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Majority Says Teachers Should be Armed, County to Vote on Adding SROs

HERNANDO – On the heels of every mass shooting, like the horrific tragedy last week at a South Florida High School, politicians run to their respective podiums, screaming “More Gun Control” or “Support the Second Amendment.”

Politicizing terrible tragedies committed at the hands of extremists, the mentally ill, or just evil human beings, is a sad but all too common occurrence in our country, but it does open dialogue on what can be done to prevent future mass shootings, especially those in our public schools.

One side believes semi-automatic long-rifles, or assault weapons, as they are often misclassified, should be banned. The other side says everyone should “Arm up,” believing that the best defense is to encourage law abiding citizens to carry firearms.

Last week, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd proposed arming teachers in every Florida school. Although the radical idea has not come without oppositions, surprisingly, most seem to be in favor of having an armed presence in public schools.

The majority of RNRF viewers say “yes” to arming teachers on a voluntary basis. According to a recent survey, 83% of nearly 2,300 people polled say teachers should be allowed to carry a firearm on school campus. And that’s exactly what Lawmakers in Tallahassee are currently debating in Committee.

The Hernando Board of County Commission Met this morning to discuss implementing School Recourse Officers in every school. Currently, only Hernando County High Schools have armed Sheriff’s Office Recourse Officers, but officials say it’s time to put them in every school.

Prior to this morning’s BOCC meeting, I spoke to Chairman Steve Champion on the issue and he strongly supported immediate action to place SRO’s in all schools. Champion also agreed with properly trained staff having the right to carry firearms in schools. “It’s painful to hear that we have 10 elementary schools with no SROs and no armed protection for our children in the county,” said Champion.

Hernando County School Board Chairman Mark Johnson agreed with the proposal and tells RNRF, “I think Grady Judd’s idea has an awful lot of merit.” Johnson also spoke during this morning’s BOCC meeting to outline District’s current SRO budget. The District currently spends $677,749 for 14 SROs, says Johnson, but County Administrator Len Sossaman explains that the County covers the cost of 5 of the 14.

Sheriff Al Nienhuis says he would need an additional $600,000 to train and employee 10 new SROs for the next school year.

I asked Neinhuis if he supported Grady Judd’s push to train and arm school staff, but he declined to comment.

Officials expect the total budget shared between the County and School District to be between 1.2 and 1.3 million.

Commissioners plan to vote on the proposal during the next BOCC meeting on February 27th.

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  • Qunesha Rasheedaw! You go love your comments good stuff well said! By the way I’m guessing you’re a female but either way my fellow American whether we agree on everything or not you are still my American sister or brother as we all are whether we like it or not but in any case well said love your stuff always do and I always let you know peace

    Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 5:30 pm
  • ParentHCCares, yes exactly exactly it’s okay for the Libby’s to crash riot burn pilfer and pillage but only when it involves their agenda double standard two-faced hypocrites, yeah no writing or any of that after Obama was elected because they were all running around with tears of joy waiting on their new kitchens new cars new houses new bathrooms blah blah blah how’d that work out for you Libby’s where’s all those free kitchens and houses remember you didn’t build that you didn’t build that freaking idiot that he is and was, Obama=’d One Big Ass Mistake America! Thank God he’s out and stays out forever and ever until the end of time, I still have a knot in my stomach watching Oprah crying on stage in Chicago or wherever the hell it was crying tears of joy for our then new president who had ties and friends to who Bill Ayers George Soros wow the stupid sheeples if any of them had only done a little homework oh Lordy wow I’m living in the Stone Age I need to come back to reality sorry about the rant anyway you’ve been hitting home runs all day keep up the good work love your comments!!!

    Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 5:14 pm
  • Jerry Lawler who cares? Well damn sir some of us do just curious do you care about anyting? Not throwing darts at you brother but like what’s that all about who cares? Oh also to Floridumb, I thought Michael Obama fixed all that the meals in the school’s you know you know those great meals that my son who’s in high school won’t even eat because it’s about maybe on the grade of the food slop that is that they feed you in prison yes and I said Michael on purpose cuz she’s a tranny ( he scuse me it )is a tranny but yeah good ole Michael Obama fixed the made it all good and healthy what a freaking joke what a damn joke like this liberal tranny needs to stand up here and tell us what and how to feed our kids government had their way they would tell us how to do everything which well they’re working on it very rapidly as we go through each day the end is near folks that’s all I gots to say

    Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 12:26 pm
  • PROTECT OUR CHILDREN AT ALL COST, I believe there is plenty of retired good police officers and Military who have the training already they need to have an extensive psychological evaluation and let’s put them in our schools, also the same with teachers there’s nothing wrong with a teacher being armed of course they need to go through an extensive psychological evaluation and if they have any psychological crap in their past then they don’t carry, we don’t need every teacher packing heat but a few in each School is a great idea of course we have to come up with a way to secure the weapon probably a special drawer in their desk with a fingerprint scanner could be a answer. Forget about putting metal detectors in the school those are useless yeah they will go off but then somebody just pulls out their gun and does what they were going to do so metal detectors are useless we need armed people in our school it really sucks and it’s really sad that the world has come to this

    Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 11:32 am
  • We need Grady Judd to clone himself because we could use that guy everywhere I would love to see that guy be president also are Sheriff and a bunch of other things the guy’s just got it right he’s got it together love that guy Grady Judd you are the man you possess all the qualities of good old-fashioned America Grady Judd rocks

    Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 10:35 am
    • So true! Joe Arapio is another one. If our soldiers can live in tents so can our prisoners.

      Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 1:43 pm
  • Unforgiven you are spot on you are spot on, right on the money, all part of the evil plan the agenda, all part of the coming chaos and New World Order all of it is tied together we could talk for hours, people were supposed to be armed to avoid a tyrannical government or tyranny, look at Chicago and New York the two anti-gun state’s highest shooting rates in the country yeah makes a lot of sense take away the guns what a crock of crap good job to you sir well said again your spot on

    Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 10:34 am
  • Can’t we take all this supposed Lottery money and put maybe couple armed Marines at the doors of our schools pay for more officers at our schools address the entryways there’s so many things so so many ways so many ideas so many common sense fixes to this it’s beyond me, don’t get me wrong I don’t have all the answers I’m just an average Joe but I’ll say this again the killing of any person is a choice made by the perpetrator. It is a choice

    Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 8:40 am
  • All an agenda and a push to disarm the people once the people of this country are disarmed oh God help us people look out

    Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 8:36 am
  • Arm all of them I felt that way for a long time problem is it won’t happen but we do have the right to kill babies right?

    Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 8:35 am
  • ParentHCCares, you are nailing it out of the BALLPARK!!! Spot on! couldn’t be said better! As I heard someone wants say far-left Liberals are just great and fine and dandy until you disagree with them and then they feel like they almost have the right to kill you!

    Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 8:33 am
    • Thank you! Exactly, after Trump was elected who was out causing riots and mayhem, oh yes, the liberals. You didn’t see that after Obama was elected. So again I say, who is trying to impose their beliefs on the citizens!!!

      Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 1:48 pm
  • Here is an excerpt from the book “Behold A Pale Horse” written by William Cooper. This is from 1991 and appears on page 225. This further cements the discussion concerning gun control in this country.

    “The government encouraged the manufacture and importation of firearms for the criminals to use. This is intended to foster a feeling of insecurity, which would lead the American people to voluntarily disarm themselves by passing laws against firearms. Using drugs and hypnosis on mental patients in a process called Orion, the CIA inculcated the desire in these people to open fire on schoolyards and thus inflame the anti-gun lobby. This plan is well under way, and so far is working perfectly. The middle class is begging the government to do away with the 2nd Amendment.”

    Note also the “shooter” was on psychotropic medication and was under a psychiatrists care.

    Do The Research!!!!!!!

    They Want The GUNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 6:08 am
    • Let’s not forget history. Leaders like Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, and Mao Zedong. The 2nd Amendment was written so citizens could defend themselves against a tyrannical government. I understand the belief that if we banned guns then they would be harder to get and therefore there would be less deaths because even one death is to many. However, I point out that even though drugs are illegal they are still used frequently. Criminals will always find a way to accomplish their evil tasks. So by banning guns, you have only accomplished leaving law abiding citizens defenseless. How many more lives would then be lost!!!!! For those of you who want to ban guns, I say then why don’t you stop locking your house and car doors. That would make it easier for criminals to rob you. Doesn’t make logical sense does it. It’s the same principle for banning guns. Why make it easier for criminals???

      Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 2:15 pm
  • To parent HC cares wow how perfectly said couldn’t have even imagine saying it better you are so dead on absolutely 100% perfectly spot-on

    Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 12:52 am
    • Thank you!!! 🙂

      Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 2:17 am
  • What the freak I ask this all the time where’s that gosh darn Lottery money we’re a bunch of stupid sheep being lied to at every angle possible 365 degrees

    Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 12:49 am
    • A couple of months ago I posed the question of “where does all of the Lottery Money go”? I went to google and did some research and it seemed to me, after reading the article a large amount of the money goes those kids who cannot afford to go to college. I remember many, many years ago the public was told that the money made from the lottery would be used for “EDUCATION”. That seems like a winning idea to me but if you are having these young adults in high school, getting killed as if they were in War, unarmed, there won’t be too many youths who will ever get to go to college. The Lottery Commission can’t even use a small portion of the money to buy books, pencils, copy paper and other basic school supplies, and they have to beg for computers. Maybe someone can look into exactly where the Lottery money goes and we may be able to pay for all of the schools in several Counties.

      Thursday, 22 February 2018, 10:42 am
  • Liberals are “Pro-choice” saying it is the mothers right to choose if the infant lives or dies. On guns, they are “pro-choice” saying they get to choose if I live or die. Wow, skewed version of a citizens rights. It is only right if “they” choose. Give teachers the right to choose. No one is forcing them to carry a firearm. Unlike liberals who want to force people to accept more limits on their “CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.” 2ND Amendment advocates believe all citizens should have the right to choose what method of DEFENSE they use. Liberals only want to take away your rights when they disagree with those rights except on the topics of drugs and abortion. Conservatives want to keep your rights except on the topics of drugs and abortion. Independants meet in the middle and want to keep your rights within logical restrictions.

    Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 12:38 am
    • When your only tool is politics, everything looks like a political problem. Sad to see people like ParentHCCares using this tragedy to drive their political agendas.

      Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 10:08 am
      • I am NOT using this tragedy to drive a political agenda. That would be the liberals. Pot kettle black. Every time there is a tragedy the liberals come out screaming for gun banning. If it was such a concern why didn’t the liberals change gun laws while they had control of the Congress under Obama? Exactly! All I am doing is trying to point out the logical facts concerning my 2nd Amendment rights as an American citizen to DEFEND myself with firearms. Men are inherently stronger then women, therefore I want a firearm to level the playing field. Lets not forget the neighbor Stephen Willeford who used his “automatic weapon” (the same ones liberals want banned) to stop the Texas church shooter. If only he had been inside the church with his weapon how many lives would have been saved? I CHOOSE not to be raped or murdered by criminals. Liberals are trying to take away my rights to CHOOSE to live safe!!!!! I ask, if someone broke into your residence to rape and murder you, would you want a firearm to defend yourself or would you just HOPE to be able to call the police and HOPE they got there in time to save you? I CHOOSE to defend myself instead of HOPING!!!!

        Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 2:43 pm
        • Please stop your political ranting. If you actually read my comments, you would see I never said anything about gun control. This was a very specific topic about arming teachers in schools, which is simply an ineffective solution that will not work. Sure, teachers can get training. They can get a gun. But in the heat of the actual event, with their adrenaline pumping and their inexperienced hands shaking, that hand gun will stand no chance against a deranged shooter with an AR-15 pumping off 600 rounds per minute. Will most likely just get them killed. We need trained professionals in there. They are better equipped to managed the stress and have direct radio contact to call for additional support. No need to call 911.

          Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 9:17 pm
          • My political ranting, lol!!!! You have very low regard for those of us trained in proper firearm usage. Who says they are inexperienced? You? So police and military personnel shake when they first use their weapons? Those trained in firearms have spent countless hours training! And, you think police and military personnel are not also nervous in combat? In a combat situation training kicks in. Yes ex-military would be wonderful but why not teachers as well if they choose!!!! I rather be able to fire back then be a defenseless target!!! If a deranged lunatic is coming at me with a firearm I would much rather have a firearm to defend myself (as a prior teacher) and the students instead of HOPING the trained personnel arrive or I have the option to throw a stapler at them. Sooo…because you THINK a teacher would not be able to use a firearm against a lunatic well THEN by gosh they should not be armed!!! Proves my point exactly, we should do as you say because you THINK your right! Who cares about my 2nd Amendment rights to DEFEND MYSELF!!! I DO!!! Lastly, if that deranged lunatic is going to kill them, WHY not give them a FIGHTING chance with a firearm. Oh right, because YOU said they are incompetent with a firearm. Glad you made their choice for them. NOT!!!!!

            Thursday, 22 February 2018, 12:35 am
  • Arming teachers is not the answer. Teachers have the same feelings as any other person. They also have an extremely stressful job. You can’t say that there is no way that an overly stressed teacher tired of dealing with ungrateful students would never harm a child. Put veterans and beef up security but don’t arm the teachers. They are there to teach and if they have to be aware of what is going on in their surroundings 24/7 they can’t properly do their job which is to teach to students.

    Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 11:17 pm
    • Every job is stressful. You can’t say that an overly stressed teacher wouldn’t hurt a child now, so because they would be armed they are going to pull out a weapon and shoot a student? Serious lack of faith in gun owners. Lastly, it is everyone’s personal responsibility to be aware of their surroundings 24/7 to ensure their own safety. Otherwise, you are just walking blindly through life hoping not to get hurt! Very irresponsible. Become self reliant not dependant on others to protect yourself. Great lesson for children.

      Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 2:24 am
    • REALITY is our children need all the protection they can get, in South Florida a few teachers died shielding students, it would have been nice if they had been carrying a piece to end the shooting right then n there

      Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 11:14 am
  • As Americans why aren’t we looking at what the best way to do things are?

    Instead we are acting like drunk gamblers chasing losses.

    The best countries do things different.

    We’ve been on the drunk more guns, voodoo econ for years.

    If we’re the best, the strongest. We admit we’re wrong, retool and move on.

    But, with all the hypnotized lemmings who refuse to attempt to incorporate new info… As demonstrated consistently below, we’re stuck with more shootings, more problems lower wages, while the world passes is by.

    Facts are stubborn things..

    Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 11:06 pm
    • Sad to say but as the cash from the gun industry rolls in, politicians will continue to ignore science, and the sheep will believe what they are told to think will continue to allow the slaughter of pour fellow citizens.

      Its time to think about how good we can be instead of letting fear win.

      Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 12:07 am
      • Lobbiests for the NRA are powerful legal bribery

        Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 11:17 am
    • If you think all these other countries are so amazing then PLEASE go live there but you can’t take your American constitional rights with you. You obviously feel that America is not the best country and for those of us who truly love this country we do not appreciate your lack of respect! Lastly, facts are stubborn things because you can’t change them to suit your misguided notions and if you knew any you might be surprised.

      Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 2:33 am
      • What happened to all the Hollywood elites that were moving out of the country after Trump was elected? Arm everyone, an armed society is a peaceful society.

        Friday, 23 February 2018, 1:05 am
  • Who cares?

    Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 7:32 pm
  • never had this problem out west,only had to worry about was Indians. give everyone guns.

    Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 7:22 pm
  • I think all the people on disability & public assistance should be required to take turns volunteering at our schools to help keep the kids safe. Most of these people are healthy enough to go on vacations, go to dinner, to the beach, out dancing . So , why not make them pay back what they are getting? Train them to be on school grounds looking out for the safety of the future.

    Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 7:14 pm
    • Love it!

      Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 11:32 pm

      Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 11:44 pm

      Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 8:21 am
      • The typos in the above are because of cell phone signal interruptions.

        Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 8:31 am
        • Of course “Me” is not referring to those on disability who are legitimately disabled. They are referring to those who abuse the system. And there are many who do abuse the welfare system in this country. Unfortunately when they do it costs taxpayers AND those who legitimately need assistance. Waste, fraud and abuse all need to be fixed and as it seems like you are one of those who legitimately need assistance then you should be concerned about fixing the problem too.

          Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 2:55 pm
        Of course NOT ALL can do this!!! Your babbling has nothing to do with the idea, this is a serious matter, not a place for you to seek sympathy!! YOU are the last person I want to carry a gun in one hand and a cigarette in the other, that ox can will blow up!
        I wish you well!!

        Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 11:24 am
        • @protect out children, WHAT A RUDE COMMENT!!! TO ASSUME ELS is looking for sympathy is ludicrous , unless you personally know him. You just made an a $$ out if yourself. Having had two of my relatives die from agent orange and served their country, makes me real proud of your assumtion! IF YOU THINK EVERYONE THAT DISABLED WANTS TO BE, I am quite sure they don’t . Yep probably some frauds out there. SURE WOULD NOT WANT YOU CARrying A GUN. Sound like a loose cannon. Shame on you!

          Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 2:33 pm
        • I DON’T WANT ANY SYMPATHY FROM ANYONE HERE. AND I DIDN’T BRING UP CIGARETTES BUT YOU DID. THERE ARE OTHER REASONS FOR COPD, JUST SO YOU KNOW. YES, I’ve personally witnessed folks taking advantage of ” the system “. Try our last hurricane for instance. It will take YEARS for gov’t to recover from thieves who took advantage of programs they were not entitled to. Or maybe check food stamp office & watch cadillacs pull up dropping off folks sporting a ton of gold & diamond jewelry. I KNOW HOW MUCH YOU ENJOY FEELING SUPERIOR TO OTHERS BY YOUR COMMENTS SO I WILL LEAVE YOU TO IT. DO REMEMBER ONE THING-ANY WEAPON YOU USE CAN ALSO BE TURNED AROUND ON YOU. THAT’S A FACT.

          Thursday, 22 February 2018, 12:52 am
  • Yeah. Because schools don’t need new textbooks or real food in the cafeteria, what they need guns everywhere.

    Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 7:09 pm
    • You mean like Michelle Obama’s lunch food liberal plan that all the kids hated and wouldn’t eat.

      Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 11:31 pm
  • Just reading this article indicates the mindset of RNRF. For example, “According to a recent survey, 83% of nearly 2,300 people polled say teachers should be allowed to carry a firearm on school campus”. Where’s your source? I suspect you were surveying a right-wing skewed segment of the population. As a 34 year veteran teacher, I can tell you how absurd, dangerous, and useless it would be to arm teachers. Teachers are paid and trained to teach.
    They are not prepared to be warriors during armed attacks. We need to eliminate weapons that are designed to kill multiple people in a short period of time. Armor piercing ammunition is for fighting wars and for law enforcement, not for personal protection.

    Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 6:02 pm
    • Wow, hope you are NO longer influencing our children in ANY way. Please stay home with your cats!!! And pray you are never attacked because how exactly would you defend yourself? By yelling NO. Won’t work. So the criminals can get these “weapons to kill multiple people and armor piercing bullets” but I as a law abiding citizen have to use my words. Give me a break. You ever hear the saying don’t bring a knife to a gun fight. Logic overrules your emotional unintelligent excuses as to why you want to take away my rights for what you THINK is best. Just like a liberal, everyone should do as you say! Your students must have hated your attitude that you know all and therefore everyone must do as you say. The power of that corrupted your brain! As a teacher, I respected my students and therefore they respected me. I didn’t have to be an authoritarian!!!

      Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 11:29 pm
    • All teachers would not be armed. It would only be those that volunteer and get trained and licensed for concealed carry. It is an excellent idea and is working in other states.
      As a teacher, you should be teaching the students about the Constitution and their rights under that Constitution, not inputting your personal preferences. Yes, you are allowed to have a voice in America, but not a personal opinion while you are teaching. That is what is wrong with all government schools today. and especially in higher education. Teachers are teaching their opinions, not real history, civics and what it truly means to be an American and to be free.

      Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 11:31 pm
      • So true!!!

        Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 2:14 am
      • Mine are both in HS. I really think the sole objective if schools is to dumb down the students so they believe the liberal vomit from the left. One of the best social studies teachers in the Hernando is Mr King at Challenger. A tell it like it is, straight shooter. No pun intended, what happened to book reports, homework , reading , writing etc. if the children are busy, there will be no time for them to get in trouble.

        Maybe bring the Nuns back to teach. I went to Catholic school in NY. If you miss behaved , you got a walk on the hand with the metal edge of the ruler .

        Friday, 23 February 2018, 1:14 am
  • One way in one way out with medal detectors and armed maybe retired leos or plenty of military retired like they do in inner city schools. Remember Timothy McVeigh used fuel oil and fertilizer. Rawanda machetes 800,000 dead 3 months…. Just a thought were are not seeing this whith schools with medal detectors and security..Just an idea…

    Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 4:46 pm
  • Adding guns in schools would be great in theory, however, in reality would not work. Most Teachers are Liberals to say the least and couldn’t embrace the idea of being a gun owner. Let alone defending themselves or others. What we need is each household to have a nice bare, green stick off the tree in the back yard to teach RESPECT for just about everything once again. Maybe put the Lord back in your homes where there is always a higher authority to answer to other than a distracted and over worked parent. Maybe focus on the family core instead of our disposal relationships of the past 25 years. Also maybe keep what happens in your Bedrooms in your bedrooms with the doors shut. Just a few suggestions to upset my Liberal friends because I know they don’t like to be told what to do.

    Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 4:44 pm
    • I agree with most of your comments. However, there are some conservative teachers in Hernando County. My granddaughter goes to school here and her favorite teachers have been conservatives.

      Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 11:33 pm
      • Hence, that is why I started my 2nd sentence out with the words ” Most”.

        Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 6:54 am
  • Teachers are there to teach, not protect. Police are paid to protect. Not just a gun issue. Police are trained in more than just using a gun. They are trained to defuse tense situations and keep a level head in the heat of an emergency. Put a minimum of two SROs at every school.

    We pay no state or local income tax, and my property rate is dirt cheap. I’m fine with paying more for SROs if it means our kids and teachers will be safe and we can keep our guns.

    Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 4:37 pm
    • I agree with you..

      Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 5:38 pm
    • Even 2 SRO’s would not be enough. Yes most teachers are liberals and would not carry a gun. But not all! Those teachers who would carry their personal weapons should also be trained. Why limit our children’s safety to 1 or 2 people. Most police arrive after an incident. It is our responsibility to defend ourselves during an incident until help can arrive. Gun free zones are easy targets for evil individuals. The more protection you have the safer you will be. Personally, I would request that my children be put in a classroom with a teacher carrying a weapon. That way they would not be a sitting duck if a situation arose. Also, many children are trained in firearm usage, so even if that teacher is shot and cannot fire back, the students could use that weapon to defend themselves. Most of these issues stem from a lack of parenting. Respect and self responsibility are no longer taught to our children. They are taught to be victims and blame everyone else for their problems. The downfall of the American family started when mothers had to work and could no longer be the glue that kept families together. Yes, women are equal but different and I am a woman who misses how women were treated and respected. Stay at home mothers are disrespected and put down by liberals. Family values are hard to find. We as a country need to place value on family and self reliance.

      Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 6:39 pm
    • Sophia, police are not “paid” to protect. They are “paid” to enforce laws and investigate crimes. Your safety and well being is your responsibility.

      Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 4:48 am
      • Protect and serve…geez

        Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 4:35 pm
  • Arming teachers is not the answer. Every confrontation with students will be armed and most teachers do not know how to protect themselves and their weapons. They should have two SRO’s on campus. One at the front desk and one monitoring a “REAL TIME” camera system. It is not not the responsibility of the SRO’s to teach students about drugs and bullying. That is for the staff and the parents.

    Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 4:27 pm
  • Tom, can you get a copy of the sheriff’s proposed budget? The school system already has money troubles. Or a copy of how “officials” came up with a total budget of $1.2mm? Allowing teacher to be armed is a less expensive option providing better coverage.

    Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 3:41 pm
  • Absolutely is not the answer to make teachers feel the need to carry. My god they work a thankless job as it is and now with the responsibility to carry. I still can’t wrap around my head how this will prevent future shootings???? Please tell me. If a mass shooter comes on campus with a semi automatic and takes out the teacher first now he still has the rest of the classroom at his mercy. Come on people. Yes we need stricter gun carrying laws. There is no reason that justifies a 20 yo carrying an assault rifle unless it be for work or some justified purpose. And the age should be dictated just like 18 to smoke and 21 to drink 16 to drive. We NEED better security, make more people aware and limit bulky items into the school and where people can enter and exit. I have to smfh at some of you people lets look at the bigger picture. And just wait until one student gets a hold of a teachers gun and shoots another student cause he/she is having a bad day. What excuse will it be then? People need to think smarter.

    Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 3:38 pm
    • So make gun laws more strict but let’s arm teachers so there are more guns to access? Hmmmmmmm.

      Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 3:42 pm
    • First of all, school’s don’t have “one” teacher. If a shooter did take out a teacher first then there would also be any number of other teachers who could stop the assailant. Also your age restriction idea would change absolutely nothing, so what the guy waits an extra couple years. Upping security would be a good thing and should be done, along with arming teachers or have trained professionals on campuses who are also armed. As for your concern of a student taking a teacher’s gun, if there actually were a student who would fight the teacher and take the gun from them then what in the world makes you think they couldn’t get a gun elsewhere to do the same thing? What I “smfh” is how you think you’re actually the smart one here.

      Also P.S. There are countries that already arm teachers to defend against such attacks.

      Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 4:17 pm
      • Isreal is armed dont know wich one and train harder than there police force….

        Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 4:51 pm
      • The point being is giving teachers a gun is not going make a difference. A person who has intentions to kill even kills one that is too many. And yeah I know their is more than one teacher but a shooter walks into a classroom full of students and take out a teacher by the time a response of another teacher one to many lives already taken. Have one even 2 security on a campus is crazy. Their response time probably couldn’t be realistic on a campus of 3000 students. Your right you cant necessarily put an age but if putting an age say 30 to possess Semi auto and that brings crime down 5 percent better than it was before. I am not saying dont arm teachers but people are solely acting like that is the answer and its not. Alot of things need to happen.

        Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 8:23 pm
        • Laws are for the law abiding citizens and NO amount of restricting guns is going to stop someone with evil intent. The best that we can do is arm ourselves to at least give ourselves a fighting chance.

          Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 12:15 am
    • At the end you say people need to think smarter. You might start with yourself. First, no teacher would be MADE to carry. It would all be voluntary. As far as a student getting a hold of a teachers gun, does the word “concealed” mean anything to you? If you have a concealed carry permit, it is unlawful to just leave the gun laying around or make it accessible to others. The teacher would have it concealed so there is no reason that anyone would even know that teacher is carrying, except those in authority that should know. I guess you would rather have the children wait for the police, which could take 5-10 minutes. Do you know how many people could be killed in that time, even with a single shot gun? Too many! One thing that needs to be done, is take down all the “Gun Free Zone” signs. That is a white flag to any perpetrator.

      Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 11:43 pm
  • Why not do the smart thing, what midst of our allies do?

    Gun control works in every other county.

    Obviously in America today, we have lids of purple who don’t read and don’t think, and believe the pure myth that more guns make us safe.

    If course there is little, if any evidence for goo myths, and plenty of evidence that gun control v works.

    Canada is real. So is Australia, Europe, etc. The gop clearly Hates America.

    Why else do they consistently support policies that make us weaker?

    Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 3:12 pm
    • Gun Control works in Other countries because other countries do not have the American Constitution. There is always a give and take. Countries that have once had Guns elected to give up theirs guns but have also sacrificed some of their civil liberties. Those countries that have never allowed gun have had less freedoms. The question is not what you are willing to give up, but what your neighbor is willing to give up for his safety in someone elses hands.

      Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 4:25 pm
    • “Gun control works in every other country”. How did that work in France again? Why do politicians and celebrities have armed guards if it doesn’t make anybody safer? Why in the world do you think a criminal will follow the law? We can’t stop drugs and people from crossing the boarder but you think we’ll be able to stop guns from doing so.

      So in your world it’s essentially ok for criminals to be armed and law biding citizens shouldn’t. I get that you are a literal know nothing hack that sits in his basement with a tinfoil hat on and no amount of logic and reasoning could ever convince you of anything. I just wish you would leave the country and go to one of your magnificent uptopia’s instead of trying to drag everyone else down with you like a cancer.

      Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 4:26 pm
    • You are such a liberal troll! Other countries have all had violent crime upswing since guns have been restricted. You spout that you have facts yet NEVER actually post any real studies. On average, guns are used over 1.5 million times a year in self defense and roughly 40,000 (this number includes suicide, self defense, accidents, and murder, etc.) people die by guns. Which is the greater number? Those who died by guns or those lives saved by guns? Over 150,000 women a year use a gun to defend themselves against sexual assault . Would you rather they be assaulted like New Years 2015/2016 Cologne Germany where approximately 1200 sexual assualts occured in one night. Why don’t you go live in Chicago where they have extremely strict guns laws! And, how do you explain the mass shootings in schools in Germany, France, etc. Also, the use of vehicles and bombs. Do you want to ban vehicles also? Criminals will always find a way to do evil acts, you can’t regulate them into compliance. That is why they are evil. Your ignorance is life threatening! Lastly, it has nothing to do with republicans or democrats BUT has everything to do with my 2nd Amendment right to protect myself!

      Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 5:02 pm
      • You’re a Russian troll whose ignorance proves you hate America.

        Three is zero reason to believe someone as brainwashed as yourself.

        There is1 no gun control debate. It’s a matter of how dumb you want to be.

        That’s for all the sheep above.

        Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 10:34 pm
        • Wow, your the one who says all the other countries are better then ours so why don’t you go and live in one of these utopias. Me a Russian troll, hah!!! Now you sound like a Democrat “Russia, Russia,Russia.”Where’s the illegal Russian activity, oh right, the Clinton’s paying the Russians and receiving money from them. I truly love this country and thank the military and those who have fought to keep this country free!!! God bless America!!! Lastly, my ignorance? Well, I have asked before for you to state any facts defending your position….still none. I however have posted many. So I ask, who is the ignorant one?

          Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 2:46 am
    • You need to start your research over. Australia has found out taking guns doesn’t work, and they are letting people have them again. The people in Europe are asking for their guns back to defend themselves against the invasion that their leaders perpetrated in the last few years. Government statistics have found that more guns equals less crime. Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, and look at them. Maybe you should spend a weekend on the south side there sometime, so you can get a taste of reality.

      Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 11:50 pm
      • Nancy, you are absolutely right, they should go to south side of Chicago, wouldn’t last an hour. Drive thru the south side at night, and see how many red lights you will run just to try and make it out alive. As poster stated above, THEY JUST WANT ALL THE GUNS. History does repeat itself. JIMBO LOVE AMERICA or leave it,I have in fact lost way too many family fighting for your right to post whatever, at this point you sound like a babbling idiot who hates Ametica.You would be the sheeple , not us. So when you leaving? You won’t be missed.

        Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 12:25 pm
      • Do you have any idea on actual numbers of gun deaths in every other developed country?
        Here are some…USA 10.54 per 100,000 people, France 2.83, Australia 0.93, UK 0.23…I can continue. do you see the pattern? USA has around 15 times more guns per more per capita, than the UK …yes 15 times, yet there are 50 times more deaths by guns. So more guns make us safe, right …lol? Please open your eyes. Mass shootings do not occur elsewhere at ANY frequency like they do in the USA. Source: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, or any Google search will give you similar numbers. Armed citizens didn’t help the school shootings and won’t. You know how many people get killed by guns each year in the USA, right? 12,000! By the way, NYPD trained police officers have around a 30% shooting accuracy when the suspect did not return fire, 18% when they did (source: RAND Corporation) ….you want to arm the teachers?

        Thursday, 22 February 2018, 8:38 am
  • I thought all Hernando schools had an SRO. Challenger does and that’s not a high school. I am with Grady Judd. If Niehaus doesn’t agree, vote him out, or anyone that he is trying to place in his place. The guns are not the issue. “Gun free zones” are the issue. Arm any teacher that wants to and can qualify.

    Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 2:59 pm
  • Give teachers guns, so the students can take them?. Why not make school what it was suppose to be in the first place. A place of learning.

    Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 2:48 pm
    • Libs got rid of that thinking decades ago.

      Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 3:00 pm
      • Gop sheep don’t think.

        Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 11:01 pm
        • Lol, you mean democrats that all state the same company lines. Republicans don’t all agree, have you not watched any Congressional votes lately???

          Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 2:56 am
        • Hey jimbo you volunteering to go to west side of chiraq and take there illegal guns… And they got a b+ for there gun control Feb 19 5 dead 40 wounded mlk day worse look it up yourself. Military just said they took an oath not to protect the government but to protect the constitution enough said there you want there weapons also……

          Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 12:48 pm
          • Applause Quenesha well put!!

            Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 2:44 pm

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