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Some school employees to be permitted to carry guns

Published: 7/8/13 @ 12:00

Associated Press


Some employees of an eastern Ohio school district will be allowed to carry guns on school property under a new policy going into effect in the fall.

The Newcomerstown Exempted Village School District board recently OK’d a policy authorizing certain employees designated by the board and superintendent to carry guns, The Times-Reporter of New Philadelphia reports.

The district released few details of the plan allowing selected employees to carry guns in a designated school-safety zone. Board President Jerry Lahmers says it would be counterproductive if the general public knew how many people were authorized to carry weapons or in which buildings they worked.

Those carrying guns must get tactical training and be recertified by the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Department annually. They also must have a permit to carry a concealed handgun.

“We want to keep our students safe,” Superintendent Jeff Staggs said.

A citizens group had asked that the board to allow guns in the district’s buildings and that school employees be trained and armed. The Parent Safety 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.

Lahmers said the new policy should help keep kids safe.

“I think it would be somewhat of a deterrent,” he said.


Posted by Ceaman (anonymous) on July 8, 2013 at 12:37 a.m.

What a great Idea. Just what kind of guns will be carried? I suggest an Uzi an MP4 a couple of stun grenades and full body armor to be on the safe side.
A Bradley A.F.V. or an Abrams tank parked nearby as support, a couple 60mm mortars positioned on the roof and an F14 fighter available at short notice OR just look at our antiquated gun laws and update them to the real world not some 18th century ideal. I have no reason to believe Great Britain is about to invade the U.S.A in the next few years.

Posted by popeye (anonymous) on July 8, 2013 at 9:04 p.m.

As a former school employee I believe the Newcomerstown school board made a good and wise decision. The key here is TRAINING and local law enforcement support and help. The best resource officer can only be in one place at once. A well trained school employee may help save a life or many lives. Newcomerstown school board and their local law enforcement should be commended in doing something positive to protect students and school staff.