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Could janitors be one school’s line of defense?

From staff and wire reports
January 14th, 2013

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)