Original story CNN October 1, 2019
Teachers at schools in Florida will be carrying guns in the classroom from today under a law designed to stop school massacres.
The law is a direct response to the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Former student Nikolas Cruz, 19, is facing 17 charges of premeditated murder following the Valentine’s Day shooting that left 17 people dead and another 17 people injured.
Under the program, which passed the Florida legislature in May and will be administered by the Florida Department of Education, “guardians” will be required to undertake 144 hours of training and “must pass psychological and drug screenings”.
“Guardians are armed personnel who aid in the prevention or abatement of active assailant incidents on school premises,” the department says.
“They are either school employees who volunteer to serve in addition to official job duties or personnel hired for the specific purpose of serving as a school guardian.”
Guardians receive a once-off payment of $500 for volunteering to carry guns with them inside the classroom.
Florida’s Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran says the new laws are the “not only the safest way to protect kids” but also “the cheapest”.
“In 10 years, every single school in Florida will have guardian teachers. It’s coming. It’s going to happen,” he said.