DELAWARE, Ohio - The idea of arming teachers to deal with school shooters has some willing volunteers according to Ohio's Buckeye Firearms Foundation.
Jim Irvine, president of the Buckeye Firearms Foundation, says the response by teachers and others in the school system has been positive with more than 600 across the state of Ohio applying for free training to carry a firearm into the school and classroom.
"It's not just teachers. Its administrators, principals, superintendents, office staff, guidance counselors, maintenance folks, food service people, transportation people," Irvine said.
The pilot training program would include a cross section of those who already have a concealed carry permit to those who have little to no experience with guns so the program can be analyzed and any needed changes made.
Irvine said the training will most likely be scheduled in March or April. He said it will be extensive and tailored to help school officials to prepare for school violence like what took place in Newtown, Connecticut.
The idea has been endorsed by Attorney General Mike DeWine, but it has triggered opposing views with some administrators and teachers adamantly against the idea.
Patricia Frost-Brooks, president of the Ohio Education Association, says teachers and other school employees should not be asked to serve a dual role and be armed with concealed weapons to face school intruders.
However the Buckeye Firearms Foundation president emphasizes the program would only include those who volunteer. "We've got multiple teachers who are former law enforcement officers. They've already been trained and deputized to carry firearms they just can't do it as a teacher and it doesn't make any sense," Irvine said.
Those who obtained their concealed carry permit would have to get permission from their administration.