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US 'It will happen again,' says Pinellas County sheriff two years after Parkland school shooting

17:55  14 february  2020
17:55  14 february  2020 Source:   wtsp.com

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When Coral Springs police officers arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland , Florida, on February 14 in the midst of the school shooting crisis, many officers were surprised to find not only that Broward County Sheriff 's Deputy Scot Peterson, the armed school resource officer

To think of them, and of this upscale suburban high school , as mere symbols of tragedy ignores the Their counterparts at the Broward Sheriff ’s Office were criticized for failing to try to confront the On Rosh Hashana I asked my rabbi if it would be O.K. to say Kaddish, the memorial prayer.

After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School claimed 17 lives, a commission was formed to identify and improve school safety standards across the state of Florida.

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"I think we've made a lot of progress over the last two years, but we're still not totally where we need to be. There's still a lot of improvement that needs to be made," Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said.

Gualtieri is the chairman of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission.

Emma Gonzalez, a student and shooting survivor from Marjory Stoneman Douglas, cries as she addresses the conclusion of the

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The commission was able to push a sweeping school security bill into action, requiring schools to have armed guardians on campus, report safety incidents and create a suspicious activity reporting system, among many other changes.

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After the shooting ended, students ran out of the building flanked by heavily armed police officers. There are 30 classrooms in the building, which was originally built only for freshmen but is Official statements from the police after the attack said that one person had been shot on the second floor.

What Happened in the Parkland School Shooting . Sheriff Larry Ashley of Okaloosa County , a commission member, said the animation reminded him of a video game: “How many kills can I get?” At least two officers from the Coral Springs Police Department did realize the shooting was taking

Two years after the tragedy at the Parkland, Florida, high school, Gualtieri took a moment to reflect on what's changed.

"The biggest lesson we learned is that we were not as prepared as in the schools, in overall safety and security," he said.

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The unfortunate reality is it's going to happen again. The question is when and where," Gualtieri said.

That's why he says law enforcement, schools and legislators need to push harder to improve on the safety measures that are already in place and not pile on new measures.

"We don't need bold new initiatives. We need to make sure we improve on what's already in place," he said.

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The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland , Fla I think it ’s just kind of crazy how fast it happened . Two Instagram accounts that classmates said belonged to Mr. Cruz were filled with images of weaponry, as well as the hats and bandannas he liked to wear to school .

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, who leads a commission that investigated the massacre's causes, says the shooter would have easily qualified for a red flag order. Gualtieri says while it 's impossible to say that would have prevented the shooting , the gunman wouldn't have been able to

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Two years after Parkland, Gualtieri says these are the most important improvements: threat assessment teams need to be more robust and active in every school, armed guardians need to be well-trained and more plentiful, school campuses need to be more physically secure, alarms and alert systems need to be working, different agencies and departments need to be able to communicate clearly and schools need to conduct frequent and effective drills.

"Nobody should forget this. Everybody should remember this, at Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Florida. On February 14th, 20 years after Columbine, six years after Sandy Hook, they had not done one active shooter drill on that campus in the year before this event. Nobody knew what to do, how to do it, when to do it, why to do it...because there were no policies in place," he said. "There were no drills 20 years after Columbine. People can't have a short memory about this and there's still a lot of room to do more, do better and this has to be sustained."

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“He pursued the shooter , engaged the shooter ,” Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron of St. Mary’s County said . But it was not immediately clear, the sheriff said , whether Deputy Gaskill’s shot had struck Mr Sheriff Cameron said it seemed a “prior relationship” had existed between the gunman and the

The Broward County Public Schools brought in counselors and therapy dogs for Stoneman Douglas students immediately after the shooting last year . At the start of the 2018-2019 school year last fall, the school district advertised the continuing operation of a “resiliency center” at a park in Parkland

The sheriff says the Commission is currently in the process of scheduling its meetings for 2020. The group plans to start after the legislative session ends.

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