WASHINGTON (AP) — The father of a 14-year-old boy killed in the Parkland shooting is calling for national standards for school safety, including measures to “harden” schools with bulletproof glass and technology that allows teachers and other officials to communicate during a crisis.
Max Schachter lost his son Alex in the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. He says he’s not asking that “every school fence be 10 feet high.” But he says practical steps can be taken to make schools safer.
Schachter and other parents of children killed in school shootings spoke Wednesday at a forum in Washington along with law enforcement officials, educators and others. The forum was led by Florida’s two U.S. senators.
Schachter notes that airports and other public buildings must already meet national standards.