Florida teachers allowed guns in classroom under new law
The law was passed in the state House on a vote of 65 to 47 Wednesday, putting the Republican-backed bill before Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is expected to sign it. A similar bill already passed through the state Senate last week.
Teachers will not be required to carry a firearm, but those who wish to do so must pass a 144 hour training course, the law stipulates. The ultimate decision for each school, however, will be made at county level.
The bill was the subject of intense debate in the Florida state House over the last two days, with opponents arguing the rule will only make classrooms more dangerous.
The law’s passage has already kicked off a social media meltdown.
THIS IS BANANAS!!!!!— Nancy Davis (@nadavis27) May 1, 2019
Florida has some serious gun fetish... I give it about six to nine months for the first report of a teacher shooting a misbehaving student comes out. I would have been shot by 9th grade for sure.https://t.co/AxWEkHUIdQ— Rickey (@rckyvl1) May 1, 2019
Someone will die.Maybe not this week or this year but there will be tragedy because of this.— Karma Police (@capeannsky) May 1, 2019
Some were less serious about the matter.
Teacher: Deshawn threw a pencil at me, I feared for my life so I shot him Florida Judge: well that seems justified.... https://t.co/BkkcogRkfM— Teddy (@M_Peasant) May 1, 2019
One commentator suggested local school districts in Florida would not approve the measure, even if it is signed into law by the governor.
Arming teacher bill to head to Gov., but Central Florida districts unlikely to authorize their educators to carry guns on campuses. https://t.co/pzCQc9zS9L— Leslie Postal (@lesliepostal) May 1, 2019
The tragic Parkland school shooting took place in Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and claimed the lives of 17 students and staff members. The massacre sparked a nationwide discussion about how to prevent future shootings, from which the proposal to arm teachers emerged.Also on rt.com Teachers with guns? RT debates possible ‘militarization’ of US schools after Florida shooting
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