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Sophie West, Editor

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An increasing number of details have been released since the Parkland, Florida school shooting on February 14. According to CNN, armed police deputy Scot Peterson “rushed to the building,” only to wait outside the school for four of the six minutes in which the shooting occurred. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said that Peterson should have “[a]ddressed the killer.” Peterson was suspended, and subsequently resigned, ending his thirty-two year career.

President Trump publicly stated that Peterson “certainly did a poor job, there’s no question about that” (Cnn.com). Additionally, he claimed that an increase in the number of mental hospitals would be beneficial: “We have no halfway. We have nothing between a prison and leaving him at his house, which we can’t do anymore” (Nytimes.com). Trump took to Twitter to address the idea of arming teachers: “I never said ‘give teachers guns’ like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @NBC. What I said was to look at the possibility of giving ‘concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience’–only the best” (Foxnews.com).

 

Parkland survivors announcing demonstrations. Photo credit to Talking Points Memo.

In response to the Stoneman Douglas shooting, students across the country have created a protest movement called March For Our Lives. Shooting survivor Cameron Katsky said that lawmakers should be doing more to keep military-grade weapons out of civilian hands. “I think the policymakers in Washington are starting to see a change within themselves. . .I think that everybody deserves a fresh start. If they are not willing to have a fresh start, then they will have a badge of shame.” Marches are being planned for Houston, Philadelphia, London, and Broward County, Florida. Survivor Emma Gonzalez said that students would like to speak to leaders such as President Trump, Senator Marco Rubio, and Florida governor Rick Scott about their support for the NRA. She stated that “If they don’t turn around right now and state their open support for this movement, they are going to be left behind. You are either with us or against us” (Washingtonpost.com).

The Stoneman Douglas shooting has attracted a great deal of press attention. Although the tragedy occurred weeks ago, it is still being discussed. Hopefully this ongoing discussion will lead to some course of action being taken.

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