COUNTY WHERE PARKLAND SHOOTING HAPPENED VOTES TO PUT ARMED GUARDS IN EVERY SCHOOL
By Kevin Ryan
The Broward County School Board has voted unanimously to approve the hiring of armed guards for all of the district’s public schools. The move comes in response to the February 14 shooting at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High in Parkland, where 17 people were fatally shot.
The requirements for each guard:
• A valid concealed-carry license.
• 132 hours of firearm safety training from the sheriff’s office.
• At least two years of law enforcement experience.
• Pass a psychological evaluation and drug screening.
• Have at least a high school diploma or GED.
• Pay will range from approximately $17/hr to $22/hr.
A portion of the funding will come from the state’s $400 million school security bill passed in March, which granted Broward an additional $8 million to assist in covering guards’ pay.
The county also has a referendum on its August ballot to increase funding for recruiting and compensating school resource officers and other school security.
A nationwide debate followed the Parkland shooting, with student activists saying stricter gun control would help end the rash of school shootings, while gun rights supporters instead called for stronger armed security.