Principal intends to protect students at any cost with armed guards

Principal intends to protect students at any cost with armed guards
Guards at a Florida school are carrying long guns. (Source: NBC)

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (KAIT/NBC) - The image of armed guards carrying long guns at a Tampa Bay area school has some parents shocked.

After last year’s shooting at Stoneman Douglas, all schools in Florida are required to have a guardian on campus.

Most guardians will carry handguns.

As NBC reports, charter school principal Bill Jones said he wants his guardians to have equal power.

They are the first in the nation to do so.

Jones says he’ll do whatever it takes to protect his students.

“You have to ask yourself a question. Why would I not equip the guardian with at least the equivalent firepower that someone is very likely to walk in the door with? I want them to be able to come down on that person, disarm them. Stop the threat immediately or terminate,” Jones said.

One guard is working on campus now.

The second is expected to join after training this week.

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