Parkland Parents Who Lost Kids Appointed To Commission Looking Into Mass School Shooting

Mar 20, 2018

Florida’s new gun safety law includes the creation of a commission tasked with investigating the failings that led up to last month’s mass school shooting in Parkland. Governor Rick Scott and Florida legislative leaders made their appointments Tuesday.

Florida Governor Rick Scott (center) stands with Andrew Pollack (left) who lost his daugther Meadow Pollack, 18, and Ryan Petty (right) who lost his daughter Alaina Petty,14, during the mass school shooting in Parkland, as they attend a press conference at Miami-Dade police headquarters on February 27, 2018 in Doral, Florida. Both Pollack and Petty are now on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission.
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The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission is made up of 15 people.

Governor Rick Scott’s appointees include a Sheriff, a school superintendent, and a police chief.

Scott also appointed Ryan Petty and Andrew Pollack to the commission. Both their daughters were two of the 17 people killed in the South Florida high school, and the fathers played a big role in getting the gun safety bill passed.

Like Scott, House Speaker Richard Corcoran also appointed a parent who lost a son in the shooting. His name is Max Schachter. Scott's other appointees include two sheriffs, a police chief, and an assistant state attorney.

And, Senate President Joe Negron’s appointees include a school board member, a law enforcement officer, a retired school resource officer, and a mental health clinician.

Sen. Lauren Book (D-Plantation), a former classroom teacher, was also appointed. She helped organize bringing the Parkland students to Tallahassee to talk to lawmakers about gun control.

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