Florida Commission Studying Parkland School Shooting Backs Arming Teachers
A Florida investigative commission charged with studying the shooting at a high school in Parkland last February by a former student that left 17 people dead has backed arming teachers as a way to protect students.
The 15 members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission issued a unanimous preliminary report Wednesday aimed at preventing other school shootings and improving the response if they do take place. While Florida law currently allows teachers to carry a weapon in school if they have a military or police background, the report urges that the requirement be lifted, and teachers who are, quote, "properly selected, thoroughly screened and extensively trained" be permitted to carry weapons at school.
Florida's state teachers union is opposed to arming teachers, and some law enforcement leaders are as well.