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TUSD hosts school safety forum

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TUCSON -- Concerned parents and students showed up at Cholla high for a school safety forum put on by the Tucson Unified School District Wednesday night. 

School officials called the forum in response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14 that left 17 students and teachers dead. 

Tucsonan Josie Wilson has a 5-year-old in elementary school...

"The school shooting we've seen are so concerning to me," Wilson said. "It's something I think about every time I drop my daughter off. My daughter is the same age as a lot of the kids who were killed in Newtown. We shouldn't have parents and students being in fear of these kinds of mass shootings." 

District leaders outlined the policies and steps it schools take to keep students safe. 

TUSD has eight school resource officers from the Tucson Police Department stationed mainly at select high schools.
 
Security officers say lockdown drills are practiced on every campus. 

"We really need to get serious about funding schools from a security perspective," Cholla High Assistant Principal Tariq Rasool said.. 

Rasool has been a Tucson educator for 36 years. 

"You can look at the shortfall with our law enforcement because that's the backbone of our security in our community."

"I don't want my child to to be doing an active shooter drill," Wilson, a member of Moms Demand Action said. "Unfortunately, we're in a country where that's required and I don't think that should be the case. It's time for congress, time for our state lawmakers to step up and do something." 

There's a second school safety forum scheduled for March 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Saguaro High School. 

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