Among the several things schools can do to protect children from harm, I suspect that arming school custodians does not appear at the top of anyone’s list. At least anyone who is not writing for The Onion.
Except in Montpelier, Ohio:
The 5-0 vote of the board Wednesday night to allow handgun training for four custodians to be able to tote weapons at the K-12 campus at the Williams County school came after last month’s deadly shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
School officials say that having armed personnel – believed to be the first for any school system in Ohio – is designed to thwart incidents of violence and prevent what happened in Newtown, Conn., from occurring here.
“Sitting back and doing nothing and hoping it doesn’t happen to you is just not good policy anymore. There is a need for schools to beef up their security measures,” Supertendent Jamie Grime told The Blade today. “Having guns in the hands of the right people are not a hindrance. They are a means to protect.”
I’ve got nothing but sympathy for school custodians. They are hard workers, and they are poorly paid. They are usually the first to be let go when a school district is under a budget crunch, which is practically all the time. So adding the extra burden of training them and then giving them the duty of being the school’s protection squad is just desperately stupid.
HT to LGM.