Springboro board member pushing for armed teachers

Published: Jan. 11, 2013 at 4:43 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 11, 2013 at 9:52 AM EST
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SPRINGBORO, OH (FOX19) - Will teachers soon be carrying guns at Springboro schools? They will if Jim Rigano gets his way.

He's a newly elected school board member who brought the subject up on Thursday night at a meeting of all school board officials.

"I think it's a discussion we need to be having. I know there's a lot of issues about it, and if we do that we need to make sure that those guns don't end up being a bigger problem," he said.

He's suggested this because of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT on Dec. 14.

"Personally, when I think about what those school board members and those administrators are going through, I mean they had an emergency plan, probably a lot like our emergency plan, and it didn't work," added Rigano.

However, he believes proper training is the key.

"Yes, I think they should have more training than required for a concealed carry permit. The Buckeye Firearms Association in Ohio alone has had over 1,000 teachers, administrators, and staff apply to carry a weapon on their school grounds".

Others disagree. Two Wright State University students who talked with FOX19 said they attended the meeting just to see the debate.

"It is complicated," said Michael Tyler. "What if the teachers get into an issue with a student, and the student reaches for a gun. What does the training actually involve?"

Another student, Jason McKever said, "It's very possible another student can get that gun and possibly use it against another student or teacher. I can easily see how the gun can be mismanaged, even if that person knows how to shoot the gun."

No decision was made on Thursday night. It was instead referred to the school district's policy board.

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