PALMETTO, Fla. (CBS Local) — A charter school in Florida has hired two combat veterans to patrol the grounds with semi-automatic rifles to protect students from any active shooters, according to officials.

Principal Bill Jones said he wants to make sure if an armed intruder were to enter the campus of Manatee School for the Arts in Palmetto, they would be met with swift, overwhelming and deadly force.

“If someone walks onto this campus, they’re going to be shot and killed,” Jones told The Bradenton Herald. “We’re not going to talk with them. We’re not going to negotiate. We are going to put them down, as quickly as possible.”

All schools in Florida were mandated to have armed security on campus following the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

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