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Teachers and school personnel cannot carry firearms without police training, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled

COLUMBUS, Ohio – School teachers and staff in the Buckeye State can’t carry firearms on duty without extensive police training or 20 years of experience, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

In a 4-3 decision, the Ohio Supreme Court struck down a Madison Local School District policy that allowed up to 10 employees with concealed handgun licenses and training to carry weapons while in school.

The policy was enacted after four students were injured in a 2016 shooting at Madison Junior-Senior High School, prompting a group of parents to challenge the Butler County school district’s policy in court.

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, who was joined by three Democratic justices, wrote the school district’s policy violated Ohio law. The court affirmed an early ruling from the 12th District Court of Appeals, which ruled that teachers needed to have police training to conceal weapons at school.

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