Florida School Hires 2 Former Combat Veterans to Take Down Active Shooters

February 12, 2019

An arts school for middle and high school students in Palmetta, Florida, has hired two former combat veterans to stop active shooters. The New York Times reports that the "guardians" will carry a 9-millimeter Glock handgun and a semiautomatic rifle with a 17-inch barrel as they patrol the Manatee School for the Arts. The officers will be required to keep the chambers of their rifles empty when off duty. They are also not allowed to store the guns on campus. One of the officers has already been patrolling the campus for a few months, while the second is completing his training and will begin his job in late February. This Thursday will mark one year since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Parkland, Florida.