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Senator Simpson, District 10 — Press Release


February 15, 2018

CONTACT: Rachel Perrin Rogers, 850.228.8505

Statement from Majority Leader Wilton Simpson

Tallahassee, Fla. —

"On a day meant to celebrate love, 17 promising futures came to an end in Parkland yesterday.  As I watched the events unfold and the stories told of terror and heroism today, I want to echo the sentiment of condolences followed by the need for immediate action."

"As elected leaders, we have no greater responsibility than protecting our children. Our schools should be shrines to learning and possibility where our students feel safe and secure.  We are working today to immediately identify and direct funding to hardening our schools and provide for armed resource officers on every campus for safety and prevention. We must  stand together and support the allocation of $100 million for mental health screening, counseling and training."

"In the days and weeks to come, the Florida Senate will work to ensure our students and teachers are safe. Increased security for both safety and prevention, hardening our schools, mental health resources, active shooter training and improving how we communicate with our students - everything must be a part of the discussion as we work to secure Florida’s schools."