Democrat-Controlled Gadsden County (FL) Schools To Arm Teachers

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Their first try at “Position 2” during dry fire Saturday morning. Image by J. Schwarm courtesy GSL Defense Training / Guns Save Life

Gadsden County, Florida is a Democrat-run, Hillary Clinton-loving, minority majority community in Florida’s rural panhandle…and has decided to follow common sense and arm their teachers.

To put things in perspective, Gadsden County last voted for a Republican in 1972 for Richard Nixon. In 1984, they were the only county in the state to vote against Ronald Reagan and again in 1988 against George H.W. Bush.

Courtesy – Wikipedia

You would think that with Gadsden County being such a Democrat hotbed that they’d follow the party line and oppose arming teachers in the county’s schools. Apparently the Gadsden County School board really does believe in their mission statement — putting children first.

Richard Corcoran, former Speaker of the House and current Florida Department of Education Commissioner gave a statement to WTXL News of Tallahassee.

“Florida’s students and parents have rightfully demanded increased security measures, and this is another example of education leaders responding to the call. There are cowards who prey on our schools, and with each new district who takes advantage of this opportunity to safeguard their students, the State of Florida is sending a message that we are united in protecting our state’s future generations,” said Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran.

Currently, 33 of Florida’s 67 counties have joined and decided to give teachers the ability to protect their students should the worst happen. And there is word that another 15 are interested.

Teachers who wish to participate in the state’s Guardian Program have to pass a drug test, undergo a psychological evaluation, take part in random drug testing, complete a minimum of 12 hours of diversity training, and go through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s criminal justice standards and training commission firearm qualification course. That includes range time, use of force training, instruction in Florida self-defense laws and, of course, firearms inspection and additional annual qualifications once approved.

As an area resident who lives right on the border of Gadsden County, they get a big thumbs up from this Floridian.


  1. avatar Fully Involved says:

    This is excellent! All gun control advocates should take note: this is what “doing something” really looks like.

    1. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

      Luis, you’re my neighbor! You either live in Jackson, County (If so, my prayers brother. Hurricane Michael really beat you guys up.) Leon County (My prayers again. That’s a nest of liberal, lobbyists and political hacks.) That former mayor, what’s his name, needs to sit down before the music stops. You could also live in Decatur or Grady County, GA. God’s country. Worked many a case with those guys. I guess you could be in Liberty County, FL but you said you were on the border. It’s a long way to anywhere in Liberty County. Back to Gadsden County. It’s like no place anyone has ever been. I understand it was named for one of General Andrew Jackson’s staff officers. But, I could be wrong. You are correct that Gadsden County is predominantly minority populated. If that’s not too much of an oxymoron. The cash crop back in the day was shade leaf tobacco. The wrap leaf on a cigar. Those fields were worked by African Americans and whites of modest means. I was the latter when I was 12-15 yoa. Now, back in the early part of last century there was a man named Pat Monroe. He was the president of the Quincy State Bank. The oldest state chartered bank in Florida until the Capital City Bank Group absorbed them. Now what you need to understand is the Coca Cola money. Mr. Pat, as he was known, invested in a little known pharmacist that had invented a soft drink that included caffeine and cocaine among its ingredients. It was, ah, refreshing. Now what Mr. Pat did, when the farmers came to borrow money to plant their crops, was loan them more than they needed. Then required them to buy Coca-Cola stock as collateral on the loan. They didn’t want to do it, but he turned them into millionaires. In fact, at one time in the ’60s Gadsden County had more millionaires per capita than anywhere in the United States. And some of the worst poverty. I suspect the Securities and Exchange Commission would have something to say about all this today. Now to the issue. You have to understand that African Americans in Gadsden County used subsistence hunting and fishing to supplement their diet. While for most today it’s sport, not subsistence, most African Americans in Gadsden County own firearms, aren’t afraid of them and consider them as ordinary as a frying pan in their home. I say this from personal knowledge. Two of my best hunting buddies are black. Obie, retired Navy, killed a 150 class 10 pt on the farm last season. Not bad for N FL.

  2. avatar Jim from LI says:

    So, you mean that teachers don’t have to pass a drug test as a basic condition of employment? Hmm. The diversity training is probably already rolled into the “continuing education” program- one of those days the kids are off from school for a “teacher conference”.

  3. avatar The Crimson Pirate says:

    This gets a big thumbs down from me. All of those requirements are bullshit. Remove the restrictions on people with a license/permit carrying in school and let those teachers that want to carry do so. Do not make them go through any requirements that ordinary citizens getting a license/permit don’t have to go through.

    Promoting this idea that you need super special training and qualifications to be armed is not helpful to our cause.

    1. avatar scott says:

      Guessing the school district’s insurance provider had a little bit to do with this. Along with their legal council.

    2. avatar Ing says:

      I don’t like all the hoop-jumping, either. It isn’t necessary and shouldn’t be required.

      But what I do like, and what outweighs it immensely, is the fact that a school district — a “diverse,” Democrat supermajority one, no less — has raised a big fat middle finger to the soulless progbots and declared that children are actually worth protecting.

      While I don’t like that the defenders have to ask permission from the gov’t first, it’s important to note that they’re all normal people. Volunteers who just want to protect the innocent.

      We need more of that.

      1. avatar Fully Involved says:

        ^ This. Yea sure it’s not perfect, but the good greatly outweighs the bad. I’m happy with it for now.
        We’ll still need to tackle the whole permit bullshit requirement, but one issue at a time. The BAWN insanity needs to be pro-gun Floridian’s #1 priority.

    3. avatar neiowa says:

      If a teacher can’t be trusted with a firearms what moron would entrust their child to him/her?

  4. avatar Chris T in KY says:

    Good! Perhaps they are learning. But I hope they don’t “F” it up. If they don’t seek out experienced professional trainers this could go badly. The F.A.S.T.E.R. program is already available. I hope they ask.

  5. avatar Pete says:

    Curious about the Diversity Training requirement, will they only be allowed to shoot certain ethnicity school shooters?

    1. avatar WI Patriot says:

      Yes, ALL special interest group shooters get a pass, only white male(or those that identify with being white and male) shooters should be approached and confronted…/sar

    2. avatar Justin Case says:

      Profiling would certainly be a requisite. For example, persons automatically targeted would be anyone who is actively killing children or teachers.
      “Diversity Training” my ass…

    3. avatar Jim from LI says:

      In a minority majority county this is the sugar you have to coat a plan like this with. Otherwise you’ll have “community organizers” up in arms about how the teachers will gun down everybody that doesn’t look like them.

  6. avatar strych9 says:

    Not perfect but a step in the right direction. Hopefully as nothing bad happens people will start to relax, reality will take hold and we’ll be able to get a less obnoxious policy implemented.

    Much as I don’t like it, steps are the way to do this. Prove that a “blood bath” doesn’t ensue and then people will be less likely to listen to the hoplophobes and we’ll be able to move forward a bit more.

  7. avatar possum destroyer of arachnids says:

    It’s sad when you’ve got to arm the teachers. Something went wrong. Well a bunch of sht went wrong actually. ,,, But the fix is not disarming American Citizens. The fix could start with pride in this great Country, .and it wouldn’t hurt if “Our” politicians had a little of that pride. , , , , Money, power, prestige

  8. avatar Dude says:

    Diverse = less white people. Check the Board of Ed photo above. It’s VERY diverse. If it was reversed, with one black guy surrounded by white people, then it would not be diverse at all. Diversity training means learning that POC (the new abbreviation for everyone EXCEPT whites) are always victims, and must be treated as such.

    1. avatar Ing says:

      And here I was, thinking white was a color. Silly me.

    2. avatar Fully Involved says:

      Diversity will work your favor once whites become the minority.

      1. avatar Ing says:

        If only it actually worked that way.

      2. avatar Dude says:

        Who says I’m white? Did you just assume my race?

      3. avatar Dude says:

        This may blow your mind, but some black people don’t want to be coddled victims to be rescued by the WHITE knight virtue-signaling democrats.

  9. avatar Bob says:

    Clearly no one read the article. Gadsden County is a Minority Majority County, meaning White People are a Minority. Secondly, The school board must abide by State Law. The requirements were put in place by SB7026. The Gun Control Bill Republicans passed and Rick Scott signed into law.

    1. avatar Dude says:

      “Clearly no one read the article. Gadsden County is a Minority Majority County, meaning White People are a Minority.” So then, diversity training means learning how to interact with white people? Does this mean diversity training is less of a joke somehow?

    2. avatar Ing says:

      So the fact that people are signing up means very little in relation to the county’s voting habits, because it’s a statewide program that has nothing to do with that particular school district or county.

      Fair enough.

      And yet, despite the political stereotypes and progressive propaganda that tell us otherwise, this particular Democratic supermajority county has no lack of armed volunteers. (Who must jump through several hoops to exercise what ought to be an unfettered right, but still…)

  10. avatar Will Drider says:

    Holy shit!!! Dems finally discovered “real common sense”. They must value their children more then the political and media rhetoric. Pass the word.

  11. avatar BobS says:

    I wish we could stop adopting the opposition’s framing “…has decided to arm teachers”
    That sound like they’re issuing guns to teachers.
    What’s a just-as-concise way to say “…has decided to stop prohibiting otherwise-qualified public employees from possessing, while on the job, effective means of defending themselves and those in their care”?

  12. avatar surlycmd says:

    Gadsden County, FL? As in General Christopher Gadsden? Who designed the flag in 1775? A county with a majority of registered democrats is allowing teachers to be armed and is named Gadsden. Surely this a sign of an Apocalypse.

  13. avatar sp300 says:

    Better yet would be to allow the teachers to open carry. It is a faster draw out of the holster. Plus it might just put the fear of getting shot into someone prior to doing their shooting. Females must have the gun on them and not in their purse locked up in their desk. I moved from Florida to TN and we have concealed carry or open carry. Get with it Florida. It is a start at protecting our children

  14. avatar Pa John says:

    So we have the federal government using their precious federal funding as the stick to disallow teachers from removing trouble makers from the class. Black / minority students still “benefit” from Obama era regulations that dictate no action be taken, no arrest, no expulsion, even if/when students physically strike the teachers and etc.

    And now at the same time, we are going to arm those same teachers. Here in my home state, 45 Harrisburg, PA, teachers all QUIT at the same time to protest the completely out of control violence in their schools. Teachers are not safe, and are being punched and kicked and slapped and you name it, by thoroughly out of control students, thanks in no small part to those Obama era rules where students who would have otherwise been arrested and charged with serious crimes essentially get off scott free. Nothing like run amok teenagers who know they cannot be touched no matter what they do. Needless to say, these trouble makers ruin everything for the kids who would actually like to learn. Kind of hard to study when MS-13 gang bangers are murdering people you know.

    And now we are going to arm the same teachers who are strictly disallowed from removing trouble makers from their classes, not even the physically violent ones. I wonder how it is that no one seems to be able to predict what is so obviously coming.

    Seems pretty obvious to me who is going to be shot first, and then won’t all the Domestic Enemies of the U.S. Constitution infesting so much of U.S. corporate media have a field day with that juicy anti-gun propaganda opportunity. Coming soon: Some teacher in legitimate fear of death or great bodily harm from a seriously dangerous violent student(s), will have to resort to high speed lead poisoning to defend him or herself. If that teacher is white and the gang banger deadly violent student(s) is/are black or Muslim or etc., the media will practically be orgasmic in the thrill of blaming everything on the weapon used, and racism, of course. 24/7/365 hyperbolic anti-constitution, anti-2nd Amendment propaganda, coming our way just as soon as a teacher in some ultra violent school district is forced to use a gun against a student(s).

    What is really scary is many of you very likely first read of this extremely obvious seeming likelihood right here in this comment box, and still have yet to see this discussed it anywhere else.

    No News At 11.

  15. avatar David says:

    Was a Leon Co deputy before going to work as a Sgt in Midway, and then in Quincy….best intentions aside, it is Gadsden County…they will f&*@ this up in some major way somehow…it’s….it’s just what they do there.

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