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Ohio expands school safety training for educators

Dec. 19, 2012 @ 11:54 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state is expanding safety training for Ohio educators to reflect the reality that those inside a school are the first to face danger.

Attorney General Mike DeWine said Wednesday that nothing short of barricading every school in the country can stop something from happening, but officials have a moral obligation to take steps that will increase the odds of children surviving.

DeWine says the state police training academy will train educators across the state in how to deal with an active shooter.

DeWine says he would support allowing a trained school official access to a gun during the school day but such decisions should be up to each district.

Wednesday’s announcement follows last week’s massacre at a Connecticut elementary school and last February’s school shooting in Chardon.