CORAL SPRINGS, FL – On the day a new school safety law passed in honor of a victim of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy, a Florida state flag blew in the wind over the Capitol building in Tallahassee.
This week, that same flag was brought to the home of Lori Alhadeff, a Broward School board member who fought for the new Alyssa’s Law (named after her daughter) to require silent panic alarms in every public school building in Florida to alert police and rescuers to emergencies.
To Alhadeff’s surprise, the law’s key legislative sponsors, Florida Reps. Michael Gottlieb and Dan Daley, showed up at her doorstep to present the flag as a gesture of the work Alhadeff and her husband, Ilan, did in pushing for the law’s passage.
“The fact that they went out of their way to present Ilan and me with the flag that flew the day Alyssa’s Law was signed in Tallahassee means the world to us,” Lori Alhadeff said.
In June, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the law to make it easier for students, teachers, and others to use panic button technology to alert the authorities and cut down on response times.
Alyssa’s Law was passed in response to the shootings at MSD in 2018 that left 17 students and staff members dead and 17 others injured. Delayed police response was partially blamed for the high death toll.
On Wednesday, Gottlieb, Daley and others captured the moment on Facebook Live when Lori Alhadeff answered the door and accepted the flag at her home in Parkland.
The surprise visit was “heartwarming,” Alhadeff said.
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