Broward County sheriff orders deputies to carry guns on school following Park shooting



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Broward County deputies will carry guns at school “from this point foward,” Sheriff Scott Israel announced Wednesday — a week after 17 people were killed in the Park’s marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Israel said: “qualified and trained” police officers will carry guns, including AR-15’s, in an attempt to “defeat any threat that comes to the campus.”


Until the sheriff’s office to obtain gun locks and lockers, rifles will be locked in the patrol car, Israel said.

“We’re going to make America safe,” Israel said at a press conference Wednesday. “My approach to this whole thing is never more, never more, and every decision that I make in this research will be focused on making sure I’ve done everything I can to try and ensure that these incidents do not happen again.”

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, shown here with President Trump, said that as of feb. 21, all county schools have the deputies, armed with rifles, patrolling in the campus.

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The sheriff said Director Robert Runcie fully behind his decision.

Broward County has students enrolled in more than 300 schools.


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Israel also called for a ‘sensible gun control’, and argued that he believes that every school in the U.S., must be a source deputy service.

A resource officer was carrying a weapon, as Nikolas Cruz, opened fire on the school’s campus last week. It is unclear what role the officer played in trying to thwart the shooter, if he is not the fulfillment of his firearm. It is also unclear whether the officer was aware of Cruz’s past behavior of Stoneman Douglas.

The sheriff said those details are still investigated.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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