PHOTO: Tiffany Tompkins/Bradenton Herald
Article by Bryan Howard
February 13, 2019
A Palmetto, Florida school has taken serious steps to protect their students. Manatee School for the Arts, a charter school for middle and high school students have hired tried and tested combat vets to protect their schools. The vets will be armed with Semi-automatic rifles in order to disable any intruder looking to bring harm upon the students.
The New York times reported, “By the end of February, the students… will see two combat veterans in body armor roaming the grounds, each carrying a 9-millimeter Glock handgun and a semiautomatic rifle with a 17-inch barrel.”
The Principle of the school Bill Jones stated to the Times he is “not looking for a fair fight” and is looking for “an overwhelming advantage” against an intruder.
Bill Jones explained why he is looking exclusively for a battle tested warrior.
“I don’t want this to be the first time they’ve had someone shooting at them.”
Jones explained to the Herald-Tribune, “I wouldn’t hire anybody who hadn’t been shot at and fired back. I need someone who has been in that situation.”