SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on news related to the killing of 17 people at a school in Parkland, Florida (all times local):
A task force has released a report with 100 recommendations for keeping kids safe in the wake of the Florida school shooting that killed 17.
The Broward County task force released the report Monday but noted it will be difficult to fund the measures, which include hiring additional school counselors, therapists and school police officers and hardening schools with metal detectors and window coverings.
The task force also recommends random searches at schools, raising the heights of fences around schools, keeping classroom doors locked at all times and installing cameras to monitor every inch of school grounds.
The task force says schools should evaluate whether student discipline measures are being enforced consistently and re-examine a diversion program designed to keep students out of the school-to-prison pipeline. Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the Parkland shooting, had been referred to the program in middle school but did not complete it.
The segment will air Tuesday morning. NBC says in a news release that anchor Savannah Guthrie asked Scot Peterson if he would acknowledge that “he missed it” by standing outside the building as a gunman fired an AR-15 assault-style rifle into classrooms. Peterson tells Guthrie he “lives with that.”
Peterson retired from the Broward Sheriff’s Office after surveillance video showed him outside the building where the shooting occurred. He never confronted the shooter.
During the interview, Peterson calls the students “my kids” and says that knowing what he now knows, he would have “been in that building in a heartbeat.”
“Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon was the surprise commencement speaker at the Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people in February.
Fallon joked about his own less-than-stellar high school performance — he said it took having to go to summer school to find his people. And then he told the students they’re already proving how setbacks can “change us in ways we don’t expect, and make us better, and stronger.”
Fallon said he wanted to personally thank the students for taking “something awful and using it to make a change.”
Fallon praised the students for “choosing hope over fear.”
Graduate Shannon Recor said afterward that Fallon “made us laugh and cry” and “brought a positive energy” to their community.
A day after graduating from high school, a group of Florida school shooting survivors has announced a multistate bus tour to “get young people educated, registered and motivated to vote.”
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, are set to kick off March For Our Lives: Road to Change at 10 a.m. Monday. A gunman killed 17 students and faculty at the school on Feb. 14.
A news release sent Monday says the tour will begin June 15 in Chicago, where the Florida students will join the Peace March, led by students from St. Sabina Academy. So far, about 50 stops in more than 20 states have been planned.
The news release says a separate Florida tour will make more than 25 stops, visiting every congressional district.
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