MSD STRONG, NEWS — April 8, 2019 at 4:30 am

MSDHS Safety Commission releases preliminary report with legislative recommendations

Max Schachter, the father of Alex Schachter, asks a question during the third day of meetings of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 in Sunrise, Florida. Photo courtesy of Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel/TNS

On Jan. 2, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Safety Commission released a preliminary report of the commission’s finding in their investigation into the Feb. 14, 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The commission was formed as part of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act passed by the Florida legislature and signed into law by former Gov. Rick Scott on March 9, 2018.

The 456-page report includes nine chapters of recommendations from the commission, which is intended to be used by the Florida state legislature to pass more laws in regards to school safety. The commission is comprised of 15 appointees, which include individuals from a variety of backgrounds, including law enforcement and parents of the victims.

Max Schachter, whose son Alex was one of the 17 people killed at MSD, is a commission member.

“I wanted to be on [the commission] because my little boy Alex was in the first classroom that was shot… he was basically the warning shot for all the other kids on the first and second floor,” Schachter said. “I did it because I wanted to understand what happened Feb. 14 and understand who is responsible and hold those contemplating individuals accountable. We’ve done a lot of good work.”

Below is just some of the recommendations made by the commission. The full report can be found at

The MSD Commission will continue to meet regularly and issue annual reports until July 1, 2023. The next meetings will occur this week on April 9-10 at the BB&T Center.

Graphic by Rebecca Schneid

This story was originally published in the April 2019 Eagle Eye print edition.

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Einav Cohen is a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school. She is the managing editor for the school newspaper, president of MSD's Rho Kappa Social Studies Honors Society and recording secretary of MSD's National Honors Society. Einav was born in Israel and moved to Parkland Florida as a child where she enjoys writing and learning about law.

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