Ohio AG Mike Dewine Announces Shooter Response Training for Teachers

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Today, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a new class to be offered state-wide called “Active Shooter Response Training for Educators.”

Is this the right solution?

As the days pass since the horrific event in Newtown, Connecticut, we find ourselves thinking of the families and their grief and wondering why this senseless killing of innocent children and educators occurred.

As we try to learn lessons from this awful event, it is apparent that we need to think of new ways to help our educators respond to these situations. As close as law enforcement might be to a school, it is clear that educators and administrators are the first responders to keep kids safe if there is a shooter.

Today in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Education, I announced that the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy, which is part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, will offer the new course, Active Shooter Response Training for Educators, across Ohio in 2013. It is being made available free of charge, and local teams of law enforcement, teachers, and administrators are encouraged to attend together.

Law enforcement can register at http://www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/OPOTA through OPOTA. Registration also is possible through the ODE website at: http://www.ode.state.oh.us/. Click on the SAFE sign-in tab, set up an account, and register via the STARS professional development link.

The first training next year is set for Jan. 17 at Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, 2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus. Two, four-hour sessions are planned, one beginning at 8 a.m. and a second at 1 p.m.

We need to adopt a holistic approach to help our educators and administrators, and I will continue my office’s work on this issue because we simply must do all we can to ensure the safety of our kids.

Very respectfully yours,
Mike DeWine

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Comments

  1. That good idea. We need that in all of schools.

  2. Well, my suggestions for ALL schools to have metal detector alarm by the door when you enter and the alarm will go off if there’s any metal detected like guns and will be removed immediately and call the police and let them handle with whoever a student that attempted bringing gun into school and possibly to be expelled. We don’t need a student there at school that tried that attempt to bring guns and get us killed anyway. Only way to get degree is to take G.E.D. That’s the best solution I can suggest to protect all students and the staff as well. What do you think of this suggestion about adding metal detector alarm system by the door upon entering? Here’s link to show you what it looks like in case for those who aren’t sure what it looks like or never seen it before, link: http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&sa=N&tbo=d&biw=1600&bih=796&tbm=isch&tbnid=we7DdaFeeEXagM:&imgrefurl=http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/594423540/magnetic_door_alarm_switch_metal_detector.html&docid=Y3SYX-4BYwR3LM&itg=1&imgurl=http://i01.i.aliimg.com/img/pb/713/568/483/483568713_875.jpg&w=694&h=800&ei=Sw3TUMnDJpHk9gSt8oHQAQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=776&vpy=403&dur=53&hovh=241&hovw=209&tx=94&ty=123&sig=109689001729934473815&page=1&tbnh=140&tbnw=121&start=0&ndsp=36&ved=1t:429,r:23,s:0,i:167

    There’s several designs of it and colors as well. Feedbacks would be greatly appreciated. Also, I do agree with training for all educators in case something like this occurs just in case metal detectors somehow isn’t working (in work of someone who is expert cutting them off or something like that in effect)

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