'A Huge Sense of Pride': Army Vet Completes Armed School Guardian Program
Eighty-seven men and women were sworn in as armed school "guardians" Monday in Lakeland, Florida, ahead of the upcoming school year.
The graduates are members of the Aaron Feis Guardian Program, which was created after the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
Army veteran Justin Dunn said Saturday on "Fox & Friends" that he will be stationed at an elementary school to protect the children there.
Dunn said that he was initially skeptical of having armed officers in schools, but his mind changed after the training he received.
"It was law enforcement training us, not some third-party security company or anything like that," Dunn said. "They actually made the training worthwhile."
The guardian program is named after one of the shooting's victims, football coach Aaron Feis, who was shot to death while shielding students from gunfire.
"Coming in to this job gives me a huge sense of pride," Dunn said, adding that he hasn't felt the same type of comradery since he was in the military.
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The guardians will wear uniforms in public schools, according to The Ledger, but officers stationed in charter schools will carry concealed, unidentifiable weapons.
Dunn said that he could likely speak for other veterans and law enforcement in that they also feel a renewed sense of family in the program.
"This has fulfilled that [feeling] since I've been out [of the military]," he said.
When asked for his comment on those criticizing having guns present in schools, Dunn said he sees the guardian program as the first step toward deterring school shootings.
"I would much rather my little girl go to school feeling safe and knowing that there's somebody who cares and who's there to protect them than feeling scared."