Friday, September 21, 2018
Politics

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

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.

Click here to read the full Tampa Bay Times story.

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