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Parkland, Florida, school district rejects proposal to arm school staff after deadly massacre

Parkland, Florida, school district rejects proposal to arm school staff after deadly massacre

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, will not participate in a state program that would allow some school staff to arm themselves. (Getty Images)

The Broward County School Board announced on Tuesday that it refuses to participate in a state program that would allow some school staff to arm themselves in anticipation of a school shooting.

What are the details?

Florida’s newest school safety program — the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program — would allow certain teachers on district campuses to volunteer for an intensive law enforcement training program,  which allow them to carry weapons while in school.

Broward County schools — including Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — will not be among those districts utilizing the state-approved program.

Feis, who died trying to protect students, was one of 17 killed in February’s mass murder at Stoneman Douglas High School.

In a news release, the school board said that “funding allocated for the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program should be redirected into the Safe Schools Allocation in order to provide additional funding for School Resource Officers.”

Fox News reported that the decision to opt out of the voluntary program was unanimous.

Anything else?

According to the Sun-Sentinel, the school district was to benefit from a 2014 bond of $800 million.

The Hill reported an interview in which a 19-year-old student alleged that $100 million of that school safety money — which was to be spent on ramping up security on new fences and gates — has yet to even be spent.

School Superintendent Robert Runcie did admit that “the bond program is behind schedule,” according to the Sun-Sentinel.

The outlet reported that Runcie said that the district is “expediting funds for fences and gates designed to limit visitor access to the school to just the front office,” adding that upgrades at all schools should be completed by “early next year.”

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