Mom Of Native NJ Teen Killed In Parkland Shooting Pushes For Change

February 16, 2019 - 12:08 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – This week marked the first anniversary of the murders of 17 people at a Parkland, Florida, high school. One of the victims is a former Bergen County resident, and her mother is pushing to make school's safer in the wake of the tragedy.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell spoke with Lori Alhadeff, the mother of Alyssa Alhadeff, a New Jersey native who was killed in the shooting.

Alhadeff doesn’t understand the lack of urgency – despite a litany of school shootings, there’s been no concerted effort to make schools safer.

“We hardened our airports after 9/11, but we have school shooting after school shooting after school shooting, and our schools are still soft targets,” she said.

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Alhadeff wants to change that. After her 14-year-old daughter was murdered in Parkland, she started a nonprofit. Make Our Schools Safe focuses on simple fixes like bulletproof glass and other things.

“Our doors to our schools need to be locked. Our classroom doors need to be locked at all times,” she said.

Alyssa’s Law was recently signed in New Jersey. It requires panic buttons in schools.

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