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Pasco County Schools: No plan to allow armed staff members

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PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – There are no plans to allow Pasco County Schools employees to carry firearms on school board property, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

Florida lawmakers passed a bill on Wednesday that would allow more teachers to carry guns in school. The bill is in response to last year’s massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School.

The measure that was passed expands on the existing guardian program to allow any teacher to volunteer to carry a weapon if their school district approves.

Pasco County Schools released a statement Thursday, citing numerous inquires about the district’s position on the law.

“Despite the likelihood of this bill being signed into law, there are no plans under consideration to allow any Pasco County Schools employees to carry firearms on school board property, unless they are employed for the specific purpose of protecting the security of students and staff,” the statement reads.

“In addition, no school board member has requested that the superintendent pursue allowing teachers or other non-security employees to carry firearms.”

Currently. school safety guards, the district’s director of safety and security and school resource officers are the only school board employees authorized to carry firearms on school board property.

The statement comes after Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins said on Thursday teachers in his district will not be carrying weapons. 

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