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Parkland School Shooting

The Feb. 14 shooting deaths of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by a gunman armed with an AR-15 reignited the gun control debate and sparked questions over law enforcement’s response prior to and during the massacre.

Police1 coverage of the Parkland school shooting spanned breaking news to recommendations for school resource officer training, an action plan for police collaboration with school administrators to improve school safety and key recommendations from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission’s after-action report.

While much attention is given to responding to attacks in progress, increased research provides hope for earlier intervention and prevention of school violence
To improve school safety against active shooters, we must work on prevention, disruption and response through a multitude of options
Best practices include placing officers on campus, controlling access points and adopting a layered approach to keep out weapons
Board members who opposed the creation of the police department cited prospective difficulty in recruiting officers and criticized the “lack of research” that went into the proposal
Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips said a jury should decide whether former Deputy Scot Peterson displayed a “wanton and willful disregard” for students’ safety when he didn’t confront the shooter during the attack
The school is scheduled to be demolished after the tour and shooting reenactment
Deputy Scot Peterson was acquitted of felony child neglect and other charges for failing to act during the 2018 Parkland school massacre
For taking cover instead of taking action, Scot Peterson has been charged with six counts of felony child neglect with great bodily harm
The dispatcher said even before the Parkland school shooting, it was known to dispatchers, deputies and admins that the county’s radio system often failed
Scot Peterson is the first law enforcement agent in U.S. history ever tried for an alleged failure to act during a school shooting
Prosecutors allege ex-Deputy Peterson, the school’s assigned deputy, knew the shooter was inside the building but chose not to confront him during the attack