Teachers don't need police-level gun training, Ohio judge rules

A group of parents in Butler County filed suit to prevent arming employees completing fewer than the 700-plus hours required of peace officers.
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Ohio teachers following NRA shooting training session following persistent violence in U.S. schools on Feb. 24, 2013.Sebastiano Tomada / Sipa USA/AP File

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By Associated Press

HAMILTON, Ohio — A judge has ruled an Ohio school district's policy allowing trained teachers and staff to carry concealed weapons in school doesn't need to require the many training hours required of police.

A Butler County judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit parents filed against Madison Local Schools. The suit sought to prevent arming employees completing fewer than the 700-plus hours required of peace officers. The district policy requires fewer than 30 hours.

The judge did allow parents to have policy documentation they sought.

The parents' co-counsel, Rachel Bloomekatz, said in a statement they're grateful for the documentation but disagree with the training hours ruling and are considering all options.

A statement from the district, where a student shot and injured two classmates in 2016, says students' safety remains its primary concern.