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Largo High group to host active shooter preparedness event

The Parent Teacher Student Association at Largo High will hold an active shooter preparedness event for students 14 years and older, teachers, staff, family and community members at 6:30 p.m.
The Parent Teacher Student Association at Largo High will hold an active shooter preparedness event for students 14 years and older, teachers, staff, family and community members at 6:30 p.m.
Published Feb. 20, 2018|Updated Feb. 20, 2018

The event was planned two months before a former student opened fire on a Broward County high school, killing 17 and injuring more.

The Parent Teacher Student Association at Largo High will hold its first active shooter preparedness event today at 6:30 p.m., said the group's president, Michelle Alfred.

"When we planned it, it was simply because we felt it would empower and educate members of our community," she said. "We knew it was relevant, we just didn't realize how relevant it would become."

Days after Wednesday's massacre, Alfred considered canceling the event until she received a barrage of texts, emails and phone calls from members of other schools asking if they could attend. Students older than 14, parents, staff and members of the community are welcome.

Following PTA business and a state of the school address, the Largo Police Department will begin their presentation at Largo High. The training aims to mentally and physically prepare the public in the event of an active shooter.

A Largo High student will be at the event collecting donations for the PTSA of Stoneman Douglas High.

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