Parkland families, U.S. Senators discuss school safety proposals on Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- The debate over how to prevent school shootings picks up on Capitol Hill this week. As some continue to advocate in Florida for more safety in schools, a group heads to Washington to see action at the federal level.

Families impacted by the recent mass shooting in Parkland are sharing their stories on Capitol Hill.

They and a bipartisan group of Senators gathered at a press conference Tuesday afternoon, saying they are optimistic some steps could be taken at the federal level to enhance school safety.

That includes more federal dollars put toward training, early intervention programs and more technology to boost safety in classrooms.

Florida Senators Marco Rubio (R) and Bill Nelson (D) offered their support for action like that following the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Ryan Petty lost his 14-year-old daughter, Alaina, just weeks ago. Tuesday, he stood with his son, Patrick, as they both called for a meaningful, bipartisan policy discussion.

“For our family, it’s the toughest thing that we’ve ever been through. It’s the toughest thing that we might ever have to deal with," said Patrick.

“I believe that if we all share information with each other and we all have the information, we’ll be able to stop things like this from ever happening.”

The Pettys are among those asking how suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz was able to carry out the massacre that killed 17 and injured dozens of others last month.

Questions about that case: how multiple calls to local law enforcement and the FBI seemed to slip through the system are expected to be taken up by the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday morning.

Senators on that panel slated to hear from Florida’s Senators, FBI and ATF officials, and grieving father, Ryan Petty.

That hearing is expected to begin on Capitol Hill Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

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