Washington, DC -- Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) joined a bipartisan group of members for a tour of the 1200 Building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, along with the families of the victims. Members of Congress, local leaders, and family members also held a roundtable afterwards to discuss school safety legislation.
"The tragic events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School five years ago claimed the lives of 17 sons and daughters. Remembering those students and that day is essential to ensure that our leaders, communities, and nation do everything possible to ensure that it never happens again," said Congressman Fitzpatrick. "I am grateful for and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the families of the victims who advocate tirelessly for school safety and security measures. Alongside the bipartisan Congressional School Safety and Security Caucus, I will continue to work across the aisle with any and all of my colleagues to pursue common-sense legislation that will protect our students, educators, and school communities."
“Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is a time capsule that is stuck in 2018 – inside the school there’s still blood, bullet holes, and backpacks students left behind as they ran for their lives," said Congressman Moskowitz. "It is my hope that these tours will shock the conscience and really demonstrate to my colleagues how much work we still must do to protect our kids and our schools.”
“The founding families of Stand With Parkland - The National Association of Families for Safe Schools would like to thank Congressman Fitzpatrick for his continued focus on keeping America’s students and teachers safe at school. Today he walked with us through the scene of the Parkland massacre, witnessing where the failures occurred and the horrible aftermath," said Tony Montalto, father of 14 year-old victim Gina, president of Stand with Parkland. "Additionally, Congressman Fitzpatrick was able to see for himself what additional changes need to be made to protect America’s future, our students and teachers. Brian has worked across the aisle and with our families since our very first trip to Washington to help extend the legacy of all those that were taken from their families that terrible February day.”