Madison School District's policy to arm volunteer teachers and school staff came under challenge from Bloomberg-supported group of parents. The parents, working with Bloomberg’s law firm, Everytown Law, decided to play gamble with the children’s lives and filed a lawsuit to stop the practice.
However, the County Common Pleas Judge Charles Pater found no fault with the policy. The group appealed the decision and the 12th Appellate Court in Ohio added impossible conditions requiring teachers to have similar training to police officers to bear firearms in the school compound.
In the initial ruling, Judge Pater said teachers and school staff were not peace officers and therefore were not required to have training equivalent to police officers. However, the appellate court disagreed with the ruling and imposed the impossible requirements. Judge Robert Ringland wrote on behalf of the court.
“Rather, the plain language of the statute reveals that a board of education may only employ such persons if they have received significant training or have more than 20 years of experience,” the statement read in part.
The school district filed an appeal in the state high court saying the ruling removes the ability of the school district's ability to decide how to protect their children. Eleven other school districts have filed briefs in support of Madison School District.
Under the new requirements, it would cost $7,265 to send one teacher for peace training and would take over 18 weeks to complete while taking 8 hours a day for five days a week. Teachers could hardly juggle teaching and police training thus rendering the policy unworkable. The brief says the ruling, therefore, denies the school the power to decide on how to best protect the students.
Cleary, the new requirements have little impact on the safety of the students while rendering the policy almost impossible to implement. Research published by the International Journal of Police Science and Management shows that police officers with extensive training have no advantage over moderately trained individuals in a shootout.
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