Florida Governor Rick Scott proposed that $1 million be set aside in the 2018-2019 state budget to help cover security costs at Jewish schools. “Many Floridians have been horrified by the threats against our Jewish schools and communities last year,” he explained.
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The 2018-2019 Florida budget should include $1 million to help cover security costs at Jewish schools across the state, Governor Rick Scott stated Monday.
The Republican’s announced his proposal at Katz Hillel Day School in Boca Raton. The governor’s office released a statement, explaining that the funds would help the schools “provide security and counter-terrorism upgrades such as video cameras, fences, bullet-proof glass, alarm systems and other safety equipment.”
“Many Floridians have been horrified by the threats against our Jewish schools and communities last year,” Scott told reporters. “We have absolutely zero tolerance for these hateful and anti-Semitic acts.”
“Every Florida student deserves to have the opportunity to learn in a safe and comfortable setting,” Scott added, according to his office’s statement. “After Florida’s Jewish community received hateful threats last year, we saw the need to provide additional security so the children that attend Jewish Day Schools can learn without having to worry about feeling threatened.”
Jewish schools across the state have been the specific targets of recent threats. In February, the David Posnack Jewish Day School in Davie, Florida, was among the eight Jewish schools evacuated on the same day throughout the U.S. due to bomb threats, which eventually turned out to be a hoax.