Florida school hires Veterans to protect students from school shooter

A school in Florida has hired two combat veterans who will be armed with semi-automatic rifles to roam the hallways and guard the campus against potential threats, especially school shooters.

Manatee School for the Arts in Palmetto, Florida, hired two school guardians to meet state legislation requiring schools to have at least one "safe-school" officer.

Principal Bill Jones said, "We're not looking for a fair fight. We're looking at an overwhelming advantage."

One of the guards has 15 years of experience, and the second veteran guard will start working later in February.

"I wouldn't hire anybody who hadn't been shot at and fired back," Jones said. "I need someone who has been in that situation."

Jones said parents have been generally accepting of the guards, who were trained by the Manatee County Sheriff's Department and had to complete at least 132 hours of firearm safety and proficiency training.

Should schools have armed guards?

Brittany Jennings


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