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Only cops can carry weapons on Florida school property. Here is one sheriff’s solution to that.
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Only cops can carry weapons on Florida school property. Here is one sheriff’s solution to that.

After shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a Polk County, Florida, school joined forces with Southeastern University and the Polk County Sheriff office's First Sheriff's Sentinel Program, which makes school staff volunteers "special deputies" to allow them to carry a firearm onto school property.

Florida law currently stipulates that anyone who is not a law enforcement officer may not carry a weapon onto school property.

What are the details?

WTVT-TV on Thursday reported that Webber International University and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd announced that the school would join the program, which was launched in 2017.

The Sentinel Program deputizes school staffers in order to allow them to carry weapons on school property after they undergo a rigorous training program, which, according to the station, "is more intense than what deputies experience."

"We're gonna send the message to those people that you're not coming onto a campus being the only person on the campus with a firearm," Judd said, according to WTVT. "Gun control is clearly in place on school campuses in the state of Florida. How did that work last week in Broward County?"

Judd added, "Everyone just has to ask themselves that question: My babies, your babies are in that classroom and that active shooter is coming down the hallway with that thousand-yard stare and that gun in their hand. Do you want somebody to step out and stop him? Or do you want him to go into that classroom and slaughter your babies?"

Southeastern University President Dr. Kent Ingle earlier in February told the station that the program "allows highly trained faculty and staff to be stationed literally all over the campus."

"They are carrying for the sole purpose, can engage an active shooter should he or she come on campus and try to create destruction," Ingle added.

According to WTVT, this is the second Florida school to join the program.

You can read more about the Sentinel Program here.

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