Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Betsy Devos Angers Parkland Students with Brief Visit

Betsy Devos Angers Parkland Students with Brief Visit Betsy Devos Angers Parkland Students with Brief Visit
Melinda Barton | 08 March, 2018, 12:44

And gun control legislation gained traction in the state legislature.

No more backpacks in Caldwell classrooms - that's the district's new procedure, which took effect Wednesday, March 7, at Caldwell High School.

Another student survivor who goes by Kyra on Twitter said that "Devos spoke to me and only a hand full of students".

Many Democrats think the bill didn't go far enough because it doesn't include a ban on assault-style rifles or large-capacity magazines. "They have a lot of important and worthwhile things to say". "I'll definitely be speaking out still until changes are made, ' Senior Demitri Hoth said".

It will parallel the march students are hosting on Saturday, March 24 in Washington, draw attention to this nationwide issue.

Cruz had a history of mental issues, numerous encounters with police and was expelled from Stoneman Douglas past year for disciplinary problems, according to authorities. "By pressing "no" today, we can get it right by the Constitution".

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen said Wednesday that the agency will eventually turn over its findings to the Broward County prosecutor. "Parkland is the center of everything. we learned here, we grew up together".

The Florida House has passed a school safety bill that includes new restrictions on rifle sales and a program to arm some teachers.

Many students say they oppose arming teachers in school, and some staged a "die-in" at the state capitol during this final week of the legislative session. The close vote reflected the fierce divide between both major parties over the bill, SB 7026, which also sets up a "guardian" program allowing trained school employees to carry guns in schools. And in the past decade, authorities received more than 20 calls about Cruz and his family.

But House Rules Chairman Jose Oliva, the bill sponsor, said raising the age for the purchase of rifles, an age already required for handguns, treats all weapons equally.

It also includes a voluntary "guardian program" named after Coach Aaron Feis who was slain in the Parkland attack, which is meant to "aid in the prevention or abatement of active assailant incidents on school premises" by allowing some school employees to be armed.

What's next: Superintendent Robert Runcie said he wants an immediate, independent review of the social and educational history of Nikolas Cruz.

Ms. DeVos, meanwhile, praised students who have become politically active since the tragedy.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos leaves a news conference following a visit to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the aftermath of a February 14 mass shooting at the school, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Coral Springs, Fla. The FBI was warned, but didn't notify local law enforcement. Some black lawmakers advised that it could unfairly target African-American students and personnel, inadvertently identifying them as shooters.