Parkland school shooting: Commissioners planning independent investigation

Posted at 12:12 AM, Feb 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-28 04:03:29-05

Broward County commissioners are taking their own steps to try to prevent what happened at Stoneman Douglas High School from happening again.

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“Was a county commission, we’re agnostic on this," Commissioner Michael Udine said. "If somebody dropped the ball, we need to know who it was and we need to more importantly fix it so it doesn’t happen in the future.”

Commissioners agreed on the need for the state to institute what they call "common sense gun control."

They’d also like the state to pay for the demolition of the freshman building at Douglas as well as funding the construction of more classrooms and a memorial.

“We need to make sure that money comes down from the state," Udine said. "First of all, they’re going to need another building for the students to go. The kids aren’t going anywhere. And it needs to be done sooner rather than later.”

The county commission plans to start a task force of local agencies to address the shooting.

“If there’s an agency that doesn’t want to cooperate with this, that says a whole awful lot in my mind," Udine said.

“I think we as a commission need to know what failed so we can take action," Broward County Commission Vice Mayor Mark Bogen said.

They plan to bring in an outside source to objectively investigate what happened.

“I’m not trying to do this as a blame game. That’s not really where I’m going with this. Everyone else will be trying to do that," said Beam Furr, Broward County Commission Mayor. "Ours needs to be the proactive aspect of this. How do we go from here to make sure this doesn’t happen again?"

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