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BROOKFIELD TWP. Ohio - School superintendent Tim Saxton has been helping educate kids for 23 years and says he never thought a day would come he would be in favor of hiring an armed school resource officer or having trained staff who volunteer to do the same.

However, he says that day has arrived.

"I'd rather have trained officer and individual and weapon between asailant and the general student population than desk or phone or chair," Saxton says.

He believes the National School Shield program, just like the locked doors, can help act as another layer of defense. Saxton tells us the school board has already started looking at critical aspects that could help protect children.

The National Shield recommendations call for comprehensive training in use of the weapon concealment and retention.

NSS official Asa Hutchinson said that those involved in the training will have to go through background checks, testing, screening and 40 to 60 hours of training.

Liberty Police Chief Richard Tisone says he has no problem with the plan, and says it's an unfortunate reaction to the times we live in considering crimes that have stolen innocent children's lives, like in Newtown, Connecticuit and other school shootings.

"Given the average shooting takes about 20 minutes from start to finish, and that's not enough time for police to get there, by the time they are there the damage has already been done," Tisone says. 

The National Shield Recommendations states that it would be up to every district to make it's own decision on what is appropriate for their school system.

Several teachers unions are denouncing the recommendations. However, Saxton, as well as several other superintendent, say banning guns from school campuses isn't working.

"Even for myself, I plan on taking the training this summer," Saxton says.

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