After the attack on a synagogue that took the life of 11 people, Governor Rick Scott is asking for amped up security at Jewish Day schools.
Governor Scott asked the Florida Legislature to double Jewish Day School security spending to $4 million for the school year, saying that “Saturday’s attack in Pittsburgh was pure evil, and we must continue to be clear — violence and hatred is not tolerated in Florida.”
In a letter sent to Florida sheriffs and police chiefs, Governor Scott assured that “I am a strong believer that you, local law enforcement professionals, are best suited to keep your communities safe.”
In terms of security funding, Governor Scott explained that “Over the last few years, we have worked to increase security funding, and the Legislature should take additional action as soon as possible to further our commitment.”
He also added that “I appreciate the Legislature’s support, and we are deeply appreciative of Florida’s law enforcement community who put their lives at risk every day to keep our communities safe. We will continue to mourn those who were lost on Saturday and will do everything in our power to prevent this kind of evil from harming anyone in Florida.”
He also noted that “Immediately following the attack, we acted to help protect everyone’s right to peacefully worship by ordering enhanced patrols from state troopers at religious institutions, but we must do more. Today, I am directing additional security enhancements and calling on the Florida Legislature to double security funding for Florida’s Jewish Day Schools this school year.”
The Governor’s call drew the support of Randy Fine, a Republican Jewish lawmaker who is the state representative for Florida’s 53rd House District.
Commenting on the shooting, Fine said that “My synagogue always has a sheriff there for major services. It’s sad we live in a world where Jews have to be afraid to pray.”