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Parkland victim's father in Utah to support 'Month of Kindness'

Ryan Petty lost his daughter Alaina in the Parkland, Florida school shooting (Photo:KUTV)

(KUTV) - The father of a Parkland shooting victim was in Utah supporting a resolution that quickly moved through the legislature.

This bill designates April as the “Month of Kindness” to honor Alaina Petty one of the victims of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida as well as the 16 others who lost their lives on February 14th.

Ryan Petty is Alaina's father, “I didn't have a chance to say goodbye to her or tell her I love her. It's been a tough almost three weeks,” he said.

He's hoping to turn that one horrific act into hopefully thousands or hundreds of thousands of acts of kindness. “Knowing that she's inspiring and the other victims are inspiring acts of kindness around the state and hopefully around the country helps, helps with that,” he said.

Petty makes his way to different states when he hears of different legislation aimed to help with violence at schools, “Let’s make change on the things that we can all agree,” he said.

He made his way to Utah Thursday.

The House and Senate, in a unanimous vote, passed H.C.R.22 dedicating April as the "Month of Kindness."

Rep. Paul Ray was a sponsor “There's a lot of work to be done on school violence and it starts with the mental health with individuals of our students, the bullying, and underlying issues,” he said. “That's one of the first things that we are trying to tackle here in Utah.”

“I just wanted to talk about how grateful I am that the people of Utah and their legislators decided to do something honor my sister and all of the people that passed away at Douglas,” Meghan Petty, Alaina’s sister said while very emotional at the podium, “I think it's really great that you guys as a state and hopefully all the other states will follow suit and just try to bless each other just will small things but it has a really big impact,” she said.

Mr. Petty said he will continue his daughter's mission state by state, “She will continue to inspire acts of kindness and service, that was what she was all about,” he said.

The resolution also challenged other states to pick a remaining month in 2018 to dedicate to kindness. Lawmakers in both houses gave the Petty family a standing ovation after passing.

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