A student goes to school to get an education, not to worry if they will make it out alive by the end of the day. Since the beginning of the year, there have been 15 school shootings. That is why lawmakers have taken action to invoke change.
The Florida legislature passed a bill on May 1 that would allow classroom teachers to carry guns. According to National Public Radio (NPR), there had previously been a “guardian” program where school staff, minus classroom teachers, could carry guns.
After two days of the bill being debated in Florida’s House of Representatives, it was passed onto Gov. Ron Desantis, who signed it into a law.
While arming teachers is now permitted all throughout Florida, individual school districts are allowed to decide whether they want to follow it.
According to NPR, most of the school districts in Florida do not want to follow the law, and only 25 of the 67 use the original guardian program.
If classroom teachers were to be armed, they would have to go through a 144-hour training in order to be certified to carry the gun.
According to the Palm Beach Post, the Palm Beach County school district decided not to participate in the original guardian program, which means that the teachers in the district would not have the option to carry guns.
Many still question how schools will stay safe without these extra safety precautions, but the Palm Beach County school district hoped to input more law enforcement officers into the schools.
Action like this will lead to creating safer schools for students, and hopefully lead to change all around the nation.