Parkland father Andrew Pollack pushes for change through 'Meadow's Movement'

Posted: 9:50 AM, Mar 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-12 13:50:21Z
Parkland father pushes for change after tragedy
Parkland father pushes for change after tragedy

A grieving Parkland father is still coping with the loss of his daughter after the high school shooting in Broward County but is moving forward to create change. 

When asked about his daughter, Andrew Pollack can't think of just one thing to share about Meadow.

"It's such a broad thing to talk about her because she was so incredible in so many different areas," said Andrew Pollack.

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Meadow was one of the 17 killed on Feb. 14 when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Since that day, he sees his daughter everyday.

"(I see) my daughter's picture in my head every second of the day. That's what's empowering me to move forward," said Pollack.

What started out as grief, turned to anger and frustration.

He wanted change.

"She was the love my life, like any parent loves their kid. That's why I want this to sink home. I'm like any other parent," said Pollack. "I'm not different than anyone. It could happen to anyone, and I don't want it to happen again, so I want to be the face of the father who had the last kid murdered."

Pollack said he's focus on school safety.

"A kid goes in the classroom, he should be safe. They shouldn't have to think someone stalking them in the school with a gun," said Pollack. "Metal detectors, bulletproof windows and doors. Securing the entrances, hiring security companies to check each school to make sure our kids are safe. That's what it's about right now."

He started "Meadow's Movement," focusing on improving school safety and preventing another tragedy from happening.

He's not stopping until something changes.

"Meadow's movement is sweeping the country about school safety it's not about other agendas it's about we want our kids safe first and then do what you want," said Pollack.

He supported Senate Bill 7026 -- the School Safety/Gun Legislation introduced in the wake of the Parkland shooting.

Pollack spoke at a press conference with Gov. Rick Scott discussing his action plan to improve school safety.

"We need to pass the bill," said Pollack.

The week of March 5 Pollack traveled to Tallahassee to push lawmakers to pass the legislation.

"I was on the floor working with the lawmakers, Democrats and Republicans."

The bill passed both the Senate and House, reaching the governor's desk.

"What does that say about our nation if we can't get this bill passed with 17 murders," said Pollack.

He stood next to Scott on March 9 as he signed the bill.

Now, Pollack looks toward other states to follow in Florida's lead.

"I felt accomplished that I did something that my daughters death is not in vain. We're going to work together in Florida to make it so it never happens again. I can't stop just in Florida. It's not enough," he said.

As for Meadow, Pollack is raising money for a playground in Coral Springs that will be built in her memory.

"I'll be able to go there and instead of sitting in a cemetery. I'm going to go and reminisce, and I'm going to go see all the kids playing at the playground," said Pollack.

On March 31, Pollack is hosting a "Ride for Meadow" to raise money. The ride will start at the West Palm Beach Harley Davidson and end at Pollack's house in Coral Springs.