Ohio School Board Votes to Arm Janitors

montpelier-exempted-village-schools  They sweep, they mop, they clean up food fights, and now they protect our kids. A Ohio school district has voted to allow janitors to carry guns on campus.

The vote was unanimous,5-0, in the Montpelier Exempted Village Schools, which appears to be a first in the nation. The vote came one month after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

Janitors will be allowed to carry guns at work after completing a two-day handgun course. The city of Montpelier is made up of 4,000 people, and has one school that is a k-12 campus.

The Obama administration is considering funding police officers to protect school campuses.

Superintendent Jamie Grime told The Toledo Blade,”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. Having guns in the hands of the right people are not a hindrance. They are a means to protect.”

This unprecedented move is legal under Ohio’s gun laws, which allow school boards to authorize employees to possess weapons on school grounds if they comply with the concealed-carry law.

This leads to the question, will this really deter those that wish to cause harm to innocent children and people? Only time will tell, as we move forward from Sandy Hook more shootings at schools have taken place. What we need to do as a nation is make the media, yes including myself and others at Guardian Express to not give the name of the perpetrator(s). Taking away the fame may be more impactful affect to stopping this nonsense. Yet we must applaud the Monteplier School Board for their actions. By Steve Kish


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