As Parkland Students Return to School Tomorrow, Victims’ Families Urge School Officials, Policymakers to Follow Through on Safety Promises

Parkland, FL – Today marks six months since the massacre. As students return to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tomorrow for a new year of classes, the victims’ parents and families of last year’s tragic school shooting are pressing school officials and legislators all across the country to make school safety a priority. In the months following the shooting, not enough has been done to make schools safer, and Stand with Parkland intends to hold public officials accountable. Families of the victims will also be taking their advocacy to the halls of Congress as members on both sides of the aisle return to Washington, DC ahead of the midterm elections.

“No child should attend school in fear. No family should ever have to face the loss of a loved one at school, especially when reasonable steps can be taken to ensure campus safety,” said Tony Montalto, President of Stand With Parkland and father of Gina Montalto. “All Americans must continue to pressure officials to do the right thing. As the families of the victims in the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, we will not back down. We will not rest until our elected officials are listening to us and taking real action to prevent this type of violence in our schools.”

Since last year’s senseless tragedy, families of the victims of the Parkland shooting have joined together and are continuing to fight for secure campuses, improved mental health services and firearm safety legislation in memory of their loved ones’ tragic deaths. Stand with Parkland is working with policymakers at all levels of government and in both political parties to develop and enact into law policies that address all of the many facets that lead to violence in our schools.