The St. Lucie County sheriff is beefing up the law enforcement presence at every school in the county after the Valentine’s Day massacre in Parkland.
Sheriff Ken Mascara announced yesterday that every school in the county is now protected by at least one armed deputy.
Sheriff Ken Mascara and St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent announced this morning that deputies will now be placed at all St. Lucie County public elementary schools. https://t.co/C3t0bFLI0e
— Florida Sheriffs (@FLSheriffs) March 6, 2018
There were already two school resource officers at every high school and one at every middle school, and now there is one at every elementary school as well.
Mascara said his office wanted to do something now to make parents and students feel safe because “immediate solutions are not coming from Washington or Tallahassee.”
Meanwhile, a school safety program is up for a vote today in the Florida House.
During a marathon debate yesterday, Democrats voiced their opposition to the marshal program that allows the arming of school personnel who get law enforcement training.
They offered dozens of amendments and Republicans shot down every one of them.
Lawmakers also defeated an amendment by pro-gun conservatives who tried to prevent any of the changes included in the safety program, such as raising the minimum age to purchase guns.
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