Teachers offered free gun training from Butler County sheriff

Teachers offered free gun training from Butler County sheriff
Published: May. 26, 2022 at 11:18 AM EDT
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BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones is offering free firearm training to teachers in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at a Texas elementary school.

Sheriff Jones says his office is offering free Conceal Carry permit classes for anyone who is associated with a school in the county.

“I’m encouraging school board to put armed school personnel in the school plus teachers, not every teacher, it can be a janitor,” Sheriff Jones explained. “It can be somebody that works in the school. It’s up to the school boards. Every time we bring this up the school boards go silent and they just hope it goes away.”

The sheriff has made firearm training available to teachers in previous years. Previous training sessions have had as many as 350 people signup for lessons, the sheriff said.

The goal for these training sessions is to get teachers more comfortable with firearms, the sheriff noted Thursday. It will also teach teachers how to respond in shooting situations.

“You can’t be like an ostrich and have your head in the sand,” Sheriff Jones explained. “You’ve got to be able to know what gunfire sounds like.”

[To signup for firearm training, click here]

In December of 2018, a 16-year-old student at Hamilton Freshman School was found with a loaded gun. A day later, Sheriff Jones announced he was holding a free training session for teachers.

The sheriff said at the time, “If guns are in schools, they need to understand what they look like, sound like and what they can do.”

His message has remained the same through the years.

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On Wednesday, he called for added safety measures in schools.

“We’ve got to stand up and we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do to protect the kids in school. What we’re doing now is not enough and we need to be on the same page. It doesn’t matter what political party you belong to or don’t belong to. You’ve gotta make these schools safe.”

Even with a conceal and carry permit, a teacher can not take a gun into school.

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