A sheriff in Florida is wasting no time taking action in response to last week’s shooting at a high school in Texas.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd called an emergency meeting with police chiefs across the county after Friday’s shooting, resolving to make sure every school has an armed officer.
“The children are worth it,” he said on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday.
Last week’s shooting at Santa Fe High School left 10 dead and another 10 injured just a few months after a former student killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Judd said that Florida legislators provided funding for school resource officers (SRO) and Safe School Guardians.
Judd said that by Aug. 13 of next year, every public school campus in the state will have well-trained, armed security from a “Guardian” or SRO.
He added that “Guardians” receive 25 percent more firearm training than a police officer.
“This is just one of many, many different layers,” Judd said.
Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed school safety legislation into law after the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland that allows certain school employees to be armed and provides funding for more SROs.
Judd said that while federal funding can always help, administering drug screenings, psychological tests and training to existing officers can be more cost-effective.
“You’ve got to quit talking and start acting,” he said.
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