Thursday is the first anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Now, a school in Palmetto is trying to make sure that a similar tragedy does not happen there.
At the end of this month, the Manatee School for the Arts He will have hired two combat veterans whose only job is to patrol the campus with semiautomatic rifles and stop the active shooters.
Bill Jones, the school's principal, hopes that the publicity of the new hires will deter anyone thinking of shooting at school.
"If someone enters this campus, they will be shot and killed," he told the Bradenton Herald. "We're not going to talk to them, we're not going to negotiate, we're going to put them in, as quickly as possible."
After the Parkland shooting, many schools in Florida reinforced their safety.
The Manatee School for the Arts is a charter school that Allowed to make their own rules about security. Officials opted for school guardians to carry a firearm and a long military-style weapon, according to local television station WWSB.
Jones said it's important for guards to have the tools to shoot down a shooter on their own.
"We had a couple of incidents and we just called and they're here in three minutes," Jones told the station. "Unfortunately, you look at the park and in three minutes how many people died. So you know you can not expect much more from the police, there's only so much they can do and the rest is your responsibility. "
But Jones' plan is to get a backlash from security experts such as Walt Zalisko, a retired police chief who now owns a global research group based in Daytona Beach and a business management consultancy for the police.
"You do not walk around with an assault rifle tied to your chest in a school, that's not the normal policy of the law enforcement agencies," he told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
He said that school tutors are more effective when they relate to students and form positive relationships instead of just focusing on stopping Massive shootings – which, although tragic, are relatively rare.
"His job is to protect children, and he can do it with a gun, but it's also to build positive relationships," Zalisko said. "Develop information about who may have drugs or weapons. There's a lot involved. "
The first Manatee employee, a combat veteran with 15 years of infantry experience, has been on campus for a couple of months.
Another guardian, also a combat vet, will start working this month after he completes the requirements. 132 hours of safety training and competition with firearms, according to The New York Times.
Jones told the newspaper that he wanted the guards who have experience with the shots to go after an active shooter.
Although Jones said "Most parents have been very receptive," the school hopes to quell security concerns by requiring guards to keep rifle cameras. empty. In addition, the weapons are not stored on campus.
You can see a segment in the school tutors in the video below: