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Florida School Shooting Panel Recommends Arming Teachers

florida school shooting suspect nikolas cruz sits in the courtroom for issues dealing with procedural motions.

Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 12 December 2018 10:56 PM

The panel investigating the shooting massacre at a Florida high school earlier this year recommends arming teachers to stop future shootings.

According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School panel's suggestions to improve school security include putting guns into the hands of teachers, beefing up security, and employing better law enforcement tactics.

The committee's 407-page report is not yet final, according to the Sentinel, but it found that law enforcement officers failed to rush into the school when the shooting was happening. School officials also did not alert students and staff members about the shooting with a "code red" warning quickly enough, and doors that should have been locked were not.

Arming teachers would involve strict background checks and firearms training. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd was on the post-shooting panel and told the Sentinel, "In the ideal world, we shouldn't need anyone on campus with a gun, but that's not the world we live in today. One's not enough. Two's not enough. We need multiple people in order to protect the children."

A school resource officer who was on the campus at the time of the shooting did not enter the building and ultimately resigned. On Wednesday, a judge ruled that a wrongful death lawsuit filed against him can move forward despite the officer's claim that he had no legal duty to protect students and faculty from harm.

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