The Florida state commission called to investigate the Parkland school shooting unanimously approved a final report Wednesday making several recommendations to improve school safety — including arming teachers.
From the Sun Sentinel:
The 458-page report by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission addresses the cascade of errors revealed in the wake of the shooting, including fumbled tips, lax school security policies and unaggressive Broward sheriff’s deputies who hung back as shots were fired. The report now goes to Gov. Rick Scott, DeSantis, Senate President Bill Galvano and House Speaker José Oliva.
The report contains dozens of recommendations. Some would require action by the governor and Legislature, such as the proposals to allow some teachers to carry guns and increase spending on school security. It also calls for laws to be changed to allow school districts to raise taxes for security improvements and to require rather than simply permit mental health providers to notify law enforcement if a patient threatens anyone with harm. Many of the proposals were inspired by errors and weak spots that came to light after the Feb. 14 massacre of 17 people.
The report makes several other recommendations for hardening schools, including:
The report also organizes hardening recommendations into tiers based on funding and admonishes schools to adopt policies and practices that require little or no funding as soon as possible. Those policies include:
Other recommendations like arming teachers will require action from the Florida legislature to change laws and increase school funding. According to the Sun Sentinel, current Florida law prohibits most teachers from carrying firearms, but there are exceptions for ROTC instructors, current military members, and those with previous law enforcement experience.
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