Florida moves one step closer to arming classroom teachers

Kyle Savage, an elementary school teacher from Brevard County, said he served as a military police officer in the U.S. Army, participating in  service missions where he accompanied foreign dignitaries, Congressional delegations and other officials on trips in the Middle East.

“I am also the classroom teacher who has no interest in carrying a weapon,” Savage said.

Savage, and other teachers and advocates came to the Capitol Thursday to urge lawmakers not to allow classroom teachers to have guns at school. But they lost the fight, at least for today. …

The Florida Education Association — the statewide teacher’s union — wasn’t happy about the legislation. “We think this issue is a real Pandora’s box that has the potential to release all kinds of trouble into our schools — firearm accidents, guns lost or stolen, injuries to unintended targets. Guns and kids don’t mix,” said FEA President Fedrick Ingram.

Florida moves one step closer to arming classroom teachers