BOW, NH- New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management hosted a lead investigator from the Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School shooting. He gave a presentation to law enforcement officials, emergency responders, and to anyone that’s involved in school safety on Thursday.
If you see something say something,” is the number one thing Sergeant John Suess advises.”
“There were four instances specifically that law enforcement was notified about, regarding Nick Cruz being a threat, but didn’t act on it. There were multiple instances that school staff was also made aware but they didn’t act on it either,” said Suess
Sergeant John Suess of Pinellas county Florida is the lead investigator of the Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School Public Safety Commission.
He says the committee was formed after the shooting to figure out potential warning signs of the tragic event.
The goal of the committee is to identify system-wide failures.
“There are privacy laws that prevented people from sharing information with certain agencies. There was an inadequate law enforcement response to the shooting. The school had the opportunity. There were many red flags,” said Suess.
Suess hopes by giving presentations on his findings, he can teach others to be better prepared.
“It is absolutely incumbent on us who have been through this, one way or another, to learn from
New Hampshire was happy to learn.
“We want to make sure that New Hampshire has the tools in the tool box if something were to happen that they’d be able to respond in a timely and efficient way,” said Jennifer Harper, Director of New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
Suess says regardless where we are in the United States, it can happen anywhere and we have to be ready.”
“There’s really three things we need to focus on. When is it going to happen….where is it going to happen and what have we done to mitigate harm,” said Suess.