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Gov. Scott encouraging schools add student mentoring program to help prevent future school shootings

Posted at 3:16 PM, Mar 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-30 15:17:15-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Friday, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that he is encouraging school districts to implement high school mentoring programs, in order to make students transition to high school easier and ultimately help prevent future school shootings.

"A tragedy like the shooting in Parkland must never happen again," Gov. Scott wrote in a press release.

Gov. Scott says that following the shooting, he spoke with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students who discussed the challenges high school freshman face, including adjusting to new surroundings and getting to know unfamiliar students and teachers, noting that some freshman may find the challenges overwhelming and stressful.

"These programs can help students new to high school succeed personally and academically," Scott Tweeted on Friday, following his announcement.

The governor's proposal will ultimately pair a freshman with a senior who will help the younger student with school orientation, offer practical guidance and answer questions about school activities.

"As a father and grandfather, I know every family and parent needs to know their children are going to a safe school," Gov. Scott said. 

Gov. Scott says the High School Student Mentoring Program will encourage older students to support their fellow students to ensure their safety and success.