Ohio K-12 School Votes to Arm Custodians

Someone suggested that I introduce this story with a pun about janitors cleaning up the schools… Couldn’t do it.

via The Daily Mail UK

An Ohio school board has unanimously voted to place armed custodians on their k-12 campus in an effort to better protect their students from a future mass shooting.

Following Wednesday’s believed unprecedented 5-0 vote in the state, four male janitors were the first to volunteer to arm themselves with their own handguns on the rural Montpelier campus, the Toledo Blade reports.

The vote will permit only non-teaching employees to carry the firearms on the campus, so long as they complete a weapons training course.

‘It’s kind of a sign of the times,’ Superintendent Jamies Grime said on Friday.

The move comes as districts and lawmakers across the nation weigh how to protect students following the December school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

The school board’s legal counsel accompanied the vote, Mr Grime told the Blade, who advised Ohio’s gun law which allows school boards to authorize employees to possess weapons on school grounds, should they pass the requirements of the concealed-carry law.

On the school district’s Facebook page, more than a dozen reacted positively to the announcement.

A firearms training program called GunTeachers took opportunity to also share on the school’s Facebook page their current educator’s discount: Free gun training to Ohio and Michigan school teachers and administrators.

That’s right, it says Ohio and Michigan teachers. Hear that, union thugs?

(Hat tip Javan Browder)

-Becca Lower

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