Florida House panel votes to arm school employees

Thursday, March 13, 2014

South Florida school leaders aren't concealing their opposition to legislation that would allow school employees to be armed.

A House education panel approved HB 753, which would allow districts to have at least one "school safety designee" on each campus. That person would carry a concealed gun but would first need to meet firearm and school safety training requirements. Right now, only school law enforcement officers are allowed to carry guns.

"We do not believe that arming administrators and teachers is the right solution to ensure the safety of our schools," said Broward school superintendent Robert Runcie. "We need to continue working with local law enforcement, school police, school resource officers, campus security specialists and monitors to maintain safe learning environments."

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