By Emily L. Mahoney: After about seven hours of angry, sometimes deeply painful debate about race and gun violence that spanned two days, the Florida House passed a bill Wednesday that would allow classroom teachers to be armed, expanding a program lawmakers created last year after the Parkland shooting.
The debate reached emotional heights that had Democrats shouting or tearing up as black lawmakers delved into details about their personal experiences with racism and their deep-seated fears about minority children being targeted by teachers who have guns. READ MORE.
As the House took up a bill to create a state hemp program in Florida, two groups of protesters unfurled banners in the public galleries above the chamber and shouted at the lawmakers below. They were forcefully removed by the House sergeants. READ MORE.
Lawmakers say that school districts are not required to participate in Florida’s armed school guardian program. Several districts throughout Florida have already stated their opposition.
Opponents are questioning several aspects, mainly concerns over the risk students would face if a teacher were to react impulsively if feeling threatened.