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Father Resigns From MSD Public Safety Commission as Two Days of Meetings Begins

What to Know

  • The 16 member commission includes members of law enforcement, , mental health experts and the parents of three students killed.
  • Members of the commission will discuss a variety of topics, including risk assessment, prevention and response and more.

The school safety commission created after the deadly mass shooting inside a Parkland high school are meeting in an effort to address several topics in order to prevent future tragedies.

The 16 member Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, which includes members of law enforcement, mental health experts and the parents of three students killed in the February 14th shooting, will meet for two days inside the BB&T Center in Sunrise.

One of those parents - Andrew Pollack, the father of senior Meadow - announced Thursday that he is resigning from the commission. In a statement, Pollack said he wants to focus more attention on helping get new members elected to the Broward School Board.

Scheduled until 5:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, the event is open to the general public. The commission was created as part of the many school safety laws enacted after the shooting.

Members of the commission will discuss a variety of topics, including risk assessment, prevention and response as well as aspects of mental health care in the state.

The commission's 15 members will report their findings to Gov. Rick Scott and make recommendations for preventing future shootings.

The meetings come after news that the school will be getting a new administrator for the upcoming school year – as current principal Ty Thompson will be joined by Teresa Hall, currently the leader of West Broward High, in that role. Both will spilt the duties with one running day-to-day operations and the other leading ongoing recovery efforts.

The Broward County School Board is expected to sign off on the move next week.

Officials have also announced that two security monitors at the school – Andrew Medina and David Taylor – will not be returning to the school in the wake of the shooting. Medina came under fire after video of an interview with detectives shortly after the incident where he said he saw suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz arrive on campus carrying a bag and walking toward a building.

The two men will be moved to another school in the county until further notice.

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