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Stoneman Survivors, Rubio and Nelson, Push School Safety Act

"I wish that we had had the Stop Violence Act a month ago," father Ryan Petty said

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    Marco Rubio Discusses Gun Safety Measures on Senate Floor

    Marco Rubio discusses gun safety measures on the Senate floor on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

    (Published Thursday, March 1, 2018)

    What to Know

    • The act would offer grants to states to help schools improve security and train students, teachers and police to identify warning signs

    • The plan would also develop and operate school threat assessment and crisis intervention teams

    Student survivors of the Parkland school shooting joined a group of lawmakers including Florida senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson Tuesday to push for the passage of a bi-partisan school violence measure.

    Rubio and Nelson were joined by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Kyle Kashuv and Patrick Petty in the nation's capital to discuss the STOP School Violence Act.

    The act would offer grants to states to help schools improve security and train students, teachers and law enforcement to identify warning signs and intervene to stop school violence before it happens.

    "I truly believe if this act had been in place a month ago Parkland wouldn't have happened," Kashuv said.

    Surveillance Video Shows Moments During Parkland School Shooting

    [NATL-MI] Surveillance Video Shows Moments During Parkland School Shooting

    Surveillance footage shows then-school resource deputy Scot Peterson standing outside of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School building where gunman Nikolas Cruz opened fire on students and faculty inside, then running out of view, not to be seen again on other school cameras.

    (Published Thursday, March 15, 2018)

    The plan would also develop and operate school threat assessment and crisis intervention teams and facilitate coordination between schools and local law enforcement.

    "The notion that we should do everything we can to put in place systems to identify and to stop someone before they commit an act of violence, be it a mass shooting or taking their own lives, is something we can all agree on," Rubio said.

    Patrick Petty lost his 14-year-old sister, Alaina, in the shooting and is supporting the measure.

    "It gives us, the students, the teachers and the parents all an opportunity to sit down and talk with law enforcement and exchange information," he said.

    "I wish that we had had the Stop Violence Act a month ago," father Ryan Petty said. "The shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas was the worst kept secret in Parkland, the school officials knew, law enforcement knew, they didn't do anything about it. We need a change and the STOP School Violence Act will give us the change that we need to make sure this doesn't happen again."

    Rubio called the measure, which is supported by Republicans and Democrats, "a good first step" and said he's hoping to get a vote on it before the recess after the House votes on it this week.

    Parkland Shooting Victim's Aunt Pleads For Gun Reform

    [NATL-MI]Parkland Shooting Victim's Aunt Pleads For Gun Reform at Walkout

    The aunt of a Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting victim attended a walkout Wednesday at the Parkland, Florida, high school where her niece was killed on Feb. 14. "I beg viewers to stand up with these kids and fight with us to get this gun legislation in this country changed," Gina Fontana told NBC 6's Ari Odzer. 

    (Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018)

    "It's important that we get something done and get something done in a bipartisan way," Nelson said.

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