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Florida Passes Bill That Allows Schools To Arm Their Teachers

Emily Reily 25 Apr 2019

A bill that would allow Florida teachers to be armed in the classroom is closer to being signed into law, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Bill Passed April 23

The Sun-Sentinel writes that the state Senate OK'd a school safety bill on April 23 that would allow teachers to carry guns on campus, though individual school boards have to agree before that can happen.

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Additional Work For Teachers

Some who are against the bill say that teachers carrying guns can place an additional burden on their jobs.

The state teachers union is also opposing the bill; and they have the backing of students, who protested at the state Capitol this month.

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Are Teachers, Students More At Risk?

Antonio White, vice president of the United Teachers of Dade, told the Florida House Education Committee that arming teachers is simply not the right answer:

"Quite frankly, putting more guns in schools is not the right answer to reducing gun violence. Arming teachers is dangerous."

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Training Required For Teachers

The U.S. News and World Report says that teachers can't just pick up a firearm and go to school. They would need to take about 144 hours of training and pass a psych eval.

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Bill Has Top-Level Support

The bill now heads to the House, where Unilad says it has the support of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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