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Detractors have said arming employees is risky - especially for students of colour, who are disproportionately likely to be disciplined by staff members.

Though the bill didn't go far enough for some Florida Democrats, it does mark a major shift for gun legislation in Tallahassee, where the GOP-controlled "legislature nearly never allows any bill that appears to hinder gun owners to come up for a vote", The New Yorker recently reported.

The governor has 15 days to sign the measure, veto it or let it become law without his signature.

"This is by far the hardest vote I've ever taken and will probably ever take in elected office", Byrd said.

School system officials say their decision creates a safe environment for students to talk about what happened in Florida and what they want school staff to do. "He says he heard noises in class and he thinks there's a shooting going on at the school", one caller said. The last text was "Yo" from Cruz at 2:18 p.m.

Jabo says, "as we looked at what others are doing and we reflect on who we are, as a Catholic school in particularly, we felt this would be an effective way to get our students involved and be a good witness of another approach which we feel will be very effective".

After operations on Wednesday and Thursday, Anthony is now in a stable condition, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, who spoke to the Borges family.

The student has filed notice that he'll sue Florida authorities to seek money to cover the cost of his recovery.

Cruz was living with the Snead family in Parkland when he killed the 14 students and three adults at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14.

President Donald Trump is congratulating Florida on school safety legislation approved by state lawmakers.

It allows school staff who do not teach in classrooms to be armed, subject to school district approval and specialist training. Furthermore, the possession or sale of bump fire stock (which effectively allows semi-automatic rifles to act like their automatic counterpart) is also prohibited.

The passing of the legislation came hours after the accused shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was formally charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder.

Governor Scott said that he had some reservations about arming school personnel and instituting a three-day wait period to buy firearms, and he said that he would review the bill "line-by-line" before signing off on it.

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