Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Florida legislature passes law allowing teachers to be armed

Florida legislature passes law allowing teachers to be armed

"They hurriedly passed an ill-advised and ill-equipped plan to say 'we have acted, and now we wash our hands and transfer all the burden to school districts and sheriffs'".

For example, Johnson said schools are learning how to deal with social media threats.

The Florida House has passed a school safety bill that includes new restrictions on rifle sales and a program to arm some teachers.

State lawmakers debated the bill for about eight hours on Wednesday before voting 67-50 in favour.

The bill would let law enforcement take guns from people who threaten violence against themselves or others. Ten House Democrats joined 57 Republicans in supporting the bill, while 19 Republicans and 31 Democrats voted against it. A spokeswoman for Scott said on Tuesday he had not yet decided whether to support the bill.

- Provide additional funding for armed school resource officers and mental health services.

"(MENAFN - Colombo Gazette) wp-image-124202" src="" alt=" width="281" height="158" data-recalc-dims="1" / New gun control measures for Florida have passed another legal hurdle, weeks after one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history.

- Creates a commission to investigate the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and make recommendations to the state Legislature.

Hogg said the Centers For Disease Control should be allowed to study gun violence.

House Democrats opposed the measure saying it will put more guns in schools.

Guttenberg said he believes in the second amendment but not the distorted version presented by gun lobbyists. Many students view the Parkland shooting as part of inaction by lawmakers to curb access to guns.

Pollack said the bill may not be ideal, but it's better than nothing, and he urged Scott to sign it.

Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz has been formally charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder, which could mean a death sentence if he's convicted.

The package was spurred by the shooting rampage three weeks ago that killed 17 students and faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and led to an extraordinary lobbying campaign by young survivors of the massacre.

The indictment also charges Cruz with 17 counts of attempted murder.

Cruz's public defender has said he will plead guilty if prosecutors take the death penalty off the table, which would mean life in prison.

After meeting with the Broward County grand jury, the couple and their attorney declined to discuss their testimony.

The prosecutors' office has said a decision on this has not yet been made, according to Simmons.

Swearingen said the investigation won't be rushed.

Still, a group of families of victims and survivors of the shooting applauded the legislation's passage in a message posted on Twitter by parent Ryan Petty, whose daughter was among those killed, and urged Republican Governor Rick Scott to sign it.

Wade told the students that they were inspiring to him. He punctuated his remarks with "MSD Strong all the way" - which was met with a loud roar.

When Wade, who is in his second stint with the Heat after he was traded earlier this season from the Cavaliers, learned that Joaquin Oliver, one of 17 people killed in the shooting, was buried in a Wade Heat jersey, the National Basketball Association star dedicated the rest of the season to the teen. Wade gave the family a jersey and custom sneakers with Oliver's name and the Stoneman Douglas High School logo on them.

After visiting the Parkland school Wednesday, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said she wants to hear suggestions to improve school safety from students who survived the shooting.

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