Kirsters Baish| One Ohio Sheriff has explained that the best way to stop a mass shooting from happening is to educate teachers and arm them in order to make sure they know how to protect themselves and their students. Just a day after Nikolas Cruz made his way into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and murdered 17 people, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones put a video up on Facebook that explained that “the current way we do things in the school system needs to be changed.”
In his video, Sheriff Jones explained, “We need to put armed personnel in schools. We need to look at metal detectors. This is not going to stop or go away but we need to be prepared and we don’t need to have our heads in the sand.”
When Jones later explained who in schools should be armed, he made the suggestion that retired police officers and military veterans could be hired in schools as guards. He gave a second thought as well, suggesting that teachers should be trained and armed.
Jones took it further on Sunday when he posted on social media that he would be holding a “free concealed and Carry class” for teachers in his county.
I am going to offer free concealed and Carry class free 2 teachers in butler county. Limited number. Details coming soon on line. Also training on school shootings.
— Richard K. Jones (@butlersheriff) February 18, 2018
In a later tweet, Jones explained that he would be accepting 50 people to sit in on the class. He went on to say that any school employees that are interested should email his office. It only took 20 minutes for 50 requests to come through.
Interested had doubled since posting, keep it coming…#kidscomefirst
— Richard K. Jones (@butlersheriff) February 19, 2018
Teachers responded very positively to Jones’s offer on Twitter. They expressed an interest in learning to use firearms and an interest in protecting their students.
Western Journal reported:
“We’ve got to do something, and I’m doing it today,” he said. “We’re going to teach them about school shootings, what to do when someone brings a gun to the schools and you at least know how to deal with a gun, how to identify the gun, how many rounds that gun can shoot and what a bullet can do.”
“I believe that school teachers should be taught how to deal with guns, when guns come to the classroom,” Jones told WXIX. “What guns can do when they come to the classroom, and if the school boards want to give the authority to teachers to be armed. The school boards can do that, they have the authority to do it, but I’m going to do my part, and I assume I’m probably the only one in the state of Ohio that’s doing that — but something has to happen.”
Jones isn’t alone in his wishes for teachers to be armed. Dennis Bailey, Florida State Senator, recently proposed a bill which would let some teachers in Florida to be armed. On February 20, the legislation will be taken up.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos spoke last week and explained that the states “clearly have the opportunity and the option” to let certain teachers undergo training and be allowed to carry guns into school.
ABC News reported that DeVos told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, “This is an important issue for all states to grapple with and to tackle. I think this needs to be part of the broader, more robust conversation about how can we avoid these things in the future, and how can we ensure that when my child, your child, goes to school in the morning, they’re going to go to a safe and nurturing environment.”