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Largest School Districts May Skip Armed ‘Guardians’ Program, Even If Governor Signs It

Cori Sorensen, a fourth-grade teacher from Highland Elementary School in Highland, Utah, receives firearms training with a .357 Magnum from personal defense instructor Jim McCarthy during concealed weapons training for 200 Utah teachers.
Cori Sorensen, a fourth-grade teacher from Highland Elementary School in Highland, Utah, receives firearms training with a .357 Magnum from personal defense instructor Jim McCarthy during concealed weapons training for 200 Utah teachers.

The Legislature’s new plan to arm school employees as a last line of defense to an active shooter might never get tested in Florida’s biggest school districts.

Officials in 10 of the state’s largest systems, which educate nearly 60 percent of all Florida school children, said they have no intention of giving teachers or other staff guns to carry into classrooms.

“I believe the people carrying weapons should be law enforcement officers and not our employees,” said Seminole County school superintendent Walt Griffin, echoing comments of his large-district peers. “I do not support our hard-working teachers having the responsibility of carrying a weapon.”

The Broward, Duval and Hillsborough county school boards adopted formal statements Tuesday opposing the idea of arming school personnel, and calling for adequate funding to support sworn officers in the schools instead. A day earlier, Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho made clear his district’s position, saying anyone who thinks arming educators is a solution is “absolutely out of their mind.”

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