Okeechobee County School board votes to allow teachers to carry guns in classrooms
Okeechobee, Fl- Teachers in Okeechobee County public schools will be allowed to carry guns inside classrooms. The school board voted on Wednesday night to revise its policy to allow teachers who volunteer, complete an application, are approved by the superintendent and sheriff, and complete all hiring requirements to be assigned to a training program.
Once that training is complete, those teachers will be allowed to carry a concealed weapon on campus.
The Okeechobee County School District and the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office have already opted into the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program under the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which was passed last year.
Through that program, school staff members who are not teachers can train to carry concealed weapons on school campuses. The new measure passed Wednesday night would allow teachers to carry guns inside classrooms to protect students.
The Okeechobee County School District recently surveyed students, parents, school board employees, and other community members to see if they wanted the Guardian Program to expand to allow teachers to carry firearms on school campuses. 543 people said yes, while 336 said no.