Montpelier: First Ohio School District To Arm Staff Members

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The Toledo Blade reported this week that the Montpelier school board voted to arm the district's custodial staff with handguns. It's a first for the state of Ohio.

School officials say that having armed personnel - believed to be the first for any school system in Ohio - is designed to thwart incidents of violence and prevent what happened in Newtown, Conn., from occurring here.

"Sitting back and doing nothing and hoping it doesn't happen to you is just not good policy anymore. There is a need for schools to beef up their security measures," Supertendent Jamie Grime told The Blade today. "Having guns in the hands of the right people are not a hindrance. They are a means to protect."

Via a memo sent to Montpelier families, it was learned that parents and community members were not informed of this plan until this week's vote. Grime added that the measure will not be enacted for at least one month.

The decision was approved unanimously, however. Janitors will be required to pass the concealed-carry policies set forth by the state and undergo two entire days of training.

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