Trump’s new vision for ‘protecting’ students.
The classes come as the White House looks to press ahead with school safety proposals – which includes arming teachers with guns
Speaking to CBS Local he said: “This is the first time I’ve done anything like this…normally it’s police officers, SWAT and overseas contractors who we train here.”
The event saw a full day of gun training where teachers were asked to shoot at targets and also learned how to handle the weapon.
Bulot added: “I wanted to bring teachers and law enforcement together into our world because now we’re not the first ones there on these active shooters . They are.”
Teacher Kim Raney, who attended the session said: “It’s scary sometimes. We do our best to have security at our schools, but you never know what’s going to happen. And it’s better to be prepared than not prepared.”
Another who attended was teacher Jeremie Parker whose niece died in the Sandy Hook school shooting.
Although he hopes he never has to use his training.
He said: “Every day we think about her and every day I think, what if, but I try to keep her spirit alive by living how she would want me to be.
“I probably won’t carry in the classroom if the district ever allows it. It’s just one of those things to prepare and better train myself in understanding how to use a firearm.”
Writing on its Facebook page following the training the weapons academy wrote: “What a day! Educators are some of the hardest working and fastest learning students I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.”
Bulot is hoping to put on more classes for teachers in the future.
The class comes as US lawmakers weigh arming school staff in an effort to boost safety in schools following the Parkland school shooting.
On Valentine’s Day this year, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people, including three staff members, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has already signed a bill into law that allows school staff to be specially trained to carry guns on the job.
The White House is also looking to press ahead with school safety proposals – which includes arming teachers.
The Trump administration’s plans include “rigorous firearms training” for “specially qualified” teachers who want to volunteer for it.
Proposals also want to establish a commission chaired by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that will recommend policy and funding proposals for school violence prevention – including possible age restriction on some firearm purchases.