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Linda Grimm

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State and Federal Officials Respond to Parkland Shooting : February 15 and 23, 2018
State and Federal Officials Respond to Parkland Shooting
Linda Grimm

The United States experienced another gun-related tragedy in February 2018 when Nikolas Cruz, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, opened fire on the school’s campus, killing seventeen people and injuring another fourteen. The shooting revived debate over legislative proposals to increase restrictions on gun purchases and ownership—a debate that last stagnated in 2017 following mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas—and prompted an examination of state and school officials’ handling of students with mental, emotional, and behavioral concerns. While the Parkland shooting bore many similarities to previous school shootings, it was unique ...

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