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Could janitors be one school’s line of defense?

No members of the public spoke out against the measure at a recent school board meeting, board President Larry Martin said.

A rural school district in Ohio is drawing attention with its plans to arm a handful of its non-teaching employees with handguns this year—perhaps even janitors.

Four employees in the Montpelier schools have agreed to take a weapons training course and carry their own guns inside the district’s one building, which houses 1,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, school officials said.

“It’s kind of a sign of the times,” Superintendent Jamie Grime said Jan. 11.

The Toledo Blade reported that the employees were janitors, but school officials would not confirm that to The Associated Press, saying only that they are employees who don’t have direct supervision over the students in the northwest Ohio district.

The four employees who will carry guns all volunteered to take part, Grime said. The school plans to pay for them to attend a two-day training course.

(Next page: Reaction to the move)

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  1. kevinsmith5

    January 14, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    It seems that these massacres only occur in places where the shooters know there will be no one to offer a defense. The theater in Colorado was in a town where concealed carry is illegal, Virginia Tech banned concealed carry, concealed carry at the school where the massacre occurred was illegal. That some people have essentially reacted with amazed horror at the proposition of giving school employees the ability to defend their students against mad men tends to make one question the sanity of those people. And to the author of the article-assault rifles are selective fire fully automatic weapons that are illegal in the US except to certain police and military organizations and registered collectors. The shooter in Connecticut did not use one.