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Florida Counties Turn Down Money To Arm School Personnel

by Countable | 4.12.18

What’s the story?

  • Most of the largest school districts in Florida have voted not to receive money from the state to support the training and arming of new school personnel. Among them is Broward County, home of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 were killed on Valentine’s Day, reports the Washington Post.
  • Included in a host of gun control measures approved by the Florida legislature was $67 million for the “Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program”, focused on training and arming school personnel. Originally the idea was to arm classroom teachers, but after pushback training of other school personnel became the focus. Feis, who died on Feb. 14 was an athletic coach.
  • Broward County voted Tuesday night not to participate in the program, and instead opted to divert the monies into further training for school resource officers, who are armed law enforcement personnel assigned to protect schools.
  • The school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas came under fire for not entering the building immediately during the February 14 shooting when he heard gunfire.
  • The Miami Herald reports on Sunday a teacher from the high school, Sean Simpson,  was arrested for leaving his gun in a men’s room stall in a public bathroom. The gun was picked up and discharged by an intoxicated homeless man. Simpson had been featured in news outlets advocating for arming teachers.

What do you think?

Do you think school districts should have to participate in the state sponsored program to arm school personnel? Should they be able to divert the money to further training for school resource officers, as Broward County is attempting to do? Given recent issues with both school resource officers and school personnel around shootings and firearms, is having guns in schools a good idea at all?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker


(Photo Credit: Mike Licht via Flickr / Creative Commons)

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  • Kevin
    04/12/2018
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    Adding more guns to a gun problem is akin to adding vodka to a drunk driving problem. Ban Assault Weapons now! The gun lobby (aka the NRA) likes to say “ Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” That suggests we remove the people from the equation when in fact, we should remove the guns from the equation. The truth is that people don’t kill people, ARMED people kill people.

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  • Heather
    04/14/2018
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    Good. Guns do not belong in the hands of teachers. If your going to insist on more guns in schools, at least have the sense to assign police or security personnel. Don’t arm teachers.

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  • OlderNWiser
    04/12/2018
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    As hard as teaching is now and as short of funds as our public schools at this point, I can only imagine teachers fleeing the profession in droves if required to be armed too Did anyone see the news about the Florida teacher who left his gun in the restroom of the school? Guns kill the children who find them, weapons of war kill the people who were shot by them, and the NRA would have anyone killed for their profit. Innocent children murdered, they don’t mind, long as they profit. Going to school, church, or a movie should not be a life-threatening risk. Bravo Florida.

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  • Countryfirst
    04/12/2018
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    GOOD FOR FLORIDA..THINKING OF CHILDREN FIRST AND NOT THE DAMN NRA CRAZIES..BRAVO

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  • Cheryl
    04/14/2018
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    More guns in schools is not the answer. I would hope that all Florida counties would turn down the money for the safety of their students.

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  • PLD
    04/14/2018
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    Sanity wins!

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  • John
    04/12/2018
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    Good for them. Nobody needs more guns in schools. Let those NRA gun-suckers learn that lesson.

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  • Michael
    04/12/2018
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    THEN LET THOSE MORONIC SYCOPHANTIC IDEOLOGUES STAND IN FRONT OF THE PARENTS OF DEAD KIDS AND EXPLAIN WHY POLITICS WAS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE LIVES OF THIER CHILDREN!

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  • Christine
    04/12/2018
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    Good choice! Arming teachers is ignorant and ridiculous. Ban AR-15’s.

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  • Bernie
    04/12/2018
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    Exactly 4 school shootings out of 16 have involved “assault rifles” since 1982. That’s Mother Jones, not the NRA. “Semi-automatic” is any pump or break action, revolver or single shot, gun. Hardly a reason to ban an entire class of weapon. These schools will regret it if another shooter hits their campus. Then again, as long as they have another group of martyrs to push gun control, do they care??

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  • Fred
    04/14/2018
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    It is nice to see that someone has some common sense.

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  • JTJ
    04/12/2018
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    If you use the term “assault weapon,” you are just proving that you are an idiot who has not taken the time to research the topic. Stop pushing your ignorant tyrannical opinions on the rest of us respectful law abiding citizens.

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  • Cody
    04/14/2018
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    This is insane good people with guns stop bad people with guns simple as that accept the money and arm the teachers

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  • Kevin
    04/12/2018
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    Adding more guns to a gun problem is akin to adding vodka to a drunk driving problem. Ban Assault Weapons now! The gun lobby (aka the NRA) likes to say “ Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” That suggests we remove the people from the equation when in fact, we should remove the guns from the equation. The truth is that people don’t kill people, ARMED people kill people.

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  • Wayne
    04/14/2018
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    So those teachers who have the desire and the ability to try to protect themselves and their students are going to be denied the right to do so and all because of those that think that the problem is with the mechanical devises (guns) the criminals use and not the criminals themselves. How foolish some people are!

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  • Michelle
    04/12/2018
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    An intelligent response, to say the very least. Maximum efforts to provide school security should include qualified security on site, lock down drills, and the ban of semi-auto rifles of all stripes. Arming teachers or other school personnel would, in a active shooter situation, create confusion and the possibility of more innocent injuries and/or death.

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  • DrRichSwier
    04/14/2018
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    So much for caring about the safety of students. It seems some are more concerned with political postering than stopping violence and killers who use public schools to enact their revenge via mass murder.

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  • Chickie
    04/12/2018
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    Thank God!!!

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  • Robert
    04/12/2018
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    They should take whatever money they can get and apply it towards educational materials.

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  • German
    04/12/2018
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    Good. Why should I pay to arm school teachers? Why doesn’t the money come from the NRA? Can any of these gun lovers comment on questions. Florida should BAN ALL ASSAULT WEAPONS!! Not waste taxpayers money on paying wannabes to try and go again people with AR-15..

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