GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Gadsden County is one of three new counties who will take part in the Guardian Program, which will allow teachers and other school personnel to carry firearms on school grounds.
There are now 33 counties participating in the Guardian Program and another 15 who have expressed interest.
“Florida’s students and parents have rightfully demanded increased security measures, and this is another example of education leaders responding to the call. There are cowards who prey on our schools, and with each new district who takes advantage of this opportunity to safeguard their students, the State of Florida is sending a message that we are united in protecting our state’s future generations,” said Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran.
Teachers who volunteer to participate in the program must also pass a psychological evaluation, pass an initial drug test as well as subsequent random drug tests, complete at least 12 hours of a certified nationally recognized diversity training program, and complete ongoing training, weapon inspection, and firearm qualification on an annual basis.
For more information about the Office of Safe Schools, please visit http://www.fldoe.org/safe-schools/ [fldoe.org].