MOUNT VERNON — Arming school personnel is perhaps one way school districts can increase school safety and security. Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine has suggested that school boards look into that option, but it is a complex question.
Rick Lewis, executive director of the Ohio School Boards Association, said OSBA does not have a formal platform on the issue but would advocate for the discussions and decisions to be a matter of local control.
“The tragedy of December 14 sends a sobering message that the safety plans that we have relied on in the past may no longer be adequate,” he said. “OSBA does not have all the answers, but we are in the process of working with state leaders to rethink school safety to try to minimize the chances of another single loss of life in Ohio’s schools.”
Lewis said school boards should continue to work with their community’s first responders to renew their commitment to providing the best safe schools environment they can. He said districts should review their security procedures, including crisis plans, agreements with local law enforcement, security drills and so on. These are practices area school districts participate in.
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