Florida HS Hires 2 Combat Vets to Protect Students from Mass Shootings

February 11, 2019 - 5:40 pm

(KNX 1070) -- A school in Palmetto, Florida has hired two combat veterans to protect students from mass shootings. 

The two hired guns, as it were, will carry semi-automatic rifles and handguns and patrol the campus of the Manatee School for the Arts -- a charter school. 

The principal of the school, Bill Jones, says he hopes that just publicizing that the school is armed will end a conflict before it begins. 

“If someone walks onto this campus, they’re going to be shot and killed,” he told the Bradenton Herald. “We’re not going to talk with them. We’re not going to negotiate. We are going to put them down, as quickly as possible.”

As Thursday marks the first anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, school officials are getting plenty of blowback on the decision. 

Walter Zalisko is a retired police chief who now owns a Daytona Beach-based global investigative group and police management consulting business. He told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that having someone armed in a school is "not the normal policy of police agencies." “You don’t walk around with an assault rifle strapped to your chest in a school," Zalisko said. 

According to the Huffington Post, the school's first hire is a combat vet with 15 years of infantry experience.

Another vet will begin working at the school after he completes 132 hours of firearm safety and proficiency training, according to the New York Times