What the bill does:
- The law would give principals the power to choose an employee, such as a teacher, to be armed or hire an armed safety officer.
- The gun must remain on a person’s body.
- That person must have extensive training.
- The person must have a concealed weapons permit.
Parents have mixed reactions about the proposed bill. “It’s extremely sad. It’s extremely disgusting to think that’s the measures we have to go through,” said Jaki Maurey-Delavnay.
Others think the bill is a good idea to protect the students. “I like it, I have grandchildren in school. That’s perfect,” said grandmother Minerette Bent.
Ponte Vedra Beach representative Ronald Renuart (R.) said, “These are the same parents who take their children to banks, to shopping malls, to other places where there are people who are less trained and less screened to carry that weapon.”
Representative Richard Stark (D.) gave his opinion over the phone to 7News. “I don’t see we need this in Dade or Broward County, but I can see in rural districts. When they call 911, they don’t have someone there in two minutes like we do. It can take some time, and that’s basically who the bill was for.”