REPORT: Code Red Confusion By School Employees on Day of Mass Shooting
According to a report by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, employees at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were “tragically unprepared” to best protect students on the day of the mass shooting that killed 17 people and injured 17 others. The newspapers reports that the lack of preparation was due to “inadequate training and unclear procedures in the school district.”
The lack of a coherent, uniform policy is one of the major failures identified by a state commission investigating the Feb. 14 massacre.
The paper learned that district officials were unsure as to whether a “Code Red” meant an “active killer”. It does not.
In response to the Sentinel article, Haggard Law Firm Managing Partner Michael Haggard said, “when it comes to the safety of our children, failure is not an option. The details of this report are both infuriating and frightening and undoubtedly adds yet another painful scar to the families whose lives were turned upside down following the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas last February.”
The Haggard Law Firm represents two of the families that lost a loved one during the mass shooting, as well as a teacher that was injured.
Haggard Law Firm trial lawyer Christopher Marlowe says it is hard to comprehend how something as significant as how to respond to active shooter could still be in question after decades of school shootings similar to the tragedy that occurred in Parkland. “Columbine, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech and dozens of other school shootings before the Parkland massacre was notice enough to Broward County and all other school districts to assure flawless execution of ‘code-red’ procedures. Claiming a lack of foreseeability to these mass causality tragedies in schools has not been a valid excuse for two decades” said Marlowe
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