Armed To Stop Danger: Ohio School System Puts Guns In Hands Of Staff

By Jeff Neumeyer

January 11, 2013 Updated Jan 11, 2013 at 7:14 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Ohio (www.incnow.tv) --- Boosting school safety, or increasing the risk of being sued?

A northwest Ohio school system makes the bold move of arming staff members with guns.

But is it a move that could backfire?

It can be said with certainty that officials from Montpelier Ohio's Exempted Village Schools believe they are doing the right thing to make kids safer at school.

The new school policy, that specifies four staff members will have the duty to carry concealed weapons during school hours, will not go into force until those employees have been fully trained.

The action, of course, comes in the wake of the massacre last month in Newtown Connecticut.

Fort Wayne lawyer Konrad Urberg fears such a policy could get a school system in trouble.

Montpelier's superintendent counters that the ends justify the means.

" It's kind of a cliché, but the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, so we decided to be very selective, but to allow a select few individuals to conceal carry," said Superintendent Jamie Grime.

" In theory, it may sound good, we want to protect our children, which we all want to, but we have to also look at the potential ramifications, public safety and secondly, liability wise," Urberg said.

According to Urberg, any school district implementing such a policy needs to have strict guidelines on not only who can carry, but on how the firearms are to be kept from the reach of children.

Montpelier school officials already know which employees will be granted authority to carry weapons at school, but they aren’t keen on discussing that information publicly.

The plan is to see the policy implemented by March or April.




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