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Northeast Ohio schools re-think concealed carry and safety
Orrville allows science teacher-police officer to carry gun in school; other districts are mulling options
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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Attorney General Mike DeWine is opening a seminar this morning on how educators should respond in a school shooting situation. Some schools in Northeast Ohio are forging ahead with their own plans after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
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President Obama’s multi-faceted plan to curb gun violence does not directly address school safety or the NRA’s suggestion that armed guards be placed in every school.

But Northeast Ohio districts have been fielding calls from concerned parents for a month about what to do next. 

The school board in Orrville in rural Wayne County has approved letting a high school science teacher carry a gun in school. He’s also a police officer.

Superintendent Jon Ritchie says parent response has been overwhelmingly positive.

“We’ve kind of got the best of both worlds here. We have a person who is a schoolteacher and also a part-time law enforcement official. I think we would have had a completely different conversation, and I don't think our Board of Education would have entertained it, if it were just having a teacher trained with a concealed-carry permit.”

At least one other district – Montpelier – has approved similar measures. But other school boards are still weighing their options.

Hudson, in Summit County, is planning a community forum for Feb. 7. North Canton is installing bulletproof glass in entryways and equipping teachers with CB radios. And Solon, in southern Cuyahoga County, has had an armed drug-education officer in and out of the schools for two decades without incident.
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