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December 13th, 2018 by Mike Vasilinda

Thursday, December 13, 2018

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Thursday, December 13, 2018
Arming Teachers
Edius 1
Anchor Lead
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Commission tasked with investigating the Parkland shooting and recommending policy changes to the Legislature is  asking lawmakers to allow districts to arm teachers. As Jake Stofan tells us, the move is opposed by teachers unions and some family members of victims.
Supers:
0:08-0:13 Sen. Lauren Book
(D) MSD Commissioner
0:21-0:26 Governor Rick Scott (From 02.23.2018)
(R) Florida
0:38-0:48 Sheriff Bob Gualtieri
Chair, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Commission
0:56-1:02 Debbi Hixon
Teacher, Husband Killed in Parkland Shooting
1:02-1:11 Jake Stofan
1:11-1:20 Fedrick Ingram
President, Florida Education Association
Runs: 1:31
Anchor Tag
Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence and the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence both oppose arming teachers.
Arming Teachers PACKAGE
Commissioners approved a recommendation to allow schools to arm classroom teachers in their last round of meetings.
SOT Sen. Lauren Book
(D) MSD Commissioner
“These guardians must be trained and trained appropriately.”
The idea was considered earlier this year as lawmakers crafted a comprehensive school safety package.
It was opposed by Governor Rick Scott.
SOT Governor Rick Scott (From 02.23.2018)
(R) Florida
“My focus is on providing more law enforcement officers not on arming the teachers.”
A compromise was reached allowing staff members to be armed, but not classroom teachers.
Commission Chair and Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, opposed arming teachers at the time, but now supports the idea.
SOT Sheriff Bob Gualtieri
Chair, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Commission
“You’ve got to have somebody there that can swiftly and effectively neutralize the threat and that means killing the killer. And the only way you’re going to do that is that you have a good buy with a gun that can take that action.”
But school teacher Debbi Hixon, who lost her husband in the Parkland shooting says arming teachers isn’t the answer.
SOT Debbi Hixon
Teacher, Husband Killed in Parkland Shooting
“Even if a teacher thinks their up to that task, I just think it’s unfair to have that expectation for them.”
Jake
“The State’s largest teachers union has been one of the most vocal opponents of arming teachers. It argues guns in the classroom would put students in harms way.”
SOT Fedrick Ingram
President, Florida Education Association
“The line in the sand is this. Teachers want to teach. They don’t want to carry guns. That is the responsibility of trained professionals. “
The Commission must submit its final report to the Legislature by January 1st. It’s up to lawmakers to debate whether  any of the commission’s recommendations become law.
Galvano on Security VOSOT
Florida Senators held a rare closed door meeting today to discuss their own security.
They were briefed by the Director of Capitol Police and their own Sargent at Arms.
Senate President Bill Galvano called the session useful.
SOT: Sen. Bill Galvano
Senate President
“You know I feel like we have a lot of people who come here who deserve to have access to the Florida Senate. We have people who are staffers and senators themselves and we need to conduct ourselves in a mono that is prepared and ready for a situation should a risk evolve.”
Galvano sited recent violent instances for scheduling the meeting saying its always good to be prepared.

Capitol News Service Feed

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Arming Teachers

Edius 1

Anchor Lead

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Commission tasked with investigating the Parkland shooting and recommending policy changes to the Legislature is  asking lawmakers to allow districts to arm teachers. As Jake Stofan tells us, the move is opposed by teachers unions and some family members of victims.

Supers:

0:00-0:19 Jake Stofan

0:26-0:31 Sheriff Bob Gualtieri

Chair, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Commission

0:38-0:44 Debbi Hixon

Teacher, Husband Killed in Parkland Shooting

0:44-0:59 Jake Stofan

Anchor Tag

Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence and the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence both oppose arming teachers.

Arming Teachers LOOK LIVE

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“Commissioners approved a recommendation to allow schools to arm classroom teachers in their last round of meetings. The idea was considered earlier this year as lawmakers crafted a comprehensive school safety package, but a compromise allowed arming staff members but not classroom teachers.”

Commission Chair and Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, opposed arming teachers at the time, but now supports the idea.

SOT Sheriff Bob Gualtieri

Chair, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Commission

“You’ve got to have somebody there that can swiftly and effectively neutralize the threat.”

But school teacher Debbi Hixon, who lost her husband in the Parkland shooting says arming teachers isn’t the answer.

SOT Debbi Hixon

Teacher, Husband Killed in Parkland Shooting

“Even if a teacher thinks their up to that task, I just think it’s unfair to have that expectation for them.”

Look Live Out

“The Commission must submit its final report to the Legislature by January 1st. It’s up to lawmakers to debate whether  any of the commission’s recommendations become law.”

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