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FL leaders search for ways to make schools safe; students demand gun control

Parkland students speak with lawmakers
Posted at 8:10 PM, Feb 20, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — As state and local leaders searched for ways to make schools safe, students traveled from Parkland to push for gun change Tuesday.


The governor asked local and state leaders to hold meetings today to discuss ways to improve school safety plus identifying ways to limit gun access to people who suffer from mental illness. 

The sessions lasted for several hours. During those sessions the theme from leaders was the lack of funding available and resources to help facilitate changes. 

Governor Rick Scott stressed there are 3 weeks left in the legislative session. Governor Scott called for solutions after last week’s deadly shooting in South Florida. According to authorities, a gunman killed 17 people, most of those people were his former classmates.

Some Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students traveled nearly 500 miles today to Tallahassee to speak with lawmakers. Their movement is called ‘Never Again.' They demand gun safety. 

“To know that 17 of our friends and teachers and coaches are now gone, it’s heart wrenching,” Spencer Blum, MSD student, said.

Students want their voices heard.

“I was in the building on the first floor. I heard and saw all of that and I don’t think anybody should have to go through that,” Melissa Camilo, MSD student, said.

They are fighting for safety.

“I want to get assault rifles and assault weapons completely banned from our state and hopefully the country as well," Blum said.

These kids hope adults will listen to them as they continue grieving and find ways to honor the people who were tragically killed.

However, the House voted down an assault weapon ban Tuesday with a 71-36 tally.

“Parents and students shouldn’t have to be scared to go into a learning environment,” Camilo said.

Students, parents, and teachers will rally for gun control Wednesday at the capitol.

“We’re not going to rest. We’re not going to stop until there is change. We’re positive. We’re passionate and we’re proud to be Eagles,” Blum said. 

Late Tuesday, Governor Scott met with state and local leaders. The Pinellas County Sheriff, the Polk County Sheriff, and the Citrus County Superintendent were present.

During the meeting, people mentioned trying to have SRO’s at every single school. The governor asked about finding ways to have accountability. He suggested having someone sign off on active shooter plans at schools.