The Florida House is sending a bill forward that would allow teachers to potentially carry guns in Florida schools. The bill passed the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday despite a host of speakers opposed.
Orange County School Board Member Joie Cadle is also the President of the Florida School Boards Association, and told me this bill is not right for Orange County or anywhere else in the state.
"Teachers are not taught to shoot people. Teachers are not taught to shoot guns."
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, says pass the bill and teachers will get the training they need to be able to use a weapon properly.
"They have to go through 40 hours of classroom training, just like an armed security guard is required to go through. They have to go through 4 hours every year of firearms training and get re-certified on that training every single year."
Groups like the PTA spoke against the bill. Joie Cadle says she is only comfortable with one group protecting schools in Orange County.
"Law enforcement is trained to defend themselves and defend the public and I think that's where it should stay."
Cadle thinks it is a bad bill that is a knee jerk reaction to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Rep. Steube agrees that his bill is a reaction to that shooting, but notes that it took 20 minutes for law enforcement to respond.
"Had this bill been enacted in that state and somebody had been designated in that school, we'll never know, but they sure had a fighting chance to fight back an armed intruder that came through that door."
The bill would allow the school district or administrator to designate a person on campus that would be allowed to carry a firearm after they went through the training. It does have a companion bill in the Senate, but that bill is still stuck in committee.