Gradebook podcast: Teachers with guns - Why Bay County embraces Florida’s school guardian program

An interview with Bay superintendent Bill Husfelt.
Bay County schools superintendent Bill Husfelt speaks with Gwen Graham, then running for Florida governor, at A. Crawford Mosley High School in Lynn Haven. (CHRIS URSO   |   Times)
Bay County schools superintendent Bill Husfelt speaks with Gwen Graham, then running for Florida governor, at A. Crawford Mosley High School in Lynn Haven. (CHRIS URSO | Times)
Published May 23

Several Florida school district leaders lined up to reject the idea of letting classroom teachers carry guns in schools as part of a guardian program even before Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the measure into law.

Bay County superintendent Bill Husfelt was not among them.

Husfelt welcomed the initial guardian plan a year ago, and said the expansion of the model would help keep his county’s students, employees and schools safe.

Already, he said, several teachers are signing up to get trained. Why is his perspective so different from many others?

Husfelt discussed his views with reporter Marlene Sokol.

Hear also our podcast with Husfelt from a year ago, when he was first contemplating participation in the guardian program.

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