New legislation would change school safety law in Florida

Posted at 4:46 PM, Feb 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-12 16:46:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (The News Service of Florida) - New legislation would make changes to a school safety law passed last year after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

The new bill includes allowing teachers to be armed "guardians" in schools.

The program includes putting money into training school staff to carry weapons on school grounds.

It was a recommendation made by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, which was formed by the legislature last year to analyze failures during the Parkland shooting. 

"The commission, which was made up of a diverse group, many of whom expressed dissatisfaction with that program at the beginning, after having studied it for a year and following the evidence and watching the videos and understanding exactly what took place there, did make that recommendation," said State Senator Bill Galvano. 

Republican leaders have shown support for expanding the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, which was approved after last February's tragedy in Parkland.

Most Democratic lawmakers oppose the plan to potentially arm teachers.

They want to give give school districts that don't participate in the guardian program more discretion over how to better secure their schools.