Briella TomassettiApr 21, 2018, 8:18 pmApr 23, 2018, 9:25 am

First on FiOS1: Parkland school shooting victim's father focused on school safety

Andrew Pollack lost his daughter, Meadow, in the Feb. 14 shooting


BROOKVILLE — On Feb.14., every parent's worst nightmare came true for Andrew Pollack, when his daughter, Meadow, was shot and killed during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Meadow was one of the 17 victims that day, and ever since, Pollack has dedicated his life to school safety in his daughter's honor.

"I'm never going to be the same person I was before that day," Pollack told FiOS1 News.

A week after the tragedy, Pollack gained national recognition at a listening session at the White House where he delivered an emotional speech to President Donald Trump. He was also instrumental in gaining support for Florida's brand-new school safety legislation, which Governor Rick Scott signed into law in early March.

The legislation, known as the "Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act," includes:"

- Raising the age to buy all kinds of firearms to 21 and allowing judges to prohibit mentally ill people from possessing a gun
- Requiring mandatory active shooter training eery semester for students, faculty and staff
- Allowing trained school personnel to carry concealed weapons on campus

However, Pollack makes clear, the issue is not guns.

"If everyone's out there screaming 'guns, guns, guns,' they're taking away from the focus. What about the school?" Pollack said.

Instead, Pollack has outlined his approach to school safety in a eight-point plan.

1.) Secure a perimeter around every school
2.) Establish a single point of entry
3.) Protected the interior of the building with armed school resource officers
4.) Develop a volunteer neighborhood watch program
5.) Improve communications with parents
6.) Appoint a district school safety specialist
7.) Increase the availability of mental health services
8.) Establish a school safety hotline

The plan is part of Pollack's non-profit organization called "Americans for Children's Lives And School Safety" or "Americans for CLASS."

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