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Jewish schools in Florida to get $2 million in security funding

Posted at 10:24 PM, May 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-17 06:26:51-04

More funding for school security at Jewish schools is set to take effect July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.

$2 million will be doled out to Jewish schools statewide, more than double than what was appropriated this fiscal year. The money can be used for video surveillance, bullet proof glass, and alarm systems.

"This is my last year as governor, but my goal is that continues," said Governor Rick Scott.   "As I've traveled to some of the day schools I've told everybody, everyone needs to stay active, like you have to talk to your house member and senate member and tell them how important this is."

But there is a catch, the funding only applies to Jewish day schools, not organizations that provide pre-school or after school programs.

"Absolutely I would, ask the governor to expand the reach of that security," said CEO of the Jewish Federation Jeffrey Feld.

Feld says it's needed because there has been an uptick in anti-Semitic incidents in Collier County.

In 2016 someone shot the sign at Temple Shalom, but Feld says there have been other incidents since.

"People putting swastikas on people's doors, on their driveways."

Feld says the incidents coincide with an increase in hate groups around the country.

"Some of them are dedicated more to one group than another, some of them are equal opportunity haters."

The Jewish Federation is working with the Collier County Sheriff's Office and Naples Police on investigating and arresting those involved in committing racial threats and violence.