Leon County Republican Party Chairman Evan Power’s statement on Superintendent Hanna’s apology:
I appreciate Superintendent Rocky Hanna taking time to reflect on his inappropriate and divisive remarks on Saturday and offering an apology. I hope he will also take the time to review the actual guardian program not just the partisan talking points. The program is not about arming teachers, but training those faculty members outside of classroom instructors at the same level as law enforcement so they can assist in keeping our children safe. I agree with Superintendent Hanna that the safety of school children should be our first priority.
The following statement was released by Superintendent Rocky Hanna through Leon County Schools:
Now that the emotion from this past Saturday’s march with our students is over, I’ve had a chance to reflect on the remarks I made during the rally. I would like to apologize for some of the language I used to convey my feelings about arming school employees.
Throughout my career I have never worried about being politically correct and sometimes my passion for an issue, or cause, clouds my better judgment and choice of words.
There are leaders on both sides of this important issue and as superintendent I must remain respectful of other points of view. I know at the end of the day we are all in agreement something must be done to ensure that what happened in Parkland never happens again. In the future, I will be sensitive of the opinions of others and deliver my message accordingly.
Again, I would like to sincerely apologize if I offended anyone with my remarks—I care deeply for our kids and want to do my very best to protect them.
We continue to keep the families and all those impacted by the senseless acts at Stoneman Douglas in our thoughts and prayers.
The statement comes after a number of people expressed outrage over Hanna’s comments which included coarse language and an all or nothing approach to the school safety issue.
At one point Hanna – who was opposed to the school safety bill passed by the Florida Legislature and signed by Governor Scott – said if you are against us …”get the hell out of the way.”
He referred to legislators as “idiots” and asked that the supporters of the gun safety bill be voted out.
Many people took to social media to express there feelings.