School Safety Action Task Force
Mission Statement: Our goal is to connect the business community with all the organizations that are working to make schools safe & fostering the long term healing of our communities.
About the School Safety Action Committee
The horrific tragedy that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has directly impacted our tight-knit community in a way that none of us could have ever imagined. The wounds are deep and it will be an extremely long, difficult process to heal. The Coral Springs Regional Chamber mourns for the victims, families and students that are forever impacted. Many of us had children in the school that day or know someone that did. This committee is designed to align school safety backed by action with key decision makers for the students in our community.
The Chamber's mission is to be the catalyst for economic prosperity throughout Northwest Broward. The Florida Chamber of Commerce has identified six pillars for economic development; quality of life and education are the two bookends of those pillars. Thus, we feel that as business leaders in our community, we need to ensure that our businesses feel that their families are safe. This is not a partisan issue, this is a human issue. We need to secure our children, employees and our brand as a state. We can all agree that there is no easy or single solution to this multifaceted issue, but we do need a comprehensive strategy to affect meaningful change.
In response to the tragic events on February 14, 2018, we operate in support the reformation of the following:
- Legislation to increase the minimum age limit to purchase firearms to 21 years of age.
- In depth background checks on those wishing to purchase firearms that would include efficient and direct communication to and from a central agency.
- Implement an improved system with a central agency where citizens' concerns and critical information would be accessible to all relevant law enforcement and health care agencies.
- Establishing a statewide, anonymous "See Something, Say Something" hotline, website, and mobile app for K-12 schools.
- Increased full time, permanent, on campus, armed law enforcement officials protecting our children while they are attending school.
- Enhanced security of school campuses that includes limited campus access including a single point of entry and up to date technology to assist security officials in their efforts to identify safety threats.
- Criminal penalties for people who make threats to schools, including those made on social media.
- Legislation that prohibits the sale of assault rifles as well as a definitive ban on bump stock and similar mechanisms that allow semi-automatic weapons to perform as automatic weapons.
Wednesday, December 12 2018
8:30am - 9:30am
Chamber Office (Sun Room)
9500 West Sample Road.