Leon County School Board votes in favor of resolution against arming teachers

Published: Mar. 28, 2018 at 1:04 AM EDT
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By: Alicia Turner | WCTV Eyewitness News

March 28, 2018

TALLAHASSEE Fla. (WCTV) -- Tuesday night, the Leon County School Board signed off on a resolution against arming teachers.

"I feel relieved," one teacher said.

The resolution was met with a standing ovation, with some board members saying the decision was simple.

“Where ABC's are supposed to be taught and the 1,2,3 and then they have to have a gun on their hip maybe. I say no,” said board member Georgia “Joy” Bowen.

"We don't want anyone to make a mistake," said Rosanne Woods of the school board.

While the board voted for the resolution unanimously, Dee Dee Rasmussen did have a comment for those who don’t agree with it.

"We have to learn to listen to them, and maybe they will listen to us, and we can work together to keep our children safe. I don't think for one second that there is any citizen in this county that wants for our children to be shot in school; but they may have a different opinion about how to approach that," Rasmussen said.

Evan Power is the Leon County GOP Chair, he said he doesn’t agree with the board choosing to turn down the option to arm teachers.

"We're not talking about arming teachers. The opt-in that they could do is to train non-classroom employees to be trained at the same level of police officers, so they can respond if the school is under attack," Power said.

By opting out of arming teachers, the district will have to pay more than $1 million for an armed deputy at every school, something they say they don’t have the money for.