The Parkland Commission recommends allowing teachers to carry firearms

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – As a result of a series of moving hearings that began in April, the Public Safety Commission of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School unanimously approved a 446-page report on the terrible shooting in a school that had concluded that Broward's former deputy, Scot Peterson, was "abandoned". his duty "not to confront Parkland's shooter and recommended a controversial proposal allowing volunteer teachers with special training to carry firearms into the classroom.

The Valentine's Day Shootout reshaped education in the United States and put a special focus on school safety, as memories of the murdered 17 students and faculty members Stoneman Douglas continue to haunt school administrators , the police and the elected officials of the country.

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He said that children from the Florida school were dead because they could not sneak into safe areas of their classrooms. Teachers have been allowed to arrange their furniture in a way that seems most conducive to a learning environment.

"There are children who died at Stoneman Douglas High School … because they could not get into the hard-corner – or safety zone – of their classroom," said the sheriff. "It is important that we teach our children, but you can not teach dead children."

Parent Max Schacter, one of the two fathers of the deceased students who sat on the committee, told Miami Local 10 that he subscribed to the general findings.

"I think this report is a very, very good product," said Schacter. "There are problems that I want to deepen further."

The sheriff also said that two students had declared "disturbing, concerning behavior" by the accused gunman. "They reported it to Jeff Morford, who is one of the deputy directors there, Morford denies that these kids brought him in. I do not think Morford is telling the truth," he said. insisted the sheriff. "I think there's enough evidence to prove that, Morford says it did not happen."

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"You do not end up in a situation where you have two children and a mother who says that they brought information that was ignored, and that he did the" oh no me, "explained the sheriff.

The massive report was commissioned by incumbent Florida governor Rick Scott, and begins with a personal story and a photo of each of the victims who were taken to the massacre in six minutes by an emotionally charged man armed with drugs. an AR-15 shotgun legally obtained.

The gunman arrived on the sprawling campus of South Florida in an Uber and entered the school through an unlocked door. The police forces never confronted him during the unleashing, although Peterson remained outside in uniform and in possession of his firearm.

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The report criticizes the Broward County sheriff's deputies who failed to face the shooter and Sheriff Broward Scott Israel, whose office at the time did not have a policy requiring them to take a quick step in the three-story building where the shooting took place. Israel's critics hope the report will result in the suspension of DeSantis shortly after the new governor took office on Tuesday.

Israel said it had done nothing to justify his dismissal. Last week he issued a new directive that compels Broward Sheriff MPs to "eliminate the threat" primarily when they arrive at the scene of an active shooter.

The report details the failures of the county school district's security program which, according to the members, allowed a former student, known to have serious emotional and behavioral problems, to enter the campus while carrying the rifle. assault in a bag.

Even since the shooting, all Florida school districts and campuses have not taken safety seriously, the report says, noting that several districts have been slow to complete the prescribed revisions to their security plans and procedures.

"Safety and security is lacking in schools and this responsibility is paramount for effective change if we expect a different outcome than Marjory Stoneman Douglas," the report says.

Among the main conclusions and recommendations of the panel:

  • State law should be amended to allow teachers who follow an intensive training program and a background check to carry concealed weapons on campus. Last month, President Gualtieri pleaded for this change, saying that teachers are often the ones who are most likely to stop schools quickly. Under a law passed after the shooting, districts may choose to arm non-class employees, such as directors, other administrators, guards and security guards. librarians who are training. The only teachers authorized to arm are current or former police officers, active members of the army or training corps instructors of junior reserve officers. Thirteen of the state's 67 districts have non-teaching staff, mostly in rural areas of the state. The State Teachers' Union and the PTA oppose the proposal to arm teachers. They argue that adding more armed people will make campuses more dangerous and says that teachers should not also act as armed guards.
  • Peterson, the long-time school resource officer assigned to Stoneman Douglas, "was abandoned to his duty" by not entering the first year building and confronting Cruz. The video shows Peterson unsheathing his gun and sheltering outside the building. He retired shortly after the shooting and denied committing any wrongdoing. The report also criticizes other MPs who did not enter the building during the shooting, but congratulated officers from the Coral Springs Police Department who promptly ran inside.
  • The report says that Israel is partly responsible by eliminating the obligation for its MPs to deal with active shooters, contrary to current law enforcement practices. Israel told the commission that it did not want its MPs to engage in suicide missions. He has since announced the policy change to force MPs to face fencers.
  • Neither Stoneman Douglas nor the Broward School District had clear procedures to lock the classrooms during a shootout, which delayed the closing of classrooms by three minutes and "left the students and staff to be slaughtered ".
  • The commission includes law enforcement, education and mental health professionals from across the state, a legislator and fathers of two deceased students.

    Lori Alhadeff, whose daughter, Alyssa, was among the people killed in the tragedy, said previously that she was delighted with Israel's policy change, even if it will not help her family.

    "I'm happy to see now that they're trying to do something about it, but it's a little too late," said Alhadeff, who recently won a seat on the Broward School Board. "My daughter is dead because of that."

    The accused gunman pleaded not guilty, but his lawyers said he would plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence. Prosecutors demand the death penalty.

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