The school board of Montpelier, Ohio, in a 5-0 vote, decided to allow school custodians to undergo firearms training and carry concealed weapons. In short, the school board's response is to arm the janitors.
The school board of Montpelier, Ohio have approved on a vote of 5-0, on Wednesday night, to allow handguns at the Williams County school. However, this measure only allows members of the custodial staff to be packing heat. In this respect, this is similar to an idea of gun rights proponents of arming the teachers and administrators. This response is part of the aftermath of the shocking and horrifying school shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
On December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza forced his way into the school grounds and killed almost 30 people. Most of the victims were just young children and one of the victims was the school principal. With these circumstances, it reignited a very divisive debate on guns. The National Rifle Association (NRA), after remaining silent for about a week, spoke out and said that a “good guy with a gun” is the only thing that can stop mass shootings from happening. From gun rights proponents, there were these proposals: arm the faculty, more armed guards, etc. In the case of the Montpelier Exempted Village Schools Board, it's to arm the janitors.
In a Huffington Post article, there are possible faults pointed out in regards to this concept. The article says that having armed custodial staff with “minimal training” creates a false sense of security which is similar to having your typical security guards.
The Toledo Blade reports on mixed reactions to this proposal. There are parents that have no problem with the concept of arming the school janitors. At the same time, there are parents that are against the concept of arming the school janitors. It reports that four male janitors have stepped forward and volunteered for a two-day training course in March. There are parents that would rather have police officers than armed janitors at the school.
On a Think Progress article, it says that this isn't the first time the concept was introduced. People have taken to Facebook to sound off against the idea of arming the janitors.
One person, commenting on the article via Facebook, is a school custodian from North Seattle. According to this post, they'd have to double his pay and pay for his bulletproof vest if the school district he worked for attempted the same thing.
Another person, asks why stop at just the janitors. So far, this has a sarcastic feel. Under this post, there is the sarcastic suggestion of arming the lunchroom staff, the school mascot, etc.
In another Facebook response, one person asks about the following: background checks, psych testing, gun training, response training, and so forth. One person responding to that post said that even the police aren't trained for close quarter combat (CQC) in which responding to a school shooting would be. That same response points out that SWAT and military spec-ops are trained for that.
People responding to the Huffington Post article said the same thing. In this respect, many people aren't keen on the idea of arming the janitors or other custodial staff.
In the case of Montpelier, Ohio, not many are complaining. It is reported that this is a place where the 2nd Amendment is very important to the residents.