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Florida governor signs gun safety law after Parkland school shooting

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Deanna Wagner | 10 March, 2018, 02:37

Two Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students hid alone in a classroom, petrified as the sound of gunfire overtook the 1200 Building, according to a recording of a 911 call made during the February 14 mass shooting at the Parkland school.

Scott received the bill Thursday following days of impassioned, often contentious debate in the majority-Republican House and Senate.

But it marked, for a Republican governor, a rare break with the National Rifle Association.

Florida would join at least six other states - Georgia, Kansas, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming - with laws allowing school employees to carry firearms at kindergarten-12 public schools, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Gov. Rick Scott will meet Friday with the families of victims of last month's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, raising expectations that he will sign into law a sweeping school-safety measure that sparked veto requests from critics on both ends of the gun-control spectrum.

"Analysis of the audio tapes indicates that there was not a lot of accurate information, it was a rapidly evolving scene and the sounds of gunfire were hard to pinpoint", Broward Sheriff Colonel Jack Dale said in a statement.

"It's all about early prevention and educating the public and the students and creating the proper technology to report, and it's all about prevention", Kashuv said. "I believe teachers should teach".

Florida's teachers union asked Scott to veto $67 million set aside for the guardian program. Florida now applies a three-day wait only to handgun sales. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), would offer federal grants for training law enforcement and school staff in how to spot warning signs of school violence and then intervene.

Beyond technology, funds would pay for crisis intervention teams and programs to promote better cooperation between schools and local law enforcement agencies.

Caller: "She says she's behind the desk right now but the shots were close".

"Someone is shooting up Marjory Stoneman Douglas" he whispers.

Scott, surrounded by families of the victims, recounted the grief visited on his state in the aftermath of the Valentine's Day carnage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland and, in 2016, the shootings at Pulse nightclub in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale Airport.

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"During the past week, principals were asked to work with student leaders to identify safe alternatives to walking out of school on March 14", read the letter. Ms Fusco said she expects Mr Scott to sign the bill.

Should students be punished for leaving in the middle class or should teachers use the walk-out, planned for next Wednesday, as a teachable moment in the classroom?

"My precious daughter Meadow's life was taken, and there's nothing I can do to change that", he said. "They feel very badly for everybody".

During a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Trump said the White House was working on a plan to ban bump stocks and that efforts to enhance background checks were "moving along well" in Congress.

But parents said enough is enough. But make no mistake: I'm a father, and I'm on a mission.

A Florida grand jury formally indicted Nikolas Cruz, the alleged shooter, on 17 counts of first degree premeditated murder and 17 counts of first degree attempted murder.

He is also charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder.

"I'm sorry", the 911 operator said. The prosecutors' office has not announced whether it will pursue Cruz's execution.

Mother: "Three shot in her room, she said".

She later explained that when she heard the news of the shooting she was shocked.

That man acted as the liaison between the hiding student and the dispatcher.