Friday, April 13, 2018

‘THIS WOULD MEAN MORE GUNS’: BROWARD COUNTY WON’T ARM SCHOOL EMPLOYEES AFTER PARKLAND SHOOTING

Christal Hayes  CNN  April 11, 2018

The Florida school district home to the school where 17 people were killed earlier this year voted down a measure that would allow arming school administrators.

Broward County's school board met Tuesday evening to discuss the proposal, which is based on a wide-ranging Florida law passed in the aftermath of the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The state law allows for training and arming of school employees, if a local jurisdiction approves and accepts the state funds.

The board was unanimous in rejecting to participate in the plan that opened up $67 million in state funds for training to arm some employees, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

“This would mean more guns, the purchase of more guns, the legalization of more guns and more guns brought from the community into schools,” School Board member Rosalind Osgood said at the meeting, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

The law was the state's first in more than two decades that targeted gun control. It was signed by Gov. Rick Scott last month and included increasing the age to 21 on firearm purchases and included a three-day waiting period for guns. It also gave law enforcement more authority to confiscate weapons and allocated funds to arm school administrators.

The Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, which was named after the coach who died in the attack while shielding students, at first would have allowed teachers to participate but was later limited to coaches, JROTC and other employees who are not exclusively teachers.

When rejecting to use the money to arm staff and bring weapons into the school, board members proposed using some of the money to instead pay for more officers or private security, according to CNN.

The arming of employees isn't mandatory but a local option available if both districts and local law enforcement agree on it, according to CNN.

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