Update on MSD High School Public Safety Commission Investigation and BCPS Internal Review of MSD Tragedy
August 1, 2018
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) remains focused on providing safe and secure schools for our students, staff and communities. We are committed to gathering information and learning from the events surrounding the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) tragedy, and to cooperating fully with the investigations by special commissions, government entities, and other agencies.
On July 23, 2018, the District decided to initiate a separate, internal review because we were unsure when the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission would be ready to move to the next phase of its investigation. We engaged a consultant to evaluate the processes and procedures that were in place at the time of the tragedy and the actions that occurred.
Late last week, the District was notified that the MSD Commission is ready to begin interviewing the school's administrators and staff about the events before, during, and after the tragedy. Unlike the District, the Commission has subpoena powers, which enable it to extend the scope of its investigation to entities beyond our organization, if necessary.
We recognize that the MSD staff is continuing to recover from this tragedy. To avoid asking them to participate in duplicate interviews and to streamline the process, the District has decided to suspend its internal review, and give priority to the MSD Commission's investigation. This decision will not impede or slow down our efforts to prioritize and implement security measures across all of our schools districtwide.
The MSD Commission has committed to sharing its findings and recommendations with the District, which we will use to improve campus security protocols and hold identified staff accountable for their actions. We look forward to the Commission's comprehensive report and a swift resolution.
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