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Plan to arm janitors draws mixed reactions

January 17, 2013

MONTPELIER, OH — The Montpelier Exempted Village Schools board voted unanimously to allow janitors to carry their own guns inside schools, according to the Toledo Blade.

armedSchool officials originally raised the idea of arming nonteaching staffs six months ago in response to "periodic national incidents of classroom violence," but the December 14 massacre of 20 students and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School pushed the board to make the plan a reality, the article stated.

According to the article, four janitors, all men, have volunteered to take part in the arming plan and will attend a two-day training course to be held in March.

Parents in the district have mixed feelings about the decision: Mark Earle, father of two Montpelier students, said that arming janitors to deter violence could become a standard practice for schools in Ohio and throughout the country, while Shannon Siler said she was not sold on the idea of having janitors carrying guns, preferring the idea of hiring police officers to tighten security in the school, the article noted.

"I think some school districts have already implemented armed guards in schools to stop the possibility of incidents as far as violence with people entering the schools," said Mr. Earle.

"I am a little leery. I know they are going to be doing all this training and stuff, but what if a janitor goes psychotic?" said Ms. Siler, the mother of two girls.

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