It’s not unusual for parents to lose their kids at the start of their careers.
But when they lose them to a new school, it’s often the first time the school is in trouble.
That’s what happened to a Broward school district student in August.
The incident occurred after the Broward Unified School District was placed on a new “safety watch list” by the Education Department.
It was after a school shooting at an elementary school in November that forced the district to take the new list off the list, but a student at the school was shot and killed before he could get his name cleared.
A student’s death at a Browards elementary school sparked a new safety watch list for the district, which includes more than 400 schools.
Broward’s system is among the most dangerous in Florida, and more than a quarter of its schools are on the list.
In August, a new high school was in danger of being shut down for safety reasons, and the district had to close another high school for safety concerns.
The district says the changes were necessary to save the school from being placed on the safety watch.
Some students, like 14-year-old Kayla McNeil, who was a freshman at the high school, had never even been to the school before.
“I was scared, I was just so excited to get back to school, but I wasn’t able to,” McNeil said.
“I don’t know how they knew about the changes to the list but I was afraid to go to school.”
McNeil’s story illustrates the dangers that many students face in a state that’s among the worst for gun violence in the country.
In 2016, the U.S. experienced more than 12,000 gun deaths.
In the U-23 age group, the number of gun deaths jumped nearly 40 percent, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
And more than half of those deaths were among teens.
“It’s the most common place where kids are dying from the gun,” said Adam Winkler, the co-director of the Violence Policy Center, a Washington-based think tank.
“It’s just a place where they can die.
It’s a really bad place to be.”
A common cause of death for kids is gunshot wounds, but the number is actually much higher for teenagers.
According to a 2016 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three teens had been shot.
“The reality is, the most deadly place in America to be is a school,” said Winkler.
“We need to be vigilant about it.”
Winkler and others have called for stricter gun laws, as well as more accountability for schools.
But in this case, Broward was in the top 10 worst-performing districts in Florida for the third straight year, and many students were struggling to find schools that would take them in.
The schools are closed, and McNeil and her family have been told that their son will never be able to go back to that school.
They have not been able to get a copy of his death certificate, and they are still waiting for it to come in.