Rep. Crist talks school safety with Gibbs High students

- School security was the big topic at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg on Monday. There were questions about arming teachers and how to make schools harder targets. 

Democratic congressman Charlie Crist got a tour of the school and led a roundtable discussion with students, administrators, staff members and law enforcement officers. 

"It's surprising and not surprising that it's 2018 and these issues haven't been dealt with yet," said Gibbs senior Caitlin Ferkile. 

She and fellow seniors weren’t born yet when two teenagers murdered 15 people at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999. But how much has changed, and what else can be done?

"Arming teachers is not the answer. More resources is the answer; extra school psychologists and extra school social workers," said Gibbs High principal Reuben Hepburn. 

Administrators here say they had a lockdown drill before the tragedy at Parkland in Broward County and they also had one after the shootings. 

Crist told the students he helped sponsor a measure to ban assault weapons. 

"As a former hunter and gun owner, I understand the Second-Amendment right and I support it, but that doesn't mean you don't put into place common-sense measures that I think would make our state and our country a more safe place,” said Crist, who urged the students to register to vote when they turn 18.

"These shootings affect all our families, but hearing it from you is the most powerful message of all," Crist told the students. 

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