Polk sheriff: Schools without armed security should be called out

Polk County

WINTER HAVEN, Fla (WFLA) – Polk Sheriff Grady Judd was outraged when he learned that there are nearly 200 schools statewide that are still not providing armed security, as required by law.  

“They are ignoring the law. They are ignoring the safety and security of not only the students, but the staff,” Sheriff Judd said. “Shame on you, shame on you.”

The sheriff is a member of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission. Members of the commission met in Sunrise, in Broward County, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

NBC affiliate WPTV in West Palm Beach is reporting a survey conducted by the state found that 10 of Florida’s 67 school districts did not have law enforcement officers or full-time guards at each and every school this school year.

Sheriff Judd had a conversation with Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran about publicly naming the schools and the districts that are not in compliance. They have until August 1 before the names are released.

The sheriff cites a similar situation in Polk County where a single Montessori school refused to follow the law. He named the organization back in November.  

“I called them out publicly,” said Sheriff Judd. “And when the televisions and the newspapers put that in the public eye, the very next day they had coverage like the law required.”  

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