BRADENTON, Fla. — The one-year anniversary of the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas is this week.
- Manatee Schools discusses school safety Monday
- 17 people killed; Parkland shooting happened Feb. 14, 2018
- Manatee schools among 1st in state to put in armed security guards
Since then, more than a dozen states have tightened their gun laws and have passed legislation aimed at improving school safety.
In Florida, former Gov. Rick Scott signed the school safety and gun control bill into law in March of 2018. The measure approved a three-day waiting period for the purchase of all firearms and raising the age to buy a gun from 18 to 21.
Fast forward to today.
Manatee County schools, along with law enforcement and local leaders are holding a special school security event. Manatee schools were among the first schools to put armed security in every single school.
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After the shooting, there were a lot of changes made at schools across the country, all trying to keep kids safe at school.
On Monday, Manatee County Schools officials say they will address exactly how school security has changed with its schools during the last year.
Manatee County Sheriff Charles Wells will speak at a news conference today, along with police chiefs from smaller Manatee County cities.
The district's armed security guards were sworn in last fall. The guards are posted at every school following the state's requirement from the Scott legislation.
The new law also requires access to mental health care for every student.
According to Spectrum Bay News 9's partner newspaper the Bradenton Herald, Manatee County, which received more than $5.5 million for security upgrades, is in compliance with the state's requirements.
However, law enforcement investigated 56 threats to Manatee schools since the Parkland shooting last year.