Florida educators say they don’t like a state lawmaker’s suggestion that more school employees should be armed. Rep. Dennis Baxley’s comments followed a deadly school shooting in Connecticut last week.
“I don’t see any way schools would be safer if everyone had guns,” said Tampa’s MacFarlane Park Elementary principal Denyse Riveiro, adding that guns would create a dangerous environment and upset the learning process. “We teach peace.”
“I got a very simple answer: Are you crazy?” said Joe Vitalo, president of the Hernando Classroom Teachers Association. “The last thing you want to do is to put weapons into hands of people who aren’t fully trained.”