'When Seconds Count, Minutes Don't Matter': FL Sheriff Supports Arming Teachers in Schools
A commission looking into the Parkland, Florida school shooting is recommending arming teachers and bolstering school security.
The Associated Press reported that the "Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission voted 13-1 to recommend the Legislature allow the arming of teachers."
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, a member of the commission, said Saturday on Fox & Friends if teachers volunteer to be armed, pass the appropriate tests and complete training, they should be allowed to carry a firearm.
"When seconds count, minutes don't matter," he said. "We need somebody there, in the building that second that can protect the students."
The 15-member commission is recommending more funding for school security measures, enhanced video surveillance and arming school resource officers, among other items.
Judd said there has been push-back from educators on the safety plans already implemented in Florida public schools.
"We're going to ramp up our game next legislative session and ask our legislators to make the schools engage with us to keep children safe."
State Rep. Ted Deutch tweeted that there isn't evidence armed teachers will result in safer schools. Judd said Saturday that Deutch is "interested in headlines."
There is no evidence that arming teachers will make our students safer. There are many stories of students being accidentally hurt when teachers have guns in their classrooms.
Reminder. MSD commission took no testimony on arming teachers but recommended it anyway.
— Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) December 14, 2018
"He's interested in headlines, I'm interested in saving childrens' lives and we can do that," Judd said. "If a teacher is uncomfortable or doesn't want to have a gun, they should never have a gun. No one is making them."