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Ohio sheriff offers free concealed carry classes to teachers

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BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WKRC) – Would you take a bullet for a student? That’s a question teachers are facing in light of recent events.

While such a question is hopefully more hypothetical than not and indeed indicative of the times, it is a question whose importance can’t be ignored.

Butler County Sheriff Rick Jones believes students may not have to take a bullet if their teacher fires first.

He's offering concealed carry classes for teachers and 300 people have signed up.

He said in a Tweet that they have cut off at 300 requests.

There have been a lot of ideas about how to stop future school shootings. They include tougher gun control, improved mental health monitoring, and now the Butler County sheriff wants school employees armed but trained the right way.

In the wake of last week's mass school shooting in Florida, Jones made an offer to school employees, an offer he hopes they won't refuse.

He offered free CCW training and education about potential school shootings.

The sheriff says that within 20 minutes of his offer’s announcement, 50 people applied. He says it could reach 1,000 applicants.

Currently, firearms are banned from Ohio schools. Jones hopes school boards support his idea and have schools defended.

There has been a quick reaction to the sheriff's idea on social media. Some thought it was an overreaction.

Kira Pierson would like to see more training than a CCW class. Colin Bullard is a teacher who has a CCW. He thinks training school employees is just one of many steps that should be taken to head off future school shootings.

Some on social media say arming school employees paves the way for accidental shootings.

The sheriff says he would like to begin classes as early as next week. Most schools are off for the holiday, and it will be interesting to see how school superintendents and school board members react to the sheriff’s idea.

For more information on the CCW classes, visit ButlerSheriff.org.

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