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Teachers will not be armed in Guardian Program in Gadsden County

Posted at 6:29 PM, Jun 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 18:29:59-04

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. — Gadsden County is now one of 33 Florida counties choosing to participate in the Guardian Program, however teachers in the district will not be armed.

This way teachers will still be able to focus on teaching, while others focus solely on the safety of the school and students.

As of now, there are about 10 to 15 people who have expressed interest in becoming a guardian for Gadsden County Schools, some of which are former law enforcement, while others have experience as a security guard. Becoming a guardian won't be an easy task.

"These individuals will go through a very extensive training program. I've personally put together the curriculum based on state statute," said Bobby Collins, Chief Training Officer with the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office. "They will have to have a concealed permit. They will have to have a psychological examination."

In addition, potential guardians will have a background check done on them.

Friday, we'll have more about why Gadsden County decided to participate, especially since they weren't sure they wanted to at first.