Every morning, I watch my kids enter the school yard. When they do, I feel a sense of safety and security because I know they are in the care of adults I trust to teach and care for them.
I can’t begin to imagine what the families and friends of those lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland are going through.
Crimes like these are always painful, and we’ve seen way too many in recent years. The violence is especially concerning when it affects our children. And it’s even more troubling when it occurs in places that are supposed to be safe havens for every child, teacher and administrator in our schools.
I recently joined Governor Rick Scott, Sheriff Mike Williams, Duval County Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Patricia Willis, and law enforcement leaders from surrounding counties in support of the Governor’s efforts to improve safety in Florida schools. I applaud the Governor for taking the lead with proposed solutions that are setting the example for our nation.
Learn more about the Governor’s school safety & gun violence proposals
Since my election two and a half years ago, I’ve made public safety a top priority of my administration. That has not changed. I remain committed, now more than ever, to ensuring that the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has the resources they need to keep our children and our schools safe. And I will continue to support opportunities for dialogue and conversations about efforts, practices and policies that can reduce violence in our community and country.