Nicolette Springer of the League of Women Voters, a lead agency backing the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, argued that teachers should not carry guns in schools, nor should they be forced to work in a school where they might feel unsafe if an educator in a nearby classroom has a weapon.
She further suggested that the amount of training provided to guardians is not enough to put them on par with sworn officers.
“We’re asking too much from our educators,” Springer told the panel. “This is the job of law enforcement.”
Click here to read more about the hearing that stirred strong opposition from an audience filled with educators and their supporters, who urged the panel not to remove language from a post-Parkland law that excluded teachers from being part of armed campus protection. Only two of about two dozen speakers supported the measure.