Butler County, Ohio Sheriff Richard K. Jones is doing exactly what POTUS talked about. It’s up to the states to do what they can to protect students in schools. We reported (see below) on Texas and Missouri schools that already train teachers to protect the students by being armed. This sheriff isn’t waiting for the feds to do something…

Sheriff Richard Jones, offered free gun training to teachers: “We have to do something here because we can’t wait for our government to do anything.”


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CNN shows a report about a Texas school in which students say they “feel protected” knowing the teachers are armed. The school is another rural school just like the ones in Missouri where the teachers are armed. It’s just common sense to have armed teachers when it would take too long for the police to come quickly for an emergency.

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Training once a year and target practice are requirements. Armed teachers should be volunteers and should be trained so they will be ready at all times. Notice how the CNN commentators never say this would be voluntary. They make it sound like the teachers would be forced to do this.

President Trump wants states to arm selected teachers in schools after the Florida school shooting that killed 17:


President Trump wants states to arm selected teachers in schools after the Florida school shooting that killed 17:


It turns out that this policy has already been in effect for years in several Missouri school districts. Aaron Sydow, superintendent of a district in the city of West Plains, told USA Today that it’s “sad that it’s come to this” but necessary.


It makes sense to arm teachers who live in rural areas like these in Missouri because it would take way too long for police officers to arrive.


Teachers interested in carrying concealed weapons go through 40 hours of training — which also includes a psychiatric evaluation. Those who pass must also undergo 24 hours of training every year. He said there are “several” teachers armed in the school but wouldn’t say how many for security reasons.

When Aaron Sydow heard about the president’s position, he was encouraged.

After all, Sydow’s school district has been doing it for years.

Sydow is the superintendent of the Fairview R-XI School District in West Plains, Mo. Shortly after 20 first-graders were killed in 2012 at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, Fairview schools partnered with a local security company to start arming some teachers.

More than a dozen other Missouri schools have followed Fairview’s lead.

The American Federation of Teachers this week came out against arming teachers. And the three biggest school districts in the Springfield area told the News-Leader they have no plans to adopt the president’s suggestion.

The debate about whether teachers should be armed was thrust back into the national discussion after a gunman killed 17 people last week at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Sydow said when he started in education 20 years ago, he could not have imagined teachers walking the hallways with concealed handguns, but this is a different day and age.


Sydow said one reason why the district felt it would be a good idea to arm teachers is because of the rural location of the school in Howell County.

“If there was an event out here at this particular school and if a sheriff’s deputy was sitting in his car at the sheriff’s office waiting for us to call, it would be a minimum of 8 minutes before arrival,” Sydow said.

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