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Dead body trapped in Tijuana pump station causes 14.5M gallons of raw sewage to spill into San Diego, officials say

A dead body, found trapped in a Mexican pump station on Sunday, was deemed responsible for a backup that caused nearly 14.5 million gallons of raw sewage to flow from Tijuana into San Diego, according to border water officials.

Mexico’s International Boundary Water Commission (CILA) told its U.S. counterparts that a cleanup crew at a pump station found the body in a sewage intake screens, San Diego’s KGTV reported.

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The Tijuana River Valley is located in San Diego along the U.S.-Mexico border.  (Google Maps)

The corpse caused trash to build up and plug the structure and overflow into the U.S., according to the U.S. section of the International Boundary and Water Commission.

Between 9 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. the next day, nearly 14.5 million gallons of treated and untreated wastewater flowed from Tijuana into the Tijuana River Valley in San Diego, according to officials.

It was unclear how the body ended up there. Police on Monday cordoned off the area as an investigation proceeded, USIBWC’s Dawi Dakhil said told KGTV.

Mexico water officials had cleared the scene by Monday, having rebuilt a temporary raised bank to stop the overflow, KGTV reported.

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The incident was nothing new for San Diego, which has been dealing with raw sewage flows from Tijuana for decades. Last year, a pipe across the border in Mexico broke, causing millions of gallons of sewage to flow into the Tijuana River and then to the Pacific Ocean, impacting California coastal areas.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., last week secured nearly $20 million in federal funding aimed at helping California prevent such overflows from Tijuana.

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WeWork says at least 1,600 phone booths in US, Canada offices contaminated with formaldehyde

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WeWork, the office space sharing startup, told employees Monday that they would be closing 2,300 phone booths that are or might be contaminated with formaldehyde in offices across the U.S. and Canada.

WeWork told employees in an internal email obtained by Fox News that it had hired an outside consultant to conduct analysis and tests on a sampling of phone booths across their workspaces after a member complained of “odor and eye irritation.”

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The testing determined that approximately 1,600 phone booths in offices contained elevated levels of formaldehyde “caused by the manufacturer.”

Although WeWork refused to identify the manufacturer at fault, they added that “out of an abundance of caution, we are also taking approximately 700 additional phone booths out of service while we conduct more testing.”

“We are working to remove all potentially impacted phone booths as quickly as possible, and we will share updates about this situation as soon as we’re able,” the email sent to employees said.

The phone booths are used by employees and members to provide a quiet space to make phone calls and spend downtime.

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Formaldehyde is a common chemical used in various building materials. Short-term exposure to elevated levels of the chemical may cause temporary nose, throat, and respiratory system irritation according to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Long-term exposure to formaldehyde has been linked to certain types of cancers.

WeWork has faced a cash crunch in recent weeks after abandoning its initial public offering last month amid tepid interest from investors worried about WeWork’s massive losses and corporate governance problems. Co-founder Adam Neumann resigned as CEO as a result of the botched IPO, but still wields influence over the company because his shares carry higher voting power.

WeWork had hoped to raise $3 billion in the IPO, which would have unlocked $6 billion in financing raised by a group of banks to fund its aggressive growth strategy.

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Master Sgt. Mark Allen dies 10 years after being shot while searching for Army deserter

Retired Army Master Sgt. Mark Allen died on Saturday, 10 years after he was shot while looking for a missing soldier in Afghanistan back in 2009. He was 46.

Allen was unable to walk or speak since being shot in the head by a sniper in July 2009 during his attempted search for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his base in Afghanistan and was imprisoned by the Taliban for five years.

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Sgt. Mark Allen has died 10 years after he was shot while looking for then Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who went missing in Afghanistan back in 2009. (U.S. Army)

Bergdahl later pled guilty and was dishonorably discharged, reduced in rank from sergeant to private and fined $1,000 per month over a ten-month period for deserting his post and endangering the lives of fellow soldiers, including Allen.

When Bergdahl was traded for five Taliban prisoners and brought home, Shannon Allen, Mark’s wife didn’t hold back her feelings for how he changed their family forever.

“Meet my husband,” she wrote on Facebook, “injuries directly brought to you by the actions of this traitor.”

Donald Trump also expressed his disdain towards the prisoner transfer of Bergdahl, calling the decision “a complete” and “total disgrace to our country and our Military.”

During the trial of Bergdahl, Shannon testified that it took 90 minutes to get her husband out of bed, showered and dressed each morning. She had to use a pulley system, which was attached to the ceiling to move him, according to Task & Purpose.

Mark’s young daughter also enjoyed climbing into his wheelchair and sitting on his lap, Shannon told the outlet.

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U.S. Veterans’ Network posted a tribute, calling Allen “a true American hero.”

“MSG Mark Allen, a true American hero. Thank you for your service brother. We’ll take it from here,” the network posted on Facebook.

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His service will be held in Loganville, Georgia on Oct. 17 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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Alabama girl, 3, vanishes at birthday party, Amber Alert sent as police identify possible kidnapping suspect

A 3-year-old girl in Alabama mysteriously vanished while attending a birthday party over the weekend and police have identified a possible suspect in the child’s kidnapping.

Birmingham police issued an Amber Alert for Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney, who was last seen playing with other children during an outdoor birthday party at Tom Brown Village housing community around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night,

She is considered to be in “extreme danger.”

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(Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney, 3, was last seen playing with other children during an outdoor birthday party at Tom Brown Village housing community around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night when she suddenly vanished, Birmingham police said.)

According to police, Kamille may have been taken by a black male and white female driving a dark-colored SUV. The suspects are said to be driving a blue 2001-2006 Toyota Sequoia with beige trim. They were originally believed to be driving a Toyota 4-Runner.

Police released new photos on Sunday night of a possible suspect. They believe the kidnapping isn’t related to a custodial issue.

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The suspect wanted in the kidnapping of 3-year-old Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney (Birmingham Police Department)

“We still have hot leads right now and we’re following up on those as we speak,” Birmingham police department deputy chief Scott Praytor told ABC News on Sunday. “We want to find Kamille as quick as possible and we want to get her back to her family and that’s our priority.”

The father of Kamille, 27-year-old Dominic McKinney told AL.com that he just wants his “Cupcake” back.

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“I just want my daughter back. I’ll pay anything, I’ll put up anything,’’ he said. “Everybody knows Cupcake and I’ll do anything to bring that baby back home.”

Dominic added that he named his daughter Cupcake because “when she came out, she was all cute and red with little brown eyes and I said, ‘That’s my cupcake.’”

Witnesses at the party last saw the child wearing a pink T-shirt with a Minnie Mouse leopard print design, leopard print shoes and she had yellow, white and blue bows in her hair. Police say she has brown eyes, black hair, is about 3 feet tall and weighs approximately 60 pounds.

Birmingham Deputy Chief Scott Praytor told Al.com that investigators are asking any homes or businesses in the Avondale area near the Tom Brown Village public housing complex to share surveillance camera footage with authorities.

“Of all the resources that we have at our disposal, there’s nothing more important than the community,” he told ABC News. “We’ve had cases that have been broken by people that didn’t think they saw anything until they came forward and told us what they knew.”

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“They didn’t know it was a valuable piece of the puzzle. So you may think you don’t know anything about it, but you may have the piece that we’re looking for. We want all the information.”

The Housing Authority where the child was last seen also released a statement regarding the ongoing search for her.

“We can’t imagine what little Kamille’s family is going through at this moment. We’d like her family to know that they are in our thoughts and we pray this unimaginable situation will end very soon with the safe return of their little girl. HABD expresses gratitude to the public and media for sharing this story to help spread the word about the child’s abduction,” the statement said. “Staff have been working on site at Tom Brown Village to locate the child and HABD will continue to do anything we can to assist [the] police.”

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Investigators say anyone with information regarding this missing child should contact the Birmingham Police Department.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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New Jersey woman escaping police custody struck by car: report

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A New Jersey woman was hit by a car as she was trying to escape from police custody on Friday night, according to a local report.

The 33-year-old woman was struck by a car in Burlington County, N.J., around 11 p.m. on Friday, according to WPVI-TV, which cited authorities.

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Danielle Colon, of Camden, N.J., was being taken to the police station after running from police when she somehow got free and jumped out of the patrol car, escaping for a second time, the station reported, adding that as she was trying to flee, a driver slammed into her on Route 73 in Maple Shade, N.J.

Maple Shade police reportedly recognized Colon as someone wanted on a warrant when she fled.

Colon was taken to an area hospital, where she was listed in stable condition with a broken leg and was released on a criminal summons pending court, the television station reported.

Colon faces several charges, including resisting arrest, escape and obstruction.

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The driver of the vehicle that hit Colon stopped at the scene, according to the news outlet, which added that no officers were injured.

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Two Florida men accused of illegally dumping human waste

Two men in Florida have been charged with illegally dumping raw sewage down manholes on at least three occasions, with some of the sewage spilling down sidewalks, streets and on grass, according to police.

Thomas Fucarile, who owns Advantage Rooter, a waste company in suburban West Palm Beach, and his driver Lavoris Grisby were charged with three counts of illegal dumping of human waste on Friday, West Palm Beach police said.

A witness recorded three incidents on his cellphone, including one alleged incident which reportedly shows a worker pump out community septic tanks at a condo and repeatedly empty it into a city manhole, according to The Palm Beach Post.

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The truck held more than 3,000 gallons of sewage, weighing about 15 tons, according to a police report. The witness, who went to police on October 4, reportedly said some of the raw sewage spilled everywhere and could be smelled a block away.

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Thomas Fucarile, who owns Advantage Rooter, a waste company in suburban West Palm Beach, and his driver Lavoris Grisby (right) have been charged with three counts of illegal dumping of human waste on Friday, West Palm Beach police said. (Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

The three incidents were recorded in July, August and September, the newspaper reported, adding that the city’s water supply was not harmed.

The company said it used city manholes because a lift station was clogged, adding that “someone at the county” had given permission, without providing details or documentation, according to The Post.

The newspaper reported that police went to a supervisor at Palm Beach County Utilities on Tuesday who said, permission was “absolutely not” granted and added that the waste company recently had changed its name from Culpepper Plumbing. West Palm Beach city officials reportedly told investigators that the company had several violation reports.

Fucarile, 68, and Grisby, 65, were released hours after they were booked on Friday, according to the news outlet.

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Fucarile’s lawyer said he will fight the charges. The newspaper said a call to a number listed to Grisby was not returned.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Milwaukee bus driver honored for saving residents from burning apartment

A Milwaukee bus driver is being honored for “quick and decisive action” in helping save people from a burning apartment earlier this year.

Chanaye Brown was traveling on Route 12 late at night on Jan. 5, when she saw flames shooting from the window of a building near North 79th Street and West Hampton Avenue, northwest of downtown Milwaukee.

Brown stopped her Milwaukee County Transit System bus, telling a passenger “the house is on fire” before calling 911 and running to the building.

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Due to Brown’s heroic actions, she was named “Honorary Fire Chief” as part of Fire Prevention Week, which ends Oct. 12. (Fox6)

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“I’m going to see if I can get somebody’s attention,” Chanaye said as she exited the bus, according to news reports.

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Brown stopped her bus, telling a passenger “the house is on fire” before running toward the burning building to let residents know of the danger. (MCTS)

Terrified residents, including children, started to evacuate after Brown pounded on the door and yelled. Some of those inside weren’t aware of the fire, according to the MCTS.

Brown heard the voices of other children who were still inside and attempted to charge into the burning building, even taking a resident’s fire extinguisher to help quell the blaze.

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Chanaye Brown was traveling on Route 12 late at night on Jan. 5, when she noticed flames shooting from the window of an apartment building north of downtown Milwaukee. (Fox6)

Firefighters arrived moments later and doused the fire before anyone was hurt, the MCTS said.

Brown’s heroism was honored Thursday when she was named “Honorary Chief” as part of Milwaukee’s Fire Prevention Week.

She also received a Community Hero Award during the Milwaukee Fire Department’s annual Meritorious Service Awards ceremony.

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“The Milwaukee Fire Department is proud of the actions and quick thinking of Chanaye Brown, resulting in a minimal fire instead of what most likely would have been a full-fledged structure fire,” said Lt. Michael Ball, the department’s community relations director.

“Because of her actions in calling the fire department first, alerting residents, and attempting to help extinguish the fire, not only was no one hurt, minimal damage occurred to the building — allowing the rest of the residents to return to their apartments rather than be displaced,” Ball said. “We commend Chanaye for her quick and decisive action in stepping up and helping when the situation arose.”

The local hero was reportedly seen going door-to-door after the incident to make sure those inside had working smoke detectors in their homes, according to FOX6 News.

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“I guess I just felt like it was something that I needed to do, because I have kids of my own and if it was mine, I would want somebody to do it for them, too,” Brown told the TV station.

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Five feel-good stories from this week you don’t want to miss

Grab the tissues.

Here are some good stories of surprises, inspiration, and giving back that we could all use this week.

1. STOP! IT’S BIRTHDAY TIME!

Community surprises crossing guard for this 80th birthday

Crossing guard Alec Childress got a big surprise Thursday when he showed up to the corner of 9th and Lake streets in Wilmette, Ill., where he greets children with a smile and the phrase, “Peace, I gotcha!”

But after 14 years of doing this job after retiring, the man who always has something to say was left speechless.

“It was awesome!” Childress told Fox News of the community surprise. “All the kids, the parents…It’s beyond comprehension. I told somebody I need to sit down before I fall down.”

Read the full story here.

2. GIVING BACK

Cured patient returns to hospital as employee

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Cancer survivor Katy Payne, 21, has just graduated as a nurse – and is set to work as a children’s nurse at the hospital where she was diagnosed with leukemia aged two. 

A nurse returns to work at the same hospital she was treated for leukemia as a child.

Katy Payne, 21, is a cancer survivor who grew up to become a pediatric nurse, starting her work at Colchester Hospital in Essex, in southeast England, as the newest employee.

“I remember patches of my time in hospital and some of the highs and lows,” Payne told SWNS of her cancer treatment. “The things I experienced have made me stronger, and I have always said I would like to give something back to the hospital, the doctors and the nurses, and everyone that’s been part of my journey.”

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3. ‘EXCEPTIONAL COMMUNITY’ 

California ‘team of junior detectives’ find missing woman, 97, with dementia

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The search party that helped located the 97-year-old woman. (City of Roseville, California Police Department)

A group of young neighborhood sleuths surprised the Roseville Police Department when they called 9-1-1 in response to a missing woman’s notice.

Glenneta Belford, 97, who suffers from dementia and is non-verbal, was found just a few hours after police posted her missing online.

Logan Hultman, Kashton Claiborne and Makenna Rogers, who are all 10, and 11-year-old Hope Claiborne set out and eventually found Belford, several hours after she was reported missing, hiding in bushes a few blocks away from their homes.

“This is a great example of our exceptional community coming together to lend a helping hand. This proves a great point, age is just a number and anyone can help out in a time of need,” police said in a Facebook post.

Read the full story here.

4. ‘JUST ANOTHER DAY’

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Chick-fil-A has been voted America’s favorite, cleanest and most polite fast-food chain — and now, it might have clinched another victory as the most helpful.

Shauna Hall was visiting the restaurant in Stafford, Va., last week with her son, but as soon as Hall got out of her van, she dropped her iPhone into a storm drain and she was especially upset because she “just paid off” the phone and had purchased a new Otterbox phone case only days before.

Seth, a Chick-fil-A employee, offered to help.

“Not only did he slice his finger and was filthy from laying on the ground and climbing in the hole, I find out he had actually just gotten off shift and was still willing to help me,” Hall said. “Service with a smile. Just another day at Chick-fil-A.”

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5. FAITH ON THE FIELD

Students across the nation celebrate faith on football fields

Over 250,000 students participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ student-led “Fields of Faith” event, tackling tough issues like suicide and depression and giving students the opportunity to “open up their life to Christ.”

Julianna Braniecki, president of the FCA chapter at her university, Huddle at Hofstra, shared on “Fox & Friends” Thursday how students had speakers, musicians (including rappers), and student testimonies during the “Fields of Faith” events.

“Last night at Hofstra, we had the pleasure of hosting our first Fields of Faith event…It was really a powerful experience,” she added. “My faith is something that is very important to me, and through my experience with FCA, that has greatly increased that and grown in my love for Christ.”

Read the full story here.

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Bernie Sanders says he misspoke when he said campaign would slow its pace

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., backpedaled Wednesday on statements he made a day earlier about the pace of his presidential bid following his heart attack last week, telling NBC News that he was ready to “get back into the groove of a very rigorous campaign.”

In Sanders’ first sit-down interview since he had two stents inserted into his chest to clear a blocked artery, Sanders said he’s feeling “a hell of a lot better than I did a week ago.”

“I have no pain, I’m out walking now, getting back to work, feel good,” he told NBC’s Harry Smith in a clip from the interview, which is scheduled to air Wednesday night.

BERNIE SANDERS SAYS HE WAS ‘MORE FATIGUED’ IN MONTHS LEADING UP TO HEART ATTACK BUT IGNORED SYMPTOMS

Sanders was at a campaign rally in Nevada last Tuesday when he began complaining of chest pains.

“Somebody said, do you want to do selfies and I said, ‘My God, do I not want to do selfies. Let me get the hell out of here,'” he recalled. The discomfort prompted Sanders to visit an urgent care facility.

“They did a few tests and the doctor there said, she said, ‘You’re having a heart event,’ and it just struck me. I could not believe it,” Sanders said.

After Sanders was released from a Nevada hospital on Friday, the campaign disclosed that the 78-year-old had suffered a heart attack. However, Sanders pushed back on claims that his campaign tried to hide or conceal his health ailments from voters.

“No I don’t accept that,” Sanders said. “That’s nonsense and I think that sometimes, you know, I don’t know what people think campaigns are. We’re dealing with all kinds of doctors and we wanted to have a sense of what the hell was going on really. So the first thing that we’re trying to do is understand what’s going on and not run to The New York Times and not have to report every 15 minutes. This is not a baseball game. So I think we acted absolutely appropriately.”

“No apologies,” he added.

Sanders told reporters Tuesday outside his home in Burlington, Vt., that he “certainly intends to be actively campaigning” but will “change the nature” and frequency of rallies and events to “make sure I have the strength to do what I have to do.”

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“We were doing, you know, in some cases five or six meetings a day, three or four rallies and town meetings and meeting with groups of people,” Sanders said about his campaign prior to his heart attack. “I don’t think I’m going to do that.”

Sanders said he “misspoke” when he suggested he would slow his pace on the campaign trail, but his wife, Jane O’Meara Sanders, said Wednesday that her husband has postponed all campaign events until next Tuesday when he will head to Ohio for the fourth Democratic debate.

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Florida begins arming teachers as large school districts rebuff controversial program

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. –– Teachers in seven Florida county school districts will soon be locked and loaded thanks to a state law enacted this month that provides schools with the option to allow teachers to carry concealed guns.

The law expands on a safety measure known as the “guardian” program. The program was created in response to the February 2018 Parkland massacre but did not allow teachers to carry guns, in part due to the recommendation of former Gov. Rick Scott. Under the original law, guardians were either non-instructional personnel who volunteered, or employees–such as school resource officers– hired specifically to protect students.

“That initial program [said] everybody except classroom teachers … could be armed. With the recent legislation, our board approved to train classroom teachers to be able to further protect our students,” said Dylan Tedders, the assistant superintendent of Okeechobee County.

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The original program was created in response to the February 2018 Parkland massacre but did not allow teachers to carry guns, in part due to the recommendation of former Gov. Rick Scott. Under the original law, guardians were either non-instructional personnel who volunteered, or employees hired specifically to protect students, such as school resource officers.  (Elina Shirazi)

Okeechobee, a school district with roughly 6,600 students, is one of seven districts taking advantage of the new option to arm teachers. Tedders explained that school districts must first vote in favor of it and then teachers have to volunteer. The other six districts arming teachers include Bay, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Putnam and Suwannee counties.

Tedders said their first priority is protecting students.

“You can’t have a hashtag of putting students first and not want to use every opportunity to keep them safe, so I think districts have to really look at that,” Tedders said.

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But not every school district in the state has embraced the law. The 60 other school districts in the state, including the largest ones — Miami-Dade, Broward and Orange counties — have not approved it. The state does not track how many districts or teachers are taking part in the program, a matter that has become a point of contention.

“For you to implement a program that does more harm than it does good — and we don’t even know who does it — is absolutely asinine and it’s counterproductive to what the agency for school safety is supposed to be doing,” State Sen. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, told the Miami Herald recently. “This is the dumb, backwards stuff that we do here.”

But more rural districts in the state are happy to take part in the program.

Tedders said his district already has several volunteers. One teacher participating in the guardian program and who wished to remain anonymous due to safety concerns said they are ready for the responsibility.

“Twenty years as a teacher, you know your kids, you wouldn’t want to see anything bad happen to any of them,” the teacher said. “For me, the pros definitely outweighed the cons. You know you have to be ready and prepared if something happens. You have to be willing to do what needs to be done.”

But gun-control groups continue to oppose the law, arguing teachers simply can’t fill the role of law enforcement.

“We are worried about the accuracy of that teacher being able to shoot, or to be able to shoot at all in that type of high, intense adrenaline type of situation,” said Angie Gallo, the co-char of the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. “They are just not trained for it, they are not trained for it like law enforcement are.”

Law enforcement working to train teachers and staff in Okeechobee say otherwise.

“This we consider as a force multiplier because, as we have learned, time is the most critical factor,” said Sgt. Michael Hazellief, one of the officers responsible for training guardians. “If an incident were to occur, we want as many people there as immediate as possible … no one is going to be authorized to go into a school or classroom with a firearm under this program, if they haven’t made it through me.”

Some parents who have kids enrolled in the district think it’s a good idea as well. They say the new law will eliminate schools as soft targets.

FLORIDA LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL EXPANDING PROGRAM TO ARM TEACHERS

“If all else fails and my child is sitting in a classroom with some psycho coming through that door, I want my child behind that teacher, and I want that teacher equipped to do something to help themselves, which is also going to help my child,” said Adam Cohen, whose two kids are enrolled in Okeechobee County schools. The family moved to Okeechobee from Parkland after the 2018 Parkland Massacre. Cohen’s daughter, now in the ninth grade, was enrolled in Parkland’s middle school at the time.

“I was concerned in Parkland,” Cohen said, “people were getting consumed and misdirected in a lot of politics, a lot of things, there was a lot of energy and there wasn’t a lot of action. There weren’t things happening that were making safety changes for the kids in the schools and I was concerned that wasn’t going the right direction.”

Another Parkland parent, Andrew Pollack, describes himself as an expert, but not by choice. His daughter, Meadow, was killed during the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year. Pollack said he strongly supports arming teachers, saying that when police are minutes away, seconds matter.

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Andrew Pollack said he strongly supports arming teachers, saying that when police are minutes away, seconds matter. His daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting last year. (Elina Shirazi)

“You’ve seen multiple mass shootings stopped by people that saw something, said something and then they saw someone actually did something, not like in Parkland — where no one did anything and that it was these failures and these policies that are in the schools or across the nation,” Pollack said.

School employees and teachers who volunteer to pack heat have a long list of requirements, including passing drug tests, psychological exams and over 100 hours of training. Presently, in addition to the seven counties that have opted to arm teachers, 32 of Florida’s 67 counties have opted to arm school personnel other than teachers. They include Broward County, where the Parkland massacre took place, as well as Brevard and Duval. According to the Miami Herald, nearly 1,100 school employees are armed statewide. The state doesn’t track how many are teachers.

“It is a very unique measure, you know. It is in response to very unique and very violent incidents that have happened nationwide. All schools are having to take measures such as ensuring that there are safe corners, blinds in your classroom doors, that the lockdown procedures are in place. But we have seen that even with those measures in place, things happen,” said Tuuli Robinson, the principal at North Elementary School in Okeechobee.

“I actually think that the arming of the teachers is not going to create these dramatic gunfights in schools, it is going to create a deterrent. The schools are not going to be a soft target and they are not going to be attractive,” Cohen said.

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According to the Education Commission of the States, at least eight other states allow some teachers or other school employees to have guns. They include Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming.  (Elina Shirazi)

But many school districts say they are reluctant to arm teachers and think the law is a bad idea.

“Teachers have a lot on their plates,” Tamara Shamburger, chairwoman of the Hillsborough County school board, in Tampa, told the Wall Street Journal. “Their focus has to be on educating their kids and not fighting off bad guys.”

Tedders said he understands the hesitation in some districts, but that he firmly believes they are going about the process in the safest manner possible.

“I think the negativity would be that we are passing out guns at the door and that is not what we are doing,” Tedders said.

According to the Education Commission of the States, at least eight other states allow some teachers or other school employees to have guns. They include Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming.

Since 2018, legislation to allow teachers and other school staff to carry firearms has been proposed in a handful of additional states, including Washington, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.

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