Arming teachers: Ohio’s new law awaits the governor’s signature
This is not how we solve the school shooting problem
From the Ohio Capital Journal:
Republican state lawmakers sent a bill to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday that empowers local boards of education to allow teachers to carry a gun in the classroom. DeWine says he will sign the bill.— Ohio Capital Journal (@OhioCapJournal) June 2, 2022
By @jake_zuckerman https://t.co/9T1dNjnv86
From Zuckerman's article:
Republican state lawmakers sent a bill to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday that empowers local boards of education to allow teachers to carry a gun in the classroom.
Under current law, a teacher would need consent of a board plus more than 700 hours of training to bear arms in school.
But under House Bill 99, that teacher would need consent of the board and to meet certain training requirements, which are capped by the state at 24 hours unless the local board demands more. The legislation, a rewrite of which was only unveiled Tuesday, doesn’t clearly establish any minimum number of training hours, and ample dispute and confusion exists as to what minimum standards the bill calls for.
The old law, which required 700 hours of training, probably had few takers. The new law will likely encourage some teachers to become gun-carriers. On any number of legal, philosophical, and practical levels, arming teachers is not the answer. And arming them with very little training is courting even more disastrous consequences.
From teacher Nicholas Ferroni:
In Ohio, you currently need:— Nicholas Ferroni (@NicholasFerroni) June 2, 2022
- 1,800 hours of training to be a barber
- 1,500 hours of training to be a cosmetologist
- 737 hours of training to be a police officer
- and 25 hours of training for a teacher to carry a gun around children
And from Shari Obrenski:
Cleveland Teachers Union President Shari Obrenski on a bill to arm teachers:— Heartland Signal (@HeartlandSignal) June 1, 2022
"[We] aren't trusted to do curriculum or with the books we choose. But we're supposed to be trusted with a gun in school? ... We don't want to have to determine whether or not we shoot one of our kids." pic.twitter.com/yPjyeqxuws
Why would anyone go into education?
Can the West Virginia legislature be very far behind on this?
When will this gun madness end?