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Students rally at Capitol to protest bill arming teachers

Posted at 5:14 PM, Apr 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-03 17:14:12-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Students from all over the state were present Wednesday afternoon voicing their opposition about the School Guardian Program.

Many survivors from the Parkland shooting, and several representatives and lawmakers took to the podium Wednesday.

One after another explained that a bill to arm teachers and staff would put the students in more danger, saying that in the chaos of a school shooting, an innocent bystander may get hurt, or worse, killed.

Almost every one of the speakers suggested that more money and resources be put into better mental health help and counselors, or even more highly trained officers, as Susana Matta-Valdivieso, former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student, suggested.

"If legislators do feel like we need more guns, then schools can get more resource officers or highly trained people with many hours of training that could help us. But, teachers are just not the way," said Matta-Valdivieso.

Although the bill has been temporarily postponed, these students, and lawmakers will be back again to make sure their voices are heard.