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Congressman Steve Scalise Expresses Sympathy For Students Returning After School Shooting

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Congressman Steve Scalise is remembering the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, as they resume classes today, two weeks after 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz went on a shooting rampage, killing 17 people. Scalise says today will not be easy for students returning to a place where such a horrific tragedy occurred.


Scalise asks that we "keep the students in our prayers" as they go back to school. 


The House Majority Whip from suburban New Orleans says he supports the proposal for teachers to arm themselves. Broward County Sheriff’s deputy Scot Peterson resigned after not taking appropriate action during the shooting. Scalise says it upsets him that Peterson didn’t do his job.


Scalise says that he was "frustrated the most" by the sheriff's inability to fulfill his duties. 


Scalise is frustrated the FBI did not investigate Cruz after getting reports from others about his violent nature.  He says the FBI was aware Cruz wanted to become a professional school shooter.


Scalise says that difficult questions need to be asked in order to hold people accountable for their failure to act appropriately.