Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announces school safety measures, talks arming teachers
After a rash of school shootings across the country, Governor Mike DeWine announced his plans for increased safety measures in every school across Ohio.
"THE GOAL IS THAT NO MATTER WHERE A CHILD GOES TO SCHOOL, THAT THESE BASIC SAFETY NEEDS ARE MET WITHIN THAT SCHOOL WHERE THE CHILD GOES," Governor DeWine said.
The goal begins with a new chief training officer for the Ohio School Safety Center that will oversee the safety and crisis division.
That position is part of House Bill 99 which allows teachers to carry firearms in schools if the district chooses after the person undergoes 24 hours of training.
"IF A SCHOOL WANTS TO PROVIDE MORE THAN 24 HOURS, WE WILL ALSO PROVIDE THEM WITH A CURRICULUM. SO, IF THEY WANT TO HAVE 32 HOURS, IF THEY WANT TO HAVE 50 HOURS, WHATEVER THEY WANT TO REQUIRE, WE WILL PROVIDE THEM WITH A CURRICULUM," DeWine said.
But, not everyone is on board with the bill.
The Ohio Federation of Teachers does stand behind DeWine's idea to beef up safety measures, but having guns inside the schools, not so much.
"IT'S A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION TO MAKE SURE SCHOOLS HAVE THE RESOURCES TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THEIR BUILDINGS SAFE BUILDINGS, HOWEVER, I DISAGREE WITH THEM ON THINGS LIKE HOUSE BILL 99 AND AROUND ISSUES LIKE WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT THE ISSUE OF GUN SAFETY," Melissa Cooper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers said.
There will also be school threat assessment teams, mental health resources and 100 million dollars toward security needs.