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Florida shooting victim’s family honored in kindness month

March 8, 2018

Ryan Petty looks away during a press conference to discuss H.C.R. 22, which designates April as a month of kindness for the state of Utah and honors the lives of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Petty's 14-year-old daughter Alaina died in the Feb. 14 shooting that claimed 17 lives. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The family of a teenage girl killed in a massacre at her Florida high school says Utah lawmakers’ move to designate a month of kindness will help keep survivors’ vow that the shooting in Parkland will be different.

Ryan Petty said Thursday that avoiding political battles in favor of areas of agreement is the way to prevent future violence. He also lauded the SafeUT app, an anonymous-reporting system that’s brought in 86 tips about school violence since late 2016.

Petty’s 14-year-old daughter Alaina died in the Feb. 14 shooting that claimed 17 lives.

The family is Mormon and has roots in Utah, giving them deep ties to the state where lawmakers recognized them as they passed a resolution designating April as a month of kindness. It also lets students report acts of kindness through the SafeUT app.

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