PARKLAND, FL – Today, Stand with Parkland, the National Association of Families for Safe Schools, announced its support for Stephanie Murphy, candidate for Florida's U.S. House of Representatives District 7. The advocacy organization was founded by all 17 families of the victims of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and is dedicated to making schools safe for students and teachers across the country. Following is an official statement by Stand with Parkland President Tony Montalto.

"Violence in our schools affects everyone. It is an American epidemic, and it is time that we all come together to do something about it. This is why we are committed to supporting policymakers, regardless of their political affiliation, who are dedicated to making our schools safer.

"We are proud to endorse Stephanie Murphy because we believe she is willing to do the hard work and make the difficult decisions necessary to implement public safety reforms that will improve the safety of our children and staff at schools, improve mental health support and promote responsible firearms ownership.

"As the families of the victims in Parkland, we look forward to working together with Stephanie Murphy and other elected officials on the state and federal levels to prevent tragedies like ours from happening in the future.”

Stand with Parkland is a national organization representing American families. We are committed to advocating for practical public safety reforms focused on the safety of our children and staff at school, improved mental health support, and responsible firearms ownership. Personal responsibility and a desire for change are paramount to this effort, and it is the people involved at all levels that will make these goals a reality. Violence in our schools affects everyone. It is an American epidemic, and it is time that we all come together to do something about it.

Stand with Parkland’s families are committed to safe schools for our nation’s students and staff members and to achieving concrete results at the federal, state, and local level. More information is available at www.standwithparkland.org.