Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, who served on the post-Parkland commission that reviewed the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018, gave an emotional speech opposing the bill, although she said she was conflicted by the proposal, the Times reported.
“Outside of this role (on the commission) I’m a mom who recently began dropping off my own kids off at school. I always figured I’d tear up because of how sweet and cute they are,” Book said on the Senate floor. “I never imagined tears streaming down my face because I’m afraid of what might happen to them.
“I must, at the urging of my community, vote no today, but it’s an exceedingly, exceedingly painful vote.”
Lawmakers in favor of the bill said an armed teacher might have been the difference in stopping a shooter and preventing an incident like the one that occurred in Parkland, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
“I must err on the side of saving a kid,” said. Sen. Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater.