SUNRISE, Fla. — The Latest on the commission investigating the Florida school massacre (all times local):
The sheriff leading Florida’s probe into the state’s high school massacre says the commission’s investigators have conducted more than 300 interviews.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission on Wednesday that interviewees have included Broward County sheriff’s officials, Coral Gables police, students and staff at the school and friends, family, neighbors and therapists of suspect Nikolas Cruz. Those interviews are being presented to the commission, which includes law enforcement, education and mental health officials, a legislator and two parents of victims.
Later Wednesday, members will discuss the role of campus police officers and changes to the state’s mental health laws.
Cruz is accused of killing 14 students and three staff members at Stoneman Douglas on Feb. 14. The commission will prepare a report by Jan. 1 on the shooting and what led up to it. It will make recommendations for the Legislature and next governor on changes to law enforcement, schools and the mental health system.
The Florida commission investigating February’s high school massacre will discuss the role of campus police officers and changes to the state’s mental health laws.
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission is scheduled to make recommendations Wednesday on how many school resource officers each campus should have based on enrollment and what the officers’ duties should be.
They also will make recommendations for changing the state law that governs the involuntary commitment of anyone who is mentally ill and potentially dangerous.
The commissioners will discuss the response of Deputy Scot Peterson, who was working at Stoneman Douglas when Nikolas Cruz allegedly killed 17 students and staff members. Video shows the deputy didn’t enter the building where the shooting occurred. Critics say he should have tried to shoot Cruz.