Students Across The Country Demand Action On Gun Reform
- Author: Arturo Norris Feb 23, 2018,
Feb 23, 2018, 19:01
Hundreds gathered in Parkland to remember Feis, 37, an assistant football coach and security guard gunned down while helping students to safety during the mass shooting Joe LaGuardia, who attended high school with Feis at Stoneman Douglas, described him as "one of the greatest people I have ever known".
"We're out here to show support to all the victims of the shooting in Florida, and all the other victims of school shootings and to show people that something needs to change", said Big Sky student Walker Winterburm.
Classes are due to resume on Wednesday.
At least eight Osceola schools had students take part in the walkouts.
A former student Nikolas Cruz, 19, is accused of carrying out the attack with an AR-15-style assault weapon.
Numerous student survivors of the massacre have since advocated for tougher gun-control laws.
Trump voiced support for the idea during an emotional White House meeting with students who survived the shooting and a parent whose child did not.
In remarks to reporters on Friday, Trump criticized the armed sheriff's deputy assigned to the school.
Peterson, a uniformed deputy, never went inside the school building where the horror was unfolding, Israel revealed at a news conference. They were joined in their efforts by students across the country. "But he certainly did a poor job".
Gov. Rick Scott
Rochester School Department Superintendent Michael Hopkins and Spaulding Principal Justin Roy both said the added presence - approximately three or four officers - is a precautionary measure.
"Instead of students coming, they're just bringing in the staff to have time together, to talk and get emotionally ready", said Anna Fusco, Broward Teachers Union president, adding that teachers' return will be the first time since the shooting that everyone will be together.
Amid calls for lawmakers to step up in providing comprehensive gun legislation, the president has signaled he would be open to raising the age limit of those who can purchase a weapon like the one used in the Parkland shooting.
"I care more about this issue as a national issue and what can happen in the government more than, personally, what can happen to my grades", he said. "They say that they feel badly, but their actions don't show it", she argued. Photographers captured images of his handwritten note card with questions like "What would you most want me to know about your experience?" and "I hear you".
Deputies from a local sheriff's office in Florida are reportedly guarding the home of the resource officer who was stationed at the high school where the Parkland shooting occurred.
"The notion that my kids are going to school with teachers that are armed with a weapon is not something I'm comfortable with", Rubio said.
"I don't want to say I made peace, but I was ready to go", the officer said.
In the Florida state capital, Tallahassee, students demanded that lawmakers restrict sales of assault rifles. "They are on restrictive duty".
The second warning came when someone close to Cruz called the Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line to warn them that Cruz had expressed a desire to kill people and was a potential school shooter.