It’s Been One Year Since the Parkland Shooting. This School Hired Combat Veterans to Fight Back


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It’s Been One Year Since the Parkland Shooting. This School Hired Combat Veterans to Fight Back

Dagny Taggart
February 14th, 2019
The Organic Prepper

A year ago today, Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing seventeen defenseless students and staff members and injuring seventeen others. During the mayhem, a sheriff’s deputy was on the scene…hiding behind his vehicle.

It was an event that probably could have been prevented, if the police, the FBI, and others had paid attention to all the warning signs that Cruz was deeply troubled and likely dangerous. He even left this comment on a YouTube video: “Im [sic] going to be a professional school shooter.” That comment was reported to the FBI, but the agency claims it could not track down the person who wrote it.

The day after the tragedy, a Florida teacher named Kelly Guthrie Raley posted a rant on Facebook about the real cause of school violence. Here’s an excerpt.

Okay, I’ll be the bad guy and say what no one else is brave enough to say, but wants to say. I’ll take all the criticism and attacks from everyone because you know what? I’m a TEACHER. I live this life daily. And I wouldn’t do anything else! But I also know daily I could end up in an active shooter situation.

Until we, as a country, are willing to get serious and talk about mental health issues, lack of available care for the mental health issues, lack of discipline in the home, horrendous lack of parental support when the schools are trying to control horrible behavior at school (oh no! Not MY KID. What did YOU do to cause my kid to react that way?), lack of moral values, and yes, I’ll say it-violent video games that take away all sensitivity to ANY compassion for others’ lives, as well as reality TV that makes it commonplace for people to constantly scream up in each others’ faces and not value any other person but themselves, we will have a gun problem in school. Our kids don’t understand the permanency of death anymore!!!

I fully agree with Mrs. Raley. Guns are not the problem. Something much deeper is at the root of these tragic events.

Because school shootings are a real risk, actions do need to be taken to keep students, teachers, and staff safe.

It appears that Florida is attempting to implement tools that may actually help.

On March 9, 2018, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act was signed into law in Florida. “The legislation outlines significant reforms to make Florida schools safer while keeping firearms out of the hands of mentally ill and dangerous individuals,” according to the Florida Department of Education. The law includes several provisions, including the creation of the Office of Safe Schools, the use of a mobile suspicious activity reporting tool, the establishment of a safety commission, new requirements for mental health services and training, safety assessments for each school, and requirements for a safe-school officer at each public school.

The Act also established the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, named after a coach who died while shielding students during the Parkland massacre. It allows some school employees to become qualified and trained to carry guns on school campuses. Teachers who exclusively perform classroom duties are not eligible. The exceptions are JROTC teachers, current members of armed services, and former law enforcement officers. Administrators, support staff, and professionals who do not work exclusively in classrooms are eligible to become guardians.

Guardians would have no authority except to respond with deadly force to “prevent or abate an active assailant incident on school premises,” according to the law. They do not have the authority to make arrests.

One school in Florida has decided to take a more aggressive approach to the guardian program.

At the Manatee School for the Arts in Palmetto, they aren’t taking any chances.

Principal Bill Jones recently explained the charter school’s security plan to the Bradenton Herald.

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