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Ohio Supreme Court Rules Armed School Employees Must Take Police-Level Training

An educator prepare to enter the shoot house, which is meant to simulate a hallway, doors and corners of a school.
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An educator prepare to enter the shoot house, which is meant to simulate a hallway, doors and corners of a school.

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that school districts must provide police-level training to employees carrying concealed weapons.

At issue was a policy adopted by Madison Local Schools in Butler County in southwestern Ohio. The district voted to allow armed school employees after a 2016 shooting in which two students were shot and wounded by a 14-year-old boy.

A group of parents sued the district in September 2018 to prevent teachers from being armed without extensive training.

The state high court ruled 4-3 Wednesday that armed school employees must undergo an approved basic peace-officer-training program or have 20 years experience as a police officer.

A bill in the Ohio House would allow teachers and school workers to carry guns in schools if they have the eight hours of training that comes with earning a concealed carry license.

The bill, which gives local school districts the authority to require additional training, is sparking a debate on how to keep students safe in the classroom.

Rep. Thomas Hall (R-Middletown) said, the bill would give local officials the authority to come up with a school safety plan that could include more training.
Hall's father was the school resource officer at Madison High School, who chased the shooter out of the building.