Diaz-Balart, Deutch, Parkland Parents Commend Creation of National School Safety Clearinghouse
WASHINGTON, D.C-- Since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14, 2018, the families of the victims have turned their loss into action. For two years, many Parkland families have promoted the creation of a nationwide clearinghouse for schools to share best practices and prevent any future school shootings. Recently, the Administration launched the website SchoolSafety.Gov.
Below are statements from Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Max Schachter (Safe Schools for Alex), and Tony Montalto (Stand with Parkland: The National Association of Families for Safe Schools).
Congressman Diaz-Balart: “Today, I joined the President and Parkland families at the White House to announce the launch of schoolsafety.gov, a website designed to assist the public with school safety and security best practices. The creation of a federal clearinghouse for school safety has been a top priority for the Administration and the Parkland families, and I have been working with my colleagues to codify this effort in statute with the Luke and Alex School Safety Act. It is imperative that our communities have access to this vital information, and I look forward to continuing to work with the Administration to ensure the safety of our children and our schools.”
Congressman Deutch: “I cannot say enough about the strength of the Parkland survivors. After surviving unimaginable loss, the parents have concentrated their energy into preventing other families from facing the same horrible feeling of never seeing their child return home from school. Their leadership and commitment to school safety was instrumental in leading the White House to launch SchoolSafety.gov. This new clearinghouse can help our schools protect our children and save lives.”
Max Schachter: “The Federal School Safety Clearinghouse is the most significant step the federal government has taken to educate schools on best practices in order to reduce violence and make all schools safe in America. I cannot thank my good friends Congressman Diaz-Balart and Congressman Deutch enough for their leadership and everything they have done since the Parkland tragedy to protect our students and prevent these tragedies from ever happening again."
Tony Montalto: "Today a major school safety initiative was released by the administration. We are proud to have been part of the team that helped to create the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse and the SchoolSafety.gov website. This coordinated effort by the Departments of Education, Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services will provide a valuable one-stop-shop to anyone charged with keeping America’s schools safe. Millions of students and staff members will benefit from today’s announcement."
In November, Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25), Ted Deutch (D-FL-22), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL-7), and John Rutherford (R-FL-4) introduced the Luke and Alex School Safety Act to create a federal clearinghouse that categorizes, assesses, and shares best practices for school safety measures and identifies the resources necessary to implement them.