Montpelier, Ohio School Board Votes to Arm Janitors in Schools

| by Michael Allen

The Montpelier Exempted Village Schools Board of Education in Montpelier, Ohio voted this week to arm school janitors with guns at the Williams County school, reports The Toledo Blade.

School janitors will be required to take a two-day training course at the Tactical Defense Institute, according to a memo that was sent to parents by Williams County school superintendent Dr. Jamison J. Grime.

Grime also wrote: "We take great pride in ensuring that our facility is safe and secure but the [Board of Education] and administration believed that this proactive measure would substantially enhance and strengthen our security efforts."

Grime told The Toledo Blade: "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. Having guns in the hands of the right people are not a hindrance. They are a means to protect."

School board President Larry Martin said: "Our main goal is to offer safety for our students while they are in the classrooms and in the building. We have to do something and this seems like the most logical, reasonable course to go with."

The school board's decision echoes the National Rifle Association’s recommendation to put armed guards in all the nation’s public schools.

However, the National Rifle Association failed to mention that there were armed personnel at the mass shootings at Virginia Tech and Fort Hood, which still resulted in numerous deaths.

While armed personnel may have helped end the shootings, earlier than police, the shooters at both locations still executed some of the nation’s worst massacres.