Ohio School Board Says We Have to Get Rid of Gun Free Zones and Allows Teachers to Carry
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An Ohio board of education has decided to allow teachers and staff of the Newcomerstown Exempted Village School District to carry firearms in school to protect themselves and children in the event of a shooting.
According to TimesReporter.com, The board of education recently approved the policy authorizing “certain persons designated by the board and superintendent to convey deadly weapons … in a school safety zone of the Newcomerstown Exempted Village School District.”
Staff who will be allowed to carry handguns will be designated by the school board, must possess a carry permit and must also undergo specialized tactical training with the county sheriff’s office.
One of the more encouraging bits of info from the TimesReporter article is the following,
The group, calling itself the Parent Safety Committee, cited a New York Daily News report that stated, “With a single exception, every multiple-victim public shooting in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed since at least 1950 has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry their own firearms.”
The committee contended there was a need to “get rid of gun-free zones” such as schools, where no one is armed to combat an attack by an outsider.
It’s encouraging to see at least some school districts are realizing that gun free zones only create victims and do nothing to curb violence.
The measure allowing staff to carry will go into affect for the 2013-14 school year starting in August and officials say at least one staff member already has the needed credentials to begin carrying.