Families of Parkland Victims Respond to Reports That DeVos Considering Diverting Federal Funds To Arm Teachers


Today, the families of the victims of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL spoke out in response to reports that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is considering allowing states to use federal funding to arm schoolteachers. The following statement can be attributed to Tony Montalto, President of Stand with Parkland and father of Gina Montalto.

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Superintendent faces criticism as Parkland students return to school

PARKLAND, Fla. — Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, returned to class this week. The school, however, did not return to what it used to be, CBSN anchor Anne-Marie Green reports.

It’s been six months since former student Nikolas Cruz went on a rampage, killing 17 people on Valentine’s Day. On Friday, the school looked different. The building where Cruz opened fire is closed, surrounded by a 12-foot tall fence. Inside, the changes are even greater.

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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.

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Back-to-School Shopping for Districts: Armed Guards, Cameras and Metal Detectors

PARKLAND, Fla. — Fortified by fences and patrolled by more armed personnel, schools will open their doors to students for the start of the new year with a heightened focus on security intended to ease fears about deadly campus shootings.

The massacre in Parkland, Fla., one of the most lethal in American history, unnerved school administrators across the country, who devoted the summer to reinforcing buildings and hiring security.

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‘Stand With Parkland’ Victims’ Families Hold Press Conference, Tell School Board to Do Better

Parkland, FL – Today “Stand with Parkland, The National Association of Families for Safe Schools,” calls for change in Broward County, Florida, citing poor performance of the School Board of Broward County. You have an opportunity to help change this. Please come out and vote on August 28th. We ask everyone concerned about the safety and security of our county’s schools to vote for new School Board representation that will be more concerned about the safety of the students and teachers in Broward County schools.

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