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Teachers Line Up for Safety Training Classes, Janitors Get Guns

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Friday, January 11, 2013 at 4:43 PM


Last month's school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School put teachers, principals, and other school staff on high alert. It also raised the question of how to prevent school shootings. Training school personel is at the top of the list of proposed solutions.

In Ohio, teachers who want training in how to deal with a school shooting have several options these days.

They can learn to shoot guns with the Buckeye Firearms Association, or they can opt for a gun-free training program courtesy of the Ohio Attorney General.

The firearms training has been so popular more than 1,000 teachers and other school personel have applied for just 24 spots, including teachers from out of state. And the gun-free safety training has had to add extra training dates.

From a press release sent out by the Ohio Attorney General's office:

The free courses, which will be held across the state in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education, will provide educators with insight on how to identify the actions of active shooters before they commit their crimes.  The course will also include training on how to respond in a school shooting situation.

"The goal of these courses is to give our teachers and school staff ideas on what to look for and how to respond if the unthinkable happens,"  said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.  "We hope our educators never have to apply this training, but we want them to be prepared."

But it's not just teachers who are hoping to hone their school defense skills. The Montpelier school board recently voted unanimously to allow four school janitors to carry handguns.

From the Toledo Blade:

School officials say having armed personnel, which may be a first for any school system in Ohio, is designed to thwart incidents of violence and prevent what happened in Newtown, Conn., from occurring in Montpelier.

“Sitting back and doing nothing and hoping it doesn’t happen to you is just not good policy anymore. There is a need for schools to beef up their security measures,” Supertendent Jamie Grime told The Blade on Thursday.

“Having guns in the hands of the right people are not a hindrance. They are a means to protect.”

The school had been considering arming staff for half a year, but hadn't discussed it publicly until this week's board meeting. The board also met privately with the local police chief to discuss the plan's implementation.


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