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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has officially signed a bill that will allow teachers to carry a gun after just 24 hours of training —drastically reducing the requirement, down from 700 hours.
From The New York Post…
DeWine said the measure, called House Bill 99, had been in the works since last year — but the recent mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas that left 19 elementary school kids and two teachers dead “certainly increased the urgency to enact it.”
The new law, which will still require individuals to be approved by school boards, is more practical than the previous standard, the governor argued.
“My office worked with the General Assembly to remove hundreds of hours of curriculum irrelevant to school safety and to ensure training requirements were specific to a school environment and contained significant scenario-based training,” DeWine said. “This does not require any school to arm teachers or staff,” he said. “Every school will make its own decision.”
“Our goal is to continue to help our public and private schools get the tools they need to protect our children,” DeWine said. “Working together, we have come a long way to improve school safety in Ohio over the last decade, and we must continue this progress. We have an obligation to do everything we can every single day to try and protect our kids.”
DeWine also passed a budget bill for more general school safety.
“Last week I called for significant investment to improve our school buildings so that every school building in the state, public and private, can meet the best practices for physical school safety. The Capital Budget contains $100 million for school security upgrades at K-12 schools and $5 million for campus security upgrades in higher education. I thank the General Assembly for supporting and protecting our students and teachers”
The Ohio teachers’ unions wanted DeWine to veto the bill; they released a statement.
“In the wake of the tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Ohio lawmakers are rushing to take action to address school safety concerns in our state. The Ohio Education Association and the Ohio Federation of Teachers want to be clear: House Bill 99 will make Ohio’s students less safe in their schools,” the unions said in a statement.
— New York Post (@nypost) June 13, 2022