SOUTH OF THE 10 - In the wake of the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, California Senator Steve Bradford urged passage of a bill that removes the requirement of schools to notify law enforcement when students make threats against the school.
Bradford is seeking to create a “safer” school environment with SB 1273 by citing the removal of school police from Los Angeles Unified School District.
Bradford has no children of his own.
Sen. Sydney Kamlager-Dove supported the bill despite being a step-mother.
“It is one thing to be disruptive in your class not intending to use anything that you may have in your locker, on your person, in your bookbag,” said Kamlager. “It is another thing to have a weapon that you intend to use.”
Sen. Melissa Melendez voiced her opposition to the bill citing a mass shooting in Florida after a student was expelled.
“I will remind you that in 2018 of the Stoneman Douglas shooting where 17 people were killed by their fellow student Nicholas Cruz who had behavioral issues since middle school,” said Melendez. “He was transferred six times to address the issues.”
On February 14, 2018, an expelled student entered Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and opened fire, killing 17 people and wounding 17 others, in what became at the time the deadliest shooting at a high school in United States history.
Dressed in a maroon shirt adorned with the school logo, Nikolas Cruz exited his Uber outside the campus at 2:19 p.m. He approached the school wearing a backpack filled with magazines and carrying a black duffel packed with his legally purchased AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.
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SB 1273 passed 21-12.
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