 incident in which ...



Forest High School teacher accused of drowning 2 raccoons during science class  WFTV Orlando

Update: The Marion County public schools superintendent has recommended the teacher be fired.



Forest High School student sliced by knife in fracas at disc golf course  Villages-News

A Forest High School student was cut by a knife Thursday during a scuffle at the Ocala Greenway Disc Golf Course. Marion County sheriff's deputies responded ...



MCSO: Forest High School shooter tells deputies why he did it  The Independent Florida Alligator

Forest High School students were supposed to walk out in calm protest.



'I wasn't raised by the right people': Forest High School shooting, takedown video released  WFTV Orlando

The Marion County Sheriff's Office on Thursday afternoon released a 20-minute compilation of footage recorded by body-worn and surveillance cameras of the ...



Possible sinkholes open on high school campus in Ocala  WESH Orlando

A possible sinkhole has opened up on a Marion County high school campus.



Forest seeks new football coach  Ocala

Forest high school athletic director Donald Tucker has announced that the school is seeking applicants for its position of head football coach in place of Ray ...



Forest High shooter requests more time to prepare for trial  Ocala

Sky Bouche, of Crystal River, a former student at the Ocala school, is accused of entering FHS on April 20 and shooting a gun at a closed classroom door, which ...



Forest High teacher, coach ran through halls yelling Code Red  Ocala

Spencer Ashley made sure his students were safe and secure then sprinted toward people calling his name. He turned a blind corner, not knowing what he was ...



Forest High School students to honor teachers, staff following shooting  WCJB

In light of last week's forest high school shooting, students Wednesday got a chance to express their feelings to law enforcement and first responders.



Clinic that evaluated accused Ocala school shooter speaks to Eyewitness News  WFTV Orlando

Students and teachers at Forest High School in Ocala are set to wear green to class Friday, a week after a gunman shot a student inside the school.



Trial delayed for suspect in Marion County school shooting  WFTV Orlando

The trial for a young man accused of firing a shotgun inside a Marion County school has been postponed. It was supposed to start Monday, but the defense said ...



2 high school students arrested in separate threat cases  Ocala

One involved a photo, the other writing on a bathroom wall.



Possible sinkholes swallow field at Forest High School  WCJB

Several depressions have formed at a Marion County High School Crews responded to forest high school around 8 o'clock Tuesday morning to assess the area.



Shooting at central Florida high school  CNN

One person is injured and one is in custody after a shooting at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida, authorities say.



Photos: Shooting at Forest High School near Ocala, Florida  WHIO

One person was injured Friday morning in a shooting reported at Forest High School in Ocala, according to the the Marion County Sheriff's Office.



Stories from Forest: Just hoping he wasnt going to kill no one  Ocala

It was Friday morning, first period, English III. Spenser Twardoski, 17, and his classmates had just recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Then, all of a sudden, ...



Forest hires Williams as new football coach  Ocala

The Forest Wildcats will have a new face on the sideline when they take the field again next Fall.Robin Williams, 31, has been hired as the new head coach of ...



Ocala school shooter has been charged and could face life in prison  Orlando Weekly

The former student at Forest High School in Ocala who carried out a shooting on April 20 that left one student injured faces five charges,...



Forest High School shooter charged, could face life in prison  Daily Commercial

OCALA — Marion County prosecutors officially filed charges Friday against the alleged Forest High School shooter, who could face life in prison if found guilty.



PETA: No more animals in Ocala schools FFA  Ocala

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent a letter to Forest High School on Thursday urging it to remove all animals from the FFA program in the ...



Suspect in school shooting in Ocala identified as former student  Turn to 10

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is praising its school resource officer for stopping a shooting at a high school in Ocala.What happened down south almost ...



Brooker Mikey Kelly, veteran educator, dies at 87  Ocala

Editor's note: This story has been revised to clarify that Forest and Vanguard high schools were created as integrated schools. Brooker Mikey Kelly — a former ...



No charges against Ocala teacher who drowned raccoons  Ocala

The State Attorney's Office announced on Friday that it will not file criminal charges against former Forest High School ag-science teacher Dewie Brewton, who ...



Ocala secretary named School-Related Employee of the Year  Ocala

The School District's School-Related Employee of the Year program honors employees such as bus drivers, teacher's aides, clerks and others. Teacher honors ...



Golden Apple caravan surprises top teachers in Marion County  Ocala

Shady Hill Elementary School art teacher Karla Cavalier is the Rookie Teacher of the Year. Her philosophy: "Never do for a child what a child can do for themself ...



High School Football Spotlight: Forest Wildcats  Ocala

A preview of the Forest High School football season.



A to Z with Forest right side hitter Amanda Hall  Ocala

School: ForestClass: SeniorPosition: Right SideNumber: 1Stats to Know: Broke the school record for right-side kills with 227. A ll-time favorite athlete?



Forest High's Jim Long Named Florida School Resource Officer Of The Year  WUFT

Florida's school resource officer of the year is a man who became a hero in April at Forest High School in Ocala. Resource officer Jimmy Long was given the ...



Sheriff's office investigating threatening statement at high school in Ocala  Villages-News

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is investigating a threatening statement reportedly made at a high school in Ocala. The assistant principal at Forest High ...



Wildcats dominate in 49-13 win over Yellow Jackets  Ocala

The Forest Wildcats (3-1) came into Friday's game against the Leesburg Yellow Jackets (0-4) hoping to build on their win over Mount Dora last week, and get ...



Forest Highs Jimmy Long is officer of the year  Ocala

'May his quick and selfless response be a testament to the bravery required of a school resource officer.'



A Florida teacher drowned wild raccoons with his students’ help. Here’s why he won’t be charged.  The Washington Post

A Florida high school teacher who, with the help of his students, killed two raccoons and a possum by drowning them in a tub of water will not face criminal ...



Ocala teacher accused of drowning raccoons abruptly retires from his position  Villages-News

The Forest High School teacher who is accused of drowning nuisance animals during the school day with the help of some students has abruptly retired.



Vanguard takes home district gold  Ocala

On Saturday at the District 3A-5 meet at Forest High School, the Vanguard boys and girls cross country teams did what they do best.Win district championships.



Top local stories of 2018  Ocala

A 19-year-old man is accused of entering Forest High School on April 20 and firing a shotgun through the bottom of a classroom door, striking a student in the ...



Area roundup: Forest boys hoops improves to 2-0  Ocala

The Forest boys basketball team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 60-39 win over Belleview on Thursday night at Forest High School. Jake Charske led the ...



Gun, Loaded Magazine In Backpack At Ocala's West Port High School Lead To Lockdown  WUFT

Not even two full weeks of the 2018 school year have passed, and Marion County is dealing with another gun incident at a school. It led to a Code Yellow ...



Teacher Talked With Accused Shooter While Waiting For Help  Patch.com

Teacher Says Accused Shooter Was Former Student - Across Florida, FL - The former teacher of 19-year-old Forest High School accused shooter Sky Bouche ...



Longtime Vanguard coach Jim Haley dies at 74  Ocala

The influential basketball coach won three state titles and started the nationally recognized Kingdom of the Sun tournament.



Prep roundup: Wildcats tame Tigers  Ocala

The Forest boys basketball team earned a come-from-behind 68-62 victory against visiting Lake City Columbia on Tuesday night.The Wildcats fell behind by 12 ...



Wildcats sweep visiting Tigers  Ocala

The Forest Wildcats volleyball team improved to 5-0 on the season with a three-set sweep of visiting Lake City Columbia.The Wildcats made easy work of the ...



Marion County rallies behind #ForestStrong  WCJB

MARION COUNTY, Fla. In honor of the Forest High School community, dozens of people along with students and staff of the school wore the color green today.



County football teams open up preseason today  Ocala

The high school football season is here with a pair of contests kicking off a two-day run of preseason games.Tonight, Belleview will visit The Villages, while ...



Teacher given Woman of Courage award for actions in FHS shooting  Ocala

Kelly McManis-Panasuk was honored Sunday at a woman's expo for being calm on April 20 as she talked to a former student who shot and injured one teen at ...



District baseball tournament schedules  Ocala

HIGH SCHOOLS. Baseball. District tournament schedules. District 8A-3. Host School: Forest High School. Marion County participating schools: Forest.



School Board moves forward with "Regroup" notification system  Ocala

During extreme emergencies, like the active shooter situation at Forest High School in April, teachers and staff members were told to go on lock-down until they ...



Arts, grants and the Greatest Show  Ocala

In a night of Jessicas and Lisas, the real star of Thursday's Applaud the Arts ceremony was Ocala's diverse cultural scene. This year dubbed The Greatest Show, ...



Florida schools implementing ‘hardened corners’; some parents unhappy  The Northwest Florida Daily News

LAKELAND — A new addition is coming to every classroom in Florida, and some parents are not happy about it.Bright yellow and black security tape is being ...



Lake Weir tops Forest 20-17  Ocala

OCALA – Homecomings are for kings, queens and defensive dog fights. All three happened Friday night as Lake Weir visited Forest for a football contest ...



High school football arrives with media day  Ocala

From a coach's standpoint, high school football media day means only one thing.Its go time.Yes, the high school football season is about to get really serious.



Scot Brantley award semifinalists announced  Ocala

The Ocala Quarterback Club has announced a list of eight North Central Florida area high school football players who have been selected as semifinalists for ...



Schools spokesman Christian wins high PR honor  Ocala

Kevin Christian, the school district's director of public relations, has won the distinguished Doris Fleischman Award, given to one of the state's 1,200 public ...



Forest tops West Port in tight county matchup  Ocala

The Forest Wildcats walked off the court Friday night with the 63-56 win at home over the West Port Wolf Pack in what was an intense, evenly matched affair ...



Retired Marion County schoolteacher, veteran, invents potential life-saving device  WCJB

A Marion County schoolteacher of 18 years is busily spending his retirement on spreading the word about a device he patented to keep students safe.



Some Marion County schools now requiring students to wear IDs  WCJB

MARION COUNTY, Fla., (WCJB) -- In the wake of another mass shooting, we find ourselves asking "are we safe?" Growing concerns for safety are reaching ...



Forest’s Mackenzie Forrest shines in the triple jump  Ocala

For the second year in a row, a strong season on the track and in the sand pit led to a state championship appearance from Forest High School's Mackenzie ...



Marion schools want to establish security force  Ocala

"This a plan for the elementary schools only," Safe Schools Coordinator Dennis McFatten said. "We want to provide the same level, if not more, to these schools."



Athletic Colts eyeing breakout season  Ocala

Looking back on the 2017 North Marion football team, perhaps the first thing seen is the 3-7 record. However, in so many ways, while accurate, that mark is ...



Marion County Schools announce baccalaureate and graduation dates  Villages-News

Marion County school officials have announced dates for upcoming baccalaureate and graduation schedules for students in the class of 2018. Those include:.



Prep roundup: Forest and Belleview win county golf tournament  Ocala

The MCIAC Golf Tournament was held Wednesday at the Ocala Golf Club, but was cut short after being rained out after just nine holes.Forest's boys team made ...



Open School Board seat draws 3 candidates  Ocala

Three men, all with much different types of experience, are vying to fill the District 3 seat of senior School Board member Bobby James, 71, a career educator ...



Parent's letter triggers investigation into Forest High School trip home from cheerleading camp  Villages-News

A parent's letter triggered an investigation at Forest High School in Ocala into a trip home from cheerleading camp. Forest High School's Principal Brent Carson ...



Hundreds bid farewell to retiring School Board member Bobby James  Ocala

Former students, co-workers, friends and family streamed into the Silver River Museum on Wednesday to honor the man. SILVER SPRINGS — School Board ...



News and events in business and industry  Ocala

Ribbon cuttingSentry Molecular Coatings Florida will host a ribbon cutting ceremony 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at 310 SE Third St., Ocala.The firm offers ...



Grad section: High school Class of 2018 graduation candidates  Ocala

GRADUATION CANDIDATES. Marion County high school students scheduled to graduate in 2018. PUBLIC. Belleview High School ...



Youth sports announcements  Ocala

SPORTS OFFICIATINGAREA ASSOCIATIONS SEEKING PROSPECTIVE OFFICIALS: The Mid-Florida Officials Association and the Ocala Division of Volleyball ...



Two big wins for Marion County  Ocala

Marion County Public Schools and the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP), which have been working together to boost vocational ...



Volleyball district tournament previews  Ocala

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALLDistrict tournament preview capsules District 5-8A tournamentWHO: East Ridge, Windermere, Winter Park Lake Howell, Orlando ...



A to Z with Forest swimmer Elise Bauer  Ocala

The outstanding Forest High School swimmer answer questions from A to Z.



Three young suspects charged in Silver Springs Shores burglary  Ocala

SILVER SPRINGS SHORES — Three alleged burglars were arrested in Silver Springs Shores for swiping guns, cash, change and other valuables.Of the trio ...



Outgoing School Board members say goodbye  Ocala

Two veterans end their *service*.



Election preview: School Board District 3  Ocala

If campaign financing is a gauge in a political race, then the two candidates vying to fill the seat of retiring School Board member Bobby James are running neck ...



Class of 2020: Halfway through high school  Ocala

The Star-Banner has been following this group of students since they started kindergarten in 2007.



Marion County school district announces admin changes  Ocala

School Superintendent Heidi Maier on Tuesday announced some administrative staff changes that will take effect Monday. The information was provided in a ...



School officer plan settled  Ocala

The School Board decided Monday to staff all 51 school campuses with certified law enforcement officers, called school resource officers, in August, and then ...



Sky Bouche, accused Ocala school shooter, on FBI's radar as early as 2013  WFTV Orlando

OCALA, Fla. - 9 Investigates has confirmed the 19-year-old man arrested on suspicion of shooting a student in the ankle at Forest High School was on the ...



Competitors give best at Special Olympics  Ocala

Athletes competed at Forest High Saturday in events that included wheelchair races, track-and-field, cycling, long jump, shot put, tennis, softball throw and ...



Trespasser at Forest High punched deputy in the nose  Ocala

A Marion County Sheriff's deputy suffered minor injuries on Thursday during a scuffle with one of three teenagers who traveled onto the Forest High School ...



District requires high-schoolers to wear ID badges in wake of shooting incident  Education Dive

After an April shooting incident at Forest High School, Florida's Marion County Public Schools will require high-schoolers to wear provided identification badges ...



Prep roundup: Wildcats sweep Rattlers; Celtics fall in 5 to Buchholz  Ocala

Forest improved to 3-0 on the season by sweeping Belleview, 25-15, 25-14, 25-16, at FHS Gym.The host Wildcats were paced by Nicole Dorothea (14 kills), ...



In Florida, school districts take different safety paths  Ocala

TALLAHASSEE — Unwilling to turn school staff into gun-packing “guardians,” some officials across Florida are turning to a controversial alternative to meet the ...



Trial for Marion County school shooter Sky Bouche delayed  WCJB

The trial of a the man who fired a gun inside of Forest High School in April has been delayed.



"Text-A-Tip" Coming to Marion County schools  WCJB

The Marion County Children's Alliance will launch a new anonymous texting hotline in later this year that will allow students to report illegal activity and suicide ...



Marion sheriff criticizes teacher during release of school-shooting video  Daily Commercial

OCALA — The Marion County Sheriff's Office on Thursday released surveillance footage and a deputy's body camera video from the April 20 shooting at Forest ...



Oak Hall boys lacrosse dominates Ocala Forest to win District 3 crown  Gainesville Sun

Oak Hall (13-2) advances to Friday's regional quarterfinals, in which the Eagles will host Jacksonville Bolles (6-12) at 7 p.m..



Leon Rogers, former school superintendent, dies at 86  Ocala

Local school district officials ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Thursday after learning of the death of former Marion County School Superintendent Leon ...



Five Marion students bound for service academies  Ocala

Larry Fagan, a recruiter of central Florida high school students primarily for military *service* academies for more than 30 years, is impressed by the number of ...



At charter schools, who pays for officers?  Ocala

A debate about whether the school district should pay for law enforcement officers at charter schools and other alternative program sites has erupted in the ...



Florida teacher accused of drowning raccoons won't face criminal charges  WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

The Ocala teacher accused of drowning two raccoons and an opossum while students were present in an agriculture class will not face criminal charges, ...



School Board member Nancy Stacy blasts superintendent  Ocala

The war of words between School Board member Nancy Stacy and School Superintendent Heidi Maier reached an epic level Tuesday night, with Stacy reciting ...



Election preview: School Board District 4  Ocala

Two-term School Board incumbent Angie Boynton is in a fight for her political life with Nancy Thrower, a special needs teacher who nearly had enough votes in ...



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