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Lawmakers last minute push to arm school employees

School Safety
Posted at 6:23 PM, May 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-02 15:05:43-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)-- Just one day left in florida's legislative session and lawmakers still pushing for a bill to arm school teachers and administrators.

School safety is still a priority for Florida lawmakers just hours away from the end of the legislative session.

If it takes bringing guns to the classroom Representative Greg Steube is all for it.

"This would just enable our students to be better protected," Rep. Greg Steube (R) District 73.

The bill allows public or private school principals to designate member's of their staff including teachers and administrators to carry a concealed weapon or firearm on school property.

Superintendents would also have the same authority for school district buildings.

"If there's not a school resource officer on the school's campus or there's not anybody on campus that is armed that can respond to an armed gunman then our children are really in a situation where they're vulnerable to being attacked," said Steube.

But former teachers like Barbara DeVane say students will be more vulnerable to getting hurt.

"Anytime there's guns around there's going to be unintended consequences and its just a safety issue and i don't think that's the answer," said DeVane

Some lawmakers agree with DeVane.

"We have to look at how do we put more individuals in schools such as law enforcement officers or public safety officials that can keep our schools safe and not try to outfit our teachers and administrators with weapons,"

But Representative Steube says school employees will go through extensive training first.

He addressed the concerns opposers have expressed about the bill.

"Children around firearms when they go to banks, when they're here at the capitol, we have security guards everywhere, even a school resource officer at the school theres still an opportunity that if he wanted to try to wrestle a gun out of a school resource officers hand he could do it," said Steube.