Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) has signed a bill that would enable school teachers and personnel to carry guns while on duty with reduced training requirements.
“House Bill 99, as you know, also addresses the option, and it is an option, of arming school staff,” DeWine said in a press conference. “Although this bill was in development well before the recent tragedy in Texas, that heartbreaking school shooting certainly increased the urgency to enact it since many learned of House Bill 99 in the wake of this Texas shooting.”
Under state statutes pre-dating HB-99, anybody licensed by a school board to bring a gun on school premises would need to go through the minimum training hours of a policeman, which would be more than 700 hours or 20 years of police experience.
Those hours are not simply related to gun training. They likewise consist of driving courses, stopping traffic, examining auto crashes, and running a radar gun– abilities that are not applicable to instructors or school security personnel.
DeWine stated he believed that the majority of schools would find the previously necessary 700 hours of training impractical for teachers and personnel. He likewise added that Ohio requires legislation to guarantee the training isn’t merely substantial, but in fact appropriate to school security and active shooter risks.
HB-99 enables the Ohio School Safety Center to need as much as 24 hours of training curriculum, however, DeWine is directing the center to need all 24 hours. The training consists of de-escalation, crisis intervention, emergency treatment, situation-based training, and psychology of crucial occurrences.
The brand-new law likewise needs 8 extra hours of requalification training yearly, along with yearly criminal background checks.
“Schools are not required to do this,” DeWine mentioned. “What the bill does is essentially reverts back to the prior practice of allowing local school districts to make a local decision on whether or not they’ll permit certain school staffmembers to be armed on school grounds. This is a local choice,” DeWine said. “It is not mandated by the legislature nor by the government. Each school board will determine what is best for their students, their staff, and their community.”
The bill is currently drawing criticism from some.
“I’ve had some of my members say, if they were to allow guns into our schools, they would leave the profession,” said Shari Obrenski, president of the Cleveland Teachers Union. “They would pack it up and call it a day. We are asked to do so much. Now to ask us to be the police professionals in all of this is a bridge too far.”