A former administrator at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland has retired early, in the midst of a Broward school district investigation about his role in last year’s shooting.Jeff Morford was an assistant principal at the school when the massacre that took 17 lives and injured another 17 people occurred on February 14, 2018. He has been accused by a state commission of failing to help prevent such a situation.Morford had signed up for a deferred retirement program last year and was planning to leave in 2023, according to district records. However, his last day was September 4.Lisa Maxwell, executive director of the Broward Principals and Assistants Association, says he decided to retire early as a result of “overall trauma” from the massacre. She adds, “He’s been re-traumatized over and over again. He’s just done.”According to Maxwell, prosecutors in the criminal case for killer Nikolas Cruz have required the former assistant principal to repeatedly watch video of the shooting, which killed coach and security monitor Chris Hixon, with whom Maxwell was good friends.The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission, which is still investigating the tragedy, concluded that Morford had mishandled a September 2016 threat assessment of Cruz, who was a student at the school at that time.A 2018 report from the commission states that Morford was not competent in such tasks, and had never handled such evaluations during his 31-year career.Assistant Principal Denise Reed told the commission, “Jeff is old school. He only did operations. He never did any discipline at where he was at his previous location and so Jeff said: ‘I don’t even know where to find a threat assessment.’”A student told the commission that he and a classmate warned Morford that they were concerned about Cruz being a school shooter, since Cruz had reportedly looked up guns on a school computer, pretended to shoot birds on campus, and alleged that he liked seeing people in pain.The student said that Morford and a deputy did not seem concerned, and that Morford told the student to Google “autism,” implying that Cruz had the condition.The report adds, “Morford told the students that Cruz was being sent to alternative school and they did not need to worry.”The commission asked the district to investigate how Morford handled the threat review. Upon finding that Morford’s inability to answer detailed questions did not seem credible, they hired a law firm to review his actions, as well as those of two other assistant principals and a security specialist. Former Principal Ty Thompson was added to the list last March.Runcie informed the commission that the investigation should be finished later this month or next month.The administrators were transferred to new jobs this summer. Morford had been serving as an assistant principal at Coconut Creek High School, but was reportedly not able to avoid the daily stress caused by the shooting.In addition to his administrative duties, Morford opened a bar in Pompano Beach last summer called the Axe Throwing Society. It features 14 ax-throwing “lanes” that look like fenced-in batting cages, where customers can fling lightweight axes at wooden targets.
7. Valentine, AustraliaFrom unromantic beginnings as a coal mining town, this lakeside lover’s paradise sits on the shore of Lake Macquarie, just up the coast from Sydney. Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake, head up here with your Valentine for a spot of camping, swimming and that Aussie national past-time, barbecuing.Find flights8. Rose, USAWhat’s in a name? Well they’re aren’t many roses in this small New York town, which was actually named after the landowner Robert S. Rose. Residents in this romantically named town once thought gold and gems were buried beneath their feet. They failed to find any treasure, but then, in the immortal words of Dolly Parton: I never promised you a rose garden.9. Truelove Lowlands, Devon Island, CanadaUnless you have a peculiar penchant for polar bears, or you really love your own company, it’s highly unlikely you’ll find true love in Truelove. Devon Island is no love island, in fact it’s more like something out of the Tom Hanks movie Cast Away, being the world’s largest uninhabited spot of land.Find flights10. Love County, USAWe made it to the end of the list without running out of romance-related puns! Love is in the air in Love County, Oklahoma, where more than half of the population are married, that’s 10% more than the US national average. Are they more amorous, or just traditional? We’re not sure on that one. Read more about romantic holiday ideas:10 romantic hotels in Paris close to 10 great attractions7 romantic city breaks in EuropeDecent proposals: 7 really romantic (cheap) places to pop the questionSingle and wanting to escape smug couples this Valentine’s Day? Check this out:Kill Cupid: 5 unromantic, anti-Valentine’s destinationsSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 4. Kissing, GermanyBavaria, the home of Black Forest Gateau and beer, the perfect recipe for romance. Join the queue and pucker up alongside other soppy couples getting snapped snogging in front of Kissing’s welcome sign. If all the lovey-dovey stuff gets too much then Munich is only a short jaunt down the road. Find flights5. Heart’s Content, CanadaFrolic in the snow with your special someone to your Heart’s Content in this small town located in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Don’t get your wires crossed; famous for being the end of the line for the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable until it was decomssioned, the brick cable buidling is now a communications museum.6. Date, JapanIt’s a double date in Japan, which has not one but two towns named Date, actually pronounced ‘Dar-tay’. The first is located on Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido, the other on the main island of Honshu. Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, so here are 10 of the most romantic-sounding destinations in the world to get you in the mood for love.Whether you’re looking for the perfect spot for a romatin rendezvous, or you just want a giggle at some soppy city names, ditch the forecourt flowers and take a trip down lovers’ lane.1. Romance, USALegend has it, the rugged town of Romance, Arkansas, was named by a teacher who thought the views around the town were particularly romantic. The town’s biggest attraction is the local post office, where romantics flock to get a ‘Romance’ postmark on their love letters – they’re still waiting for email to catch on.Find flights2. Lover, EnglandAnother one for philatelists out there; the post man has a hard job carrying the sacks of sweet-nothings sent each February 14th to the village in Wiltshire who prize the ‘Lover’ postmark. With only three roads in the tiny hamlet, you’re bound to find the path to true love here.3. Heart Peaks, CanadaGet all hot under the collar with a hike up the volcanic mountains, Heart Peaks, in British Columbia. Feel light-headed and giddy (it could be love, it could be altitude sickness) atop the 6000-foot peak. Having laid dormant for thousands of years however, you might find more fizzle than sizzle. Related7 romantic city breaks in EuropeLove is all you need, but whisking your sweetheart away to Paris, Barcelona or Lisbon will probably earn you a few brownie points. Here are seven places in Europe to take your lover for a romantic city break, whether it’s Valentine’s Day, or you just fancy treating that someone special.Top 10 Valentine Breaks: romantic holiday destinations off the beaten trackSkyscanner introduces 10 cities where love is still in the air5 Most Romantic Cities in Italy5 Most Romantic Cities in Italy