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Candidates graduate Guardian Program in Gadsden County

Posted at 6:21 PM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 18:21:01-04

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. — Gadsden County honors its first class of guardian graduates.

The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office celebrate the men and women who will be helping to protect students in the school district.

Friends and family came to recognize the eight candidates graduating the three-week intensive program on state mandate to place an armed officer or guardian on every Gadsden County School District campus.

Of those graduating Friday include Gadsden County Schools Superintendent Roger Milton.

Captain Bobby Collins, the coordinator of the program, says the graduates will do everything they can to protect students.

"I know that these eight men and women are highly trained and highly motivated and they understand the task at hand. I know that they've been trained properly," said Captain Collins.

The county has clarified that it is not the district's teachers who will be armed and all graduates underwent an extensive background check.