Janitors Are Dubbed School's Line Of Defense
Following an increase in school shootings across the country, one rural district in Ohio is considering supplying its non-teaching employees with handguns, including the janitors. In fact, four employees have already agreed to take a weapons training course and carry their own guns inside the district building, which houses 75 teachers/staff and 1,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
According to Associated Press reporting, the move comes as districts and lawmakers across the nation weigh how to protect students following the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., and after the National Rifle Association called for an armed officer in every U.S. school.
Lawmakers in South Carolina, Oklahoma, Missouri and South Dakota are already looking into legislation that would allow teachers and other school employees to have guns. Taking that one step further, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst called for state-funded, specialized firearms training for teachers and administrators.
But while some states work on passing legislation, the Ohio school has already offered to pay for the two-day weapons training for it's staff, assuming that those carrying guns will not have direct supervision of students. It was decided that teachers should not be armed because their first priority in an emergency should be locking doors and protecting students.
The school already has security cameras and locked doors, and requires visitors to be buzzed into the front entrance.
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