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A school in Florida is taking school safety so seriously that it has hired two combat veterans armed with semiautomatic rifles to patrol and guard the campus against potential threats, according to The New York Times.
Manatee School for the Arts in Palmetto, Florida, hired the school guardians to comply with state legislation requiring schools to have at least one “safe-school” officer. Principal Bill Jones said they have good reason to go above and beyond the minimum requirements.
The article goes on to state the following:
“We’re not looking for a fair fight,” Jones said of potential active shooter situations. “We’re looking at an overwhelming advantage. I wouldn’t hire anybody who hadn’t been shot at and fired back. I need someone who has been in that situation.”
One of the guards has 15 years of infantry experience, and the second veteran guardian will start working later in February. Jones wanted combat veterans who can be trusted to react quickly and correctly under fire.
At least one school in Florida knows what they’re doing.
Manatee School is hiring combat veterans to protect their schools.
— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) February 12, 2019
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