By Serena Tartaglia
When a gunmankilled 15 students and 3 faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14 last year, the shooting reignited a nationwide debate over guns on campus and school safety.
Former Governor Rick Scott signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act a few weeks later, which raises the minimum age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21, earmarks $69 million for mental health assistance in schools and allows teachers to be armed if local elected officials approve.
Florida law bans firearms on college campuses, but a bill under consideration in the Florida Senate would lift that ban for schools like FSW if it were signed into law.
More than a year after the Parkland shooting, the Compass asked FSW students if they felt Lee campus was safe:
Do you feel like FSW is a safe campus after Parkland?
“Yes. People are friendly, and there is always security around, and people around you can trust. We all have advisors we can talk to.” Hien To, business major
“I guess. We need more security at night, but I know we have cameras in this building, and I don’t anticipate coming to FSW and doing anything. We have a lot of mental health reach outs, like Dr. Chase’s Mental Health Matters, and the peer mentors who create an engaging and welcoming atmosphere for first year students.” Danielle Granderson, nursing major
“No. We have a lot of crazy people, and guys who come to pick up chicks. But I’m biased because I take classes online and this is where I always am, and where most students congregate.” Rhiannon Vanderlip, human resources major