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Intersection: Online Threats; PTSD & First Responders; Jeff Zentner

Schools around the country are on pins and needles since the shooting in Parkland. That’s according to Volusia County sheriff Mike Chitwood, who says his office has investigated more than 30 threats to schools in recent weeks and arrested over a dozen students.

Meanwhile Orlando city commissioners voted to beef up the response to online threats.

On this episode of Intersection we talk to Sheriff Chitwood and Stetson University constitutional law professor Louis Virelli about the law around threats on social media, and the response from law enforcement.

Then- new hope for first responders in Florida suffering from PTSD. Legislation to expand compensation coverage is moving in Tallahassee. 90.7’s Abe Aboraya and Pro Publica’s Charles Ornstein join us to talk about their in depth reporting project on post traumatic stress disorder’s toll on police firefighters, EMTs and paramedics. 

And Jeff Zentner was a professional musician, releasing several albums and recording with the like of Iggy Pop and Nick Cave. Instead of songs he’s now writing award winning young adult fiction. Zentner joins Intersection for a conversation about writing. 

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