LABELLE, FL. -- Hendry county Sheriff Steve Whidden has proposed a plan to arm county school teachers or staff with guns to protect students. He says after the recent Broward county school shooting, he realized "our school children were not safe."
All 11 county schools have deputy resource officers. But, Whidden explained in a video, each deputy's rifle is in a locker during their duty.
Volunteer teachers will be given a psychological test, background check, and a drug test, and sent through tactical active shooter training. They will be sworn in as special deputies and be kept anonymous, Whidden said of the plan.