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Ohio School System Allows Concealed Carry For Teachers

July 11, 2013 by  

The board of education for an Ohio school district has approved a concealed carry policy for teachers in the 1,300-student system.

The school board of the Newcomerstown Exempted Village school district approved the change for the upcoming academic year after parents of students attending the system’s four schools urged changes that would equip faculty and staff to answer a hypothetical active-shooter scenario by shooting back.

In order for selected employees of the school system to carry a concealed weapon on campus, they must complete training and certification by the local sheriff’s department each year, and must possess a concealed carry permit.

In order to ensure the program assuages possible criticism that teachers aren’t supposed to double as law enforcement officers, or that bad guys could plan a mass shooting around knowledge they might gain about how the program is carried out among the faculty, the board is keeping quiet about specifics.

“Our school safety plan is not public record for obvious reasons,” said Board President Jerry Lahmers “We also want to protect the safety of the individuals [carrying guns], so that they don’t become targets, if such a situation does occur. We hope that this policy will act as a deterrent. The policy is intended to provide that extra last margin of safety.”

H/T: Reason

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • William

    The school board should require extensive weapons training by law enforcement and deputize the armed teachers and make them adjunct law officers.

  • JimH

    With some of the teachers I’ve had, I would rather take my chances with the crazed shooter.
    Make sure they are trained.

  • ChuckS123

    I lean toward a combination of this and NRA. If you have teachers and/or staff that are capable and willing to carry, use them. Otherwise, consider hiring security guards. Maybe some of each. especially if you don’t have enough teacher/staff volunteers.

    Frontsight has offered free gun training for up to 3 teachers/staff from every school. Hopefully still valid. Check out the picture of the Israeli teacher with her gun and her little kids.

    http://www.ignatius-piazza-front-sight.com/2012/12/16/front-sights-monday-blog-i-told-you-so-in-1999-and-every-year-since/

  • securityman

    they don’t need to be officers. they just need the training and the will to pull the trigger. way to go ohio

  • Motov

    It’s a great idea to protect themselves, the children from weirdo’s that think it is cool to go on killing sprees.

  • Leon Barber

    A good solution for a difficult problem. Hope to see more schools join this process.

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