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‘I’ll kill you’: Threats and violence from the school workers who may soon carry guns

By Adam Playford | Deputy Editor, Investigations Kathleen McGrory
| Deputy Investigations Editor
Langston Taylor
| Data Reporter/General Assignment Reporter
Neil Bedi
| Investigative Reporter
Published: March 7, 2018 Updated: March 7, 2018 at 10:39 AM
Hundreds of students and community activists marched down North Boulevard to address the inaction of lawmakers when it comes to gun violence, on February 23, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. The group marched from Blake High School to Curtis Hixon park. The protest was held in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla. that killed 17 people. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]

Florida lawmakers are voting today on whether to let some school employees carry guns on campus.

The current proposal would let school districts arm any employee who isn’t solely a full-time teacher.

Supporters say the measure would make schools safer in the aftermath of the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead. That includes President Donald Trump, who has said armed school employees would be a "very inexpensive deterrent" to shooters.

"Armed Educators (and trusted people who work within a school) love our students and will protect them," he Tweeted last month.

But the state’s own records show that isn’t always true.

At least 19 times, employees working in the "school support" roles that would make them eligible to carry a gun have been disciplined by the Florida Department of Education for threatening students or colleagues, hurting kids or using firearms illegally.

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