WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Teachers and some school staff will be allowed to carry weapons in school, according to a recently signed bill in the office of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
- However, the new law doesn’t mean that firearms will just be handed out to teachers as they ‘walk through a door’ said bill supporter, Rep. Dane Eagle.
- Additionally, only schools that choose to adopt the program will undergo a series of trainings, psychiatric and drug tests.
A newly signed bill by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives teachers permission to be armed while on campus.
Following its passing in the Florida House last week, the controversial bill on school safety has finally arrived at the office of the governor.
Rep. Dane Eagle, a supporter of the bill, said this doesn’t mean all teachers will possess weapons at their disposal. There is no line in the bill that indicates ‘we are handing out guns to teachers that walk through a door’, said Eagle.
Further, the measure is not a requirement for teachers or districts, according to reports from CNN affiliate-WFOR. Rather, it allows school districts to opt-in to the program. For the teachers from districts who choose to participate will have to go through police-style training, psychiatric evaluation as well as drug screening.
However, the move is not supported by all school districts.
In a statement last week from Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, he stated: “We do not believe arming teachers is the best way to make our schools safe.”
Runcie also revealed that in March 2018, a resolution against arming teachers was voted by the Broward County School Board.
Following last year’s Parkland shooting incident, the latest bill was initiated based on recommendations and advice by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission. WFOR also reported that the bill extends to a measure that was also signed last year that enforced new restrictions on firearm sales and allowed guns to be carried in school by some teachers and staff.