The 2018 Valentine’s Day massacre of 17 people as Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL shocked the nation. During a nationally televised town hall attended by 7,000 people, Senator Marco Rubio promised to “work with people that may not agree with us” so we can “make sure that one of these events never happens again in any community in this country.”
And that is exactly what he did.
Just five weeks after that tragic shooting, the president signed Marco’s bipartisan Student, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act into law.
Marco praised the Parkland students, saying they had “done more in five weeks on gun violence than has been done in 15 years.”
The new law, which Marco continues to secure funding for as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, directly addressed the lack of coordination between various government agencies, which allowed the killer to carry out his plans despite being identified by multiple levels of law enforcement, social services and the school system. It also strengthened security infrastructure and provided training, the new law makes federal grants available to develop and operate threat assessment and intervention teams.
Marco also helped usher through the passage of School Safety Clearinghouse and Mental Health Services for Students, which will lead to improved and expanded access to mental health services for students.
During that town hall, one Parkland student stood up to say “I would just like to thank you again for coming out and listening to us.” Marco continues to listen and will always fight for the safety of students.