Hillsborough County School Board votes against arming teachers

Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County School Board members unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday that takes a stand against SB 7030.

The Florida Senate education committee approved Senate Bill 7030, moving it closer to a full legislative vote. The bill contains provisions that will allow teachers to carry guns on school campuses. The resolution board members signed goes against that part of the bill.

Hillsborough County is home to the 8th largest school district in the country and school board members argue SB 7030 will not make students, teachers and staff safer. 

8 On Your Side spoke with several board members almost exactly a year ago about arming teachers. 

“I think that they should provide the funding and resources for us to prevent people from even coming into our schools,” said school board member Tamara Shamburger shortly after the Parkland mass shooting a year ago. 

School board member Lynn Gray added, “Teachers are not used to having a militant stance on issues.”

State law already requires armed security guards on every school campus, but the proposed bill will take it further. 

Superintendent Jeff Eakins said the district needs $7 million on top of the $10 million already coming in from the state to help enhance school security. 

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