Chris Hixon, Coach Aaron Feis, & Coach Scott Beigel
Guardian Program

After the tragic events that occurred at Marjory Stoneman-Douglas High School on February 14th, 2018 several school safety initiatives were established. The Chris Hixon, Coach Aaron Feis, and Coach Scott Beigel Guardian Program, also known as the “Guardian” program is one of many. The legislation became necessary for school districts to meet mandates put forth from the MSD Public Safety Commission. It is named after three school employees who attempted to intervene in the horrific events that took place that day.

A Guardian is an armed school employee that has received a minimum of 144 hours of training from a Florida sheriff’s office that heavily focuses on firearms training. Initial requirements to enter such a program are to pass a psychological evaluation and drug test. Upon successful completion the Guardian may legally carry a firearm on a school campus (previously a criminal act). The Guardian’s role is that of an observer, provide surveillance on campus, and assist law enforcement and school staff in threat assessments. Should a threat become known on campus, the Guardian’s role becomes very similar to law enforcement’s, to take action and stop it.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission:

The Commission was formed to specifically analyze information from the school shooting and other mass violence incidents in the state and address recommendations and system improvements.

The Chris Hixon, Coach Aaron Feis, and Coach Scott Beigel Guardian Program was established in 2018 through the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. In its initial report, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission found that having guardians in schools is the best way to ensure highly trained personnel are in place to respond immediately in the event of a school shooting.

Baker County Guardian Program:

“Our community is very thankful for these individuals, and their dedication to the safety of our students and employees.” Baker County Superintendent Sherrie Raulerson

Pasco County Guardian Program:

“It is a phenomenal working relationship because we train together, our tactics are the same, our procedures are the same… and if God forbid that worst day happens, we are in the best possible scenario to protect our students and our teachers.” Pasco County Sheriff Nocco

Suwannee County Guardian Program:

“The benefit to our community is that, folks in our county realize that we are serious about school security, and we are serious about protecting our students. We have had great success with the program.” Malcolm Hines, School Safety

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