Emergency response training program launched for Ohio school staff

Published: Mar. 3, 2016 at 8:21 PM EST
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School shootings have raised a lot of questions over the years regarding the safety of faculty and students.

The idea of having teachers carrying weapons in schools raises many questions, and you will probably find yourself on either side of the fence with whether you are for, or against a teacher having a gun in the classroom.

In response to the tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, the Buckeye Firearms Association has started an emergency response training program, in Ohio, for teachers, administrators, and other school staff.

The non profit program, called FASTER, has provided training to hundreds of teachers and administrators across the state, over the last three years, including some in Washington County.

The program gives individuals carefully structured curriculum that entails over twenty six hours of hands-on training over a course of 3 days.

The problem remains having an educator also be the enforcer.

Stephanie Starcher, a superintendent, said, "And so I'm not saying I'm anti-weapon or strict gun control.

I'm just saying that I don't think the role of educators is to carry guns in schools."

Sheriff Larry Mincks, of Washington County, said, "For a teacher, who has been trained primarily as an educator, this might be a huge switch for them to actually pull out a gun and take the life of someone else.

I think if we are going to put guns in the school at all it should probably be a trained police officer."

Now, this program only offers training to school staff.

It does not certify teachers to carry a weapon in the classroom.

We are still a long ways away from teachers being able to carry a concealed weapon at school.

In the future, local board of education members, and the superintendents will be the ultimate decision-makers on if they would allow this.

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