Grieving Parkland parents stand in solidarity with Santa Fe community

by Luli Ortiz

The parents of the slain Parkland students stood in solidarity for those in Santa Fe, Texas and made their promise to continue their fight for change in our nation.

They came together to release a statement of unity and condolence at Parkland City Hall, Friday evening.

Eight parents of the shooting victims gathered behind Tony Montalto, the father of the murdered 14-year-old Gina Montalto, when he delivered their statement for those hurting in Texas.

“All Americans must come together and unite to put an end to these preventable tragedies,” Montalto said. “Our elected officials need to enact laws and provide mandatory Federal guidelines for school safety.”

The statement asked for the media to refrain from using the Texas shooter’s name to prevent “him from gaining the notoriety many of his kind desire.”

Friday’s massacre hits home for Lori Alhadeff, the mother of Alyssa Alhadeff.

“The pain and anguish that I had to go through every day is unbearable,” she said.

Alhadeff and Ryan Petty announced their plan to run for the county school board this year to try to make schools safe.

“We are going to hold people accountable for what their actions. And what they are doing and not doing,” Alhadeff said.

The father of Alex Schachter has launched a task force through the teen’s foundation, which is working to strengthen security measures in schools.

“We don’t have a national strategy to protect children from getting slaughtered in schools. It’s unacceptable,” Max Schachter said.

It’s been a rough day for April and Philip Schentrup. It would have been 16-year-old Carmen Schentrup’s last day of class at Stoneman Douglas. Instead of celebrating, her surviving classmates were left feeling the familiar sting of sadness yet again.

“What have they done,?” asked Philip Schentrup, calling out politicians.

After losing his daughter Jaime, Fred Guttenberg has been outspoken about finding solutions to gun violence plaguing our schools. He said nothing is being done on a national level. These families are calling on lawmakers to act now.

“Enough is enough. Too many families have lost loved ones,” Guttenberg said.

“We mourn and pray for those lost or injured and hope their community will rally to support them as ours has,” Montalto said on behalf of the family.

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