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Judge: Teachers don't need police-level gun training

Posted: 9:28 AM, Mar 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-01 10:28:41-05
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HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) -- A judge has ruled an Ohio school district's policy allowing trained teachers and staff to carry concealed weapons in school doesn't need to require the many training hours required of police.

A Butler County judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit parents filed against Madison Local Schools. The suit sought to prevent arming employees completing fewer than the 700-plus hours required of peace officers. The district policy requires fewer than 30 hours.

The judge did allow parents to have policy documentation they sought.

The parents' co-counsel, Rachel Bloomekatz, said in a statement they're grateful for the documentation but disagree with the training hours ruling and are considering all options.

A statement from the district, where a student shot and injured two classmates in 2016, says students' safety remains its primary concern.

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