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Grand Jury Slams Schools, Says 'Turf Wars' Hamper Parkland Safety Compliance

19 hours ago

A statewide grand jury has issued a report painting a dire picture of how Florida school districts are implementing security measures passed in response to a mass shooting at a Broward County high school nearly two years ago.

How Many Teachers Are Carrying Guns In Florida? State Keeping It Under Wraps

Dec 11, 2019
Gun and bullets
ST. LOUIS CIRCUIT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Republican lawmakers who pushed to allow teachers to carry guns in schools say they do not need to know how many Florida teachers are armed and participating in the so-called guardian program.

School districts in 11 Florida counties are open to training teachers to carry guns in schools as a defense tactic in case of shooting situations, according to an official with the state Department of Education. 

Pinellas County Sheriff  Bob Gualtieri
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

A private security company that was paid thousands of dollars to train school “guardians” in Palm Beach County signed off on armed school security that did not meet statutory training requirements, according to the chairman of the state’s school safety panel.

Armed Guardians work at the Manatee School for the Arts.
Manatee School for the Arts

Some Florida school districts and law enforcement agencies have not fully complied with security measures enacted after a 2018 high school massacre because they are bickering over who is responsible, an interim report by a statewide grand jury says.

stock photo of guns in holsters
Lucio Eastman / Wikimedia Commons

State lawmakers are poised to expand a school security program allowing teachers to carry guns in the classroom. However, some school districts are lobbying against it.

The state commission investigating the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting is almost ready to make its first round of recommendations for increasing school security and mental health systems.

The highly anticipated report from the 14-person panel will act as a statewide guide for schools and law enforcement.