FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014
Contact: Rachel Johnson, 305.771.2167
Carlos Curbelo Willing to Allow Guns in Public Schools
Yesterday, the Miami-Dade School Board voted 8-to-1 to oppose state legislation allowing teachers to carry concealed firearms in public schools. School Board Member Carlos Curbelo was the sole dissenting vote.
Curbelo, who is running for Congress in Florida’s 26th district, said the School Board should not take a position on the issue, describing the effort as a “waste of political capital.”
"As the mother of a child in public school, it’s sad that a school board member and wannabe Congressman thinks safeguarding our children is a ‘waste of political capital’,” said Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, “rather than an urgent priority. Curbelo is clearly more concerned with protecting himself from the gun lobby than protecting our children.”
A Pew Research Center poll conducted last year found the American public strongly supports keeping guns out of school. 63% of Americans polled oppose allowing more school officials to carry firearms.