'Fix it': Father of slain Florida student makes emotional plea to Trump

22 February, 2018, 11:16 | Author: Sherman Richardson
  • Florida school shooting survivor Alfonso Calderon said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's suggestion of arming teachers and school staff with weapons to enhance school safety was a

"We need our children safe". Amid ongoing protests, walkouts and calls-to-action across the country, Andrew Pollack - father of Meadow Pollack, one of those killed in the events that unfolded on February 14 - pointedly said to Trump, "How many schools, how many children have to get shot?"

"We go the airport, I can't get on a plane with a bottle of water, but...some animal can walk into a school and shoot our children", Andrew Pollack said during a White House meeting attended by students, teachers and families affected by school shootings. It is just not right. All these school shootings, it doesn't make sense. "That's' the only thing that matters right now". "Everyone has to come together and not think about different laws".

Since 9/11, Homeland Security has beefed up safety measures for airports around the country, something that not lost on Mr. Pollack. He promised to be "very strong on background checks", adding that "we're going to do plenty of other things". Trump himself seemed to back the idea as a possibility, proposing that some teachers could be authorized to carry concealed firearms. "This shouldn't happen", he said, demanding that politicians and leaders work to immediately secure schools around the country before tackling the heated, polarizing gun-violence issue.

"It stops here with this administration and me", he said.

"It should have been one school shooting and we should have fixed it and I'm pissed".

"Let's get together, work with the president, and fix the schools", he added. Because I'm going to fix it.

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"I really believe if these cowards knew the school was well guarded. they wouldn't go to school to start with".

Number 5 says, "I hear you".

He said he will never see his daughter again. She's not here. She's not here. She's in North Lauderdale at ...

Meadow Pollack was one of 17 people killed when a gunman armed with an AR-15 assault rifle opened fire on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day.

As the debate over gun control fumes, Pollack stressed that school safety is the first priority. A top Republican has advocated measures to raise the age to buy assault rifles and to allow law enforcement to confiscate guns from people deemed to be risky. That is another fight, another battle. "Let's fix the schools, and then you guys can battle it out, whatever you want", he said. "But we need our children safe". Never ever will I see my kid. That's what I keep saying because I want it to sink in, not forget about this.

Monday, tomorrow, whatever day it is, kids go to school.

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