Gun in car leads to teacher’s arrest

LABELLE — A LaBelle High School English teacher was arrested Friday on charges of possession of a weapon on school property. Lisa Horton, who just started teaching in Hendry County this semester, has a Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) permit. According to the press release from the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office, “On Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, […]

Should teachers carry guns? School board to vote on measure that would allow classroom teachers to carry concealed weapons

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County School Board is scheduled to take a final vote on adding teachers to the guardian program, the 2019-20 budget and other issues at their upcoming Sept. 10 meeting. Earlier this year Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation that allows school districts to expand the school guardian program to permit classroom teachers […]

District may allow armed teachers

OKEECHOBEE — Results from a recent survey conducted by the Okeechobee County School District were discussed at the July 24 Okeechobee County School Board meeting. The school district was seeking opinions from parents, students and staff on expanding the guardian program to include teachers in classrooms. Currently only non-instructional staff can opt to join the […]

Should teachers carry guns?

OKEECHOBEE — Earlier this year Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation that allowed school districts to expand the school guardian program to permit classroom teachers to carry firearms. The Okeechobee School District had already given non-instructional staff at schools the go-ahead to sign up for the guardian program last year, but now school board members are […]

Firearms restricted on county property

Who should have guns on government-owned property? Gun possession by county and school board staff was a topic of discussion at the April 25 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission. Sheriff Noel Stephen reported that the first class of school Guardians graduated two weeks ago. Guardians are school employees who are allowed to concealed carry […]