Florida Sheriffs Association Statement on Heinous Attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

February 15, 2018

We stand with the victims, families, and law enforcement from yesterday’s horrific attack at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We cannot comprehend the evil that put this attack in motion and our hearts are broken at the loss of the 17 souls who were taken from us too early during this premeditated act of violence. We will continue to support this beloved community. The Sheriffs of Florida offer our resources to all first responders who are diligently and respectfully working with those who were impacted, and who are investigating and bringing justice for these victims and their families.

Florida’s Sheriffs urge residents to use caution as you go about daily activities. Today is a somber reminder that citizens must be vigilant as it is so vitally important that we look out for one another. You are encouraged to report any suspicious activities and support public safety in the extreme challenges we face.

We thank President Trump, Governor Scott, and Attorney General Bondi for their sincere and speedy calls to offer federal and state resources. Our state and our nation mourn together—we will not allow evil to win. Even now, we are hearing of the heroic actions of students or teachers who shielded potential victims, kept groups of students safe, and walked into danger, regardless of the risk. It is this bravery that gives us hope for the future as we honor the loved ones we have lost.  

For official updates on this tragedy, monitor the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Twitter account @browardsheriff.

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Florida Sheriffs Association:
The Florida Sheriffs Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation made up of the Sheriffs of Florida, approximately 3,500 business leaders and 70,000 citizens throughout the state. Founded in 1893, FSA has steadfastly served the citizens of Florida by supporting the needs of the state's law enforcement community. Through the Florida Sheriffs Association, Sheriffs are given a forum to address lawmakers to push for positive changes in Florida’s public safety arena. FSA also provides Sheriffs' Offices much-needed programs such as affordable training, special task forces and legislative and legal services. Dedicated to the prevention of juvenile delinquency and the development of lawful, productive citizens, FSA has established and funded the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches with facilities throughout the state to help restore hope, fulfill dreams, and prepare boys and girls for the future. It has grown to be one of the largest and most successful state law enforcement associations in the nation.