Ohio school district allows teachers, staff to carry weapons

A school board at a southwest Ohio district where a student shot and wounded two classmates has voted to allow teachers and staff to carry weapons.

WLWT-TV reports the Madison Local School District board voted unanimously yesterday to allow employees to "defend and protect students." James Austin Hancock was 14 when he opened fire at Madison Junior-Senior High School in February 2016. Two students were wounded and two others were injured in the ensuing melee.

The new policy says staff members who wish to carry a firearm must receive written authorisation from the superintendent, have a concealed carry permit and undergo active shooter training.

School district officials haven't said when the policy will be implemented. The Madison schools are north of Cincinnati in Butler County.

 

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