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Ohio schools ask state supreme court to support armed personnel

Ohio Capital Journal |

Arguing for their right to arm school personnel, 17 schools from 11 counties in Ohio asked the Ohio Supreme Court to allow them to continue using firearms as an option for student safety. Four of the schools came from Shelby County, two each represented Hardin and Montgomery counties, and one district each from Tuscarawas, Williams, Adams, Morgan, Noble, Coshocton and Portage counties were listed on a brief to the court.

The schools are asking for the state’s highest court to reverse an appeals court decision that said state law did not allow boards of education to allow armed personnel without training on the same level as police and security officers.

The school districts argue that Ohio Revised Code allows anyone to carry a firearm into a school safety zone with the written authorization from the board of education and the law does not require teachers or anyone other than police and security personnel to be trained to the standard of the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA).

The school representatives urged the court to recognize that decisions about student safety “are best left to locally-elected boards of education.”