WTAP (NBC Parkersburg, WV) reported recently that the Warren Local Schools board of education has voted to approve the concealed arming of staff members.
From the article:
“This was a long time study of looking into different programs,” superintendent Kyle Newton said.
Newton says the district didn’t just rush into this decision to allow concealed carrying of firearms for selected faculty members, but rather began researching and looking at this option after Parkland.
“Last spring when Parkland happened and some of the other instances that have taken place,” he added, “it was like we have to seriously consider this as an option as one piece of our overall safety plan.”
The article notes that participation is voluntary and confidential. The person must have a concealed handgun license, must be approved by the district’s safety committee, take a drug test and go through multiple training programs.
Superintendent Newtown noted that the decision is based on the fact a “quick” response time from law enforcement in rural areas could be 10 to 15 minutes.
Chad D. Baus served as Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary from 2013-2019. He is co-founder of BFA-PAC, and served as its Vice Chairman for 15 years. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website, and is also an NRA-certified firearms instructor.