Highway troopers could be stationed at rural schools


Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says she’s working with the highway patrol to see if troopers can have a presence in some rural districts amid the Florida school shooting. 

She says highway patrol troopers spend much of their time doing paperwork in their vehicles so she is proposing schools offer office space, and troopers offer a peace officer presence to deter potential problems.

“It’s a win win for everyone. Having the opportunity to interact with a highway patrol person and just the presence of a patrol vehicle in the parking lot, it may thwart what would have been a day of disaster,” said Baesler.

Baesler did clarify those troopers wouldn’t take on all of the same responsibility as licensed Student Resource Officers, but is confident in the plan.

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