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Rep. Lois Frankel hosts gun safety town hall meeting in Delray Beach

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Delray Beach, March 12, 2018 | comments
Written by: Lulu Ortiz, WPEC

Ban assault weapons. Do not arm teachers.

 

These are the demands from local high school students at Monday night’s town hall meeting. Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21) hosted the gun safety meeting at Old School Square, where students, teachers and community members talked about the pros and cons of the school safety gun law just signed by Gov. Rick Scott.

“The bill that was signed into law was a good first step, but entirely we're not impressed with what we’re seeing,” said Cameron Kasky, a Stoneman Douglas High School survivor.

The 17-year-old is one of the founders of the #NeverAgain movement. 

“I spoke to all of my teachers, and not a single one of them wants to pack heat," Kasky said. "Every single one of them said that if one of them in their building was armed, they would be out of there."

Mental health services was another concern brought to the microphone as the law does not break down exactly how much funds each school will get for programs. Frankel said she hopes these children continue to fight for change because they are leading the way.

“There’s a lot more work to do, and my message to these young people is to keep your enthusiasm, your persistence, and they can make it happen,” she said.

There is a brand new app available to keep our children safe in Palm Beach County called ‘Student Protect.’ It allows students teachers and parents to report threats or suspicious activity directly to law enforcement with the tip of a finger.

“What it’s going to do is when you see something and say something, and report it, the agencies will all get all the information at the same time, and can be followed up,”said Karen Brill, a Palm Beach County School Board member.

Many of these local students say they will continue to press lawmakers to pass stricter gun control laws by participating in a walkout this Wednesday, which marks exactly one month since the shooting in Parkland.

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