JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Guns in our children's classrooms on purpose. That's a move the Florida Legislature is working toward.
The bill was just advanced by the House Judiciary Committee on its way to the full House.
Parents in St. Augustine trust when they send their kids to school that they're safe. But the bill working its way through the legislature to heighten school security is getting mixed reviews.
"More guns, less crime," said Bobby Dee.
Dee's son Anthony is getting ready to start kindergarten. Dee says he'd feel 10 times safer sending him off to school knowing if something happens, teachers are armed to fight back.
"If there would have been a gun at Sandy Hook, that principal would not have got killed and that child would have never gotten to the children," he said.
House Bill 1097 is designed to prevent tragedies like that. It would allow principals to designate one or several school employees to carry concealed guns. Mom Jennifer Laws says as long as those carrying are trained, she's on board too.
"I would be less nervous with that than I am with my kids going to school without the teachers and the principals having any way to protect the kids," Laws said.
But Cindy Novak feels strongly that firearms in the classroom are irresponsible.
"Guns should not be around children. I don't think it's safe. I think that would be an unsafe situation," she said.
She says her fear is that if the guns are there, students will be able to get their hands on them.
"How are they going to keep them secure? They're going to be loaded with bullets? questioned Novak. "I do not think it's a good idea."
The bill still has a long way to go before it becomes a law.
If the bill passes in its current form, principals would have the option to decline concealed weapons at their schools.