JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Putting guns in the hands of school employees. The controversial proposal is moving closer to becoming law here in Florida and one local superintendent is speaking out saying it’s not the right solution.
A House panel has passed a bill that would allow school principals to designate school employees to carry concealed weapons on campus.
Several lawmakers said during a meeting in Tallahassee on Wednesday that the bill is a common sense approach to protecting students with limited funds. There is not enough money to provide resource officers in every school.
"I don't think the solution is more guns, especially around children,” said Duval County Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti.
The bill would give principals the option to designate one or several school employees to carry concealed weapons or pass on the measure altogether.
"Even being trained on how to use a gun doesn't necessarily mean they are trained on how to prevent violent situations. And I don't think that long term the solution is simply giving more weapons to individuals on campus,” said Vitti.
Rep. Dennis Baxley applauded the bill, saying gun-free school zones have inadvertently made schools ideal targets for madmen.
In Jacksonville, armed school resource officers patrol every public high school and middle school.
Vitti says more guns would not be a deterrent to danger. “The gun could be stolen, the gun could actually go off. It could get in the wrong hands."
The Florida School Board Association spoke out against the bill and worried about liability issues.