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Fla Education Commissioner’s suggestion on ‘active shooter’ drills slammed by Trump

Trump calls them 'a very negative thing'
President Trump speaks during a Thursday, February 22, 2018 meeting of officials on school safety, a continuation of a discussion Trump had Wednesday with Parkland students and parents. [Screengrab via Twitter. Credit: CSPAN]
President Trump speaks during a Thursday, February 22, 2018 meeting of officials on school safety, a continuation of a discussion Trump had Wednesday with Parkland students and parents. [Screengrab via Twitter. Credit: CSPAN]
Published Feb. 22, 2018
Updated Feb. 22, 2018

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump this morning appeared to swiftly rebuke an idea offered by Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart to look at more active shooting drills.

"Active shooter drills is a very negative thing," Trump said during a meeting of officials that also included Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

"I don't like it. I'd much rather have a hardened school," Trump said. "I think it's crazy. I think it's very hard on children."

The comment came during a meeting of officials on school safety, a continuation of a discussion Trump had yesterday with Parkland students and parents.

During Thursday's meeting, Trump restated his support for arming teachers, using concealed-carry permits and training. He said those who do carry could get "a little bit of a bonus."