Ohio school board approves plan to arm custodians

"Having guns in the hands of the right people are not a hindrance," the school superintendent said

Published January 11, 2013 9:45PM (EST)

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A school board in Ohio approved a plan to allow custodians to carry handguns as a way to thwart potential shooters like the one in Newtown, Conn.

The Montpelier Exempted Village Schools Board of Education voted 5-0 on Wednesday to carry firearms at a K-12 campus. "Our main goal is to offer safety for our students while they are in the classrooms and in the buiding," said Larry Martin, president of the school board. "We have to do something, and this seems like the most logical, reasonable course to go with."

From the Toledo Blade:

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."

By Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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