Local teacher reflects on one year anniversary of Parkland shooting

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Even though today is Valentine’s Day, a day supposed to be filled with love, it also marks the one year anniversary of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

This school shooting, among others, has sparked outcry from those across the country fighting for stricter gun laws.

One Lansing teacher says there are two bills in the works in Washington that he fully supports.

“Since 2013, we’ve had 400 school shootings nationwide,” said Alfonso Salais, a teacher at Lansing Eastern High School.

On the one year anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida that left 17 people dead, Salais says a couple bills are being debated in Congress right now: House Bill 8 and Senate Bill 42, aimed at requiring background checks for anyone who wants to buy a firearm.

“It’s an overwhelmingly supported house bill, it is a bi-partisan bill,” said Salais.

 

Salais says bills like these are necessary to keep people safe.

“In our school systems, we need professional development to help identify factors that are important for the safety for our students,” said Salais.


He says past school shootings, like the one in Parkland, have definitely changed people’s attitudes during school hours.

“There are many more students on alert, there are many more staff members on alert,” said Salais.


In light of the tragedies caused by gun violence, Salais says it’s pushing  people to be passionate about stricter gun laws.  

“More and more students are becoming activists in their community, more parents are becoming activists in their community, as long as we’re having the discussion about what can we do to end this senseless gun violence, I think that’s important for our kids nationwide,” said Salais.

 

Salais also mentioned that there are emergency plans in place in the Lansing School District and school officials are ready to execute them if anything bad does happen.

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