Gradebook podcast: Fixing Florida’s school security system - an expert’s view

Consultant Kenneth Trump says one key to improvements is listening to people inside the schools.
Pinellas County Sheriff's trainers line the back of the room during a training session for the new Pinellas County School security officers in July 2018. [Times (2018)]
Pinellas County Sheriff's trainers line the back of the room during a training session for the new Pinellas County School security officers in July 2018. [Times (2018)]
Published January 31
Updated January 31

Florida lawmakers worked fast to adopt enhanced school safety and security requirements in 2018, after the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland.

Perhaps they moved too quickly, though. Kenneth Trump, president of the Ohio-based National School Safety and Security Services, suggests that the legislation — which key leaders have already said needs tweaking — resulted in “some of the most unrealistic, time-constrained, and potentially dangerous mandates I have seen from states in my 30+ years in the school safety field.”

Trump discusses his thoughts and recommendations with reporter Jeff Solochek.

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