In addition to lugging around mops and buckets, the custodial staff at the K-12 campus of a school in northwest Ohio will soon be trained to carry handguns.
The school board in Montpelier, Ohio has voted to arm custodians in order to prevent a school shooting like last month's massacre at a Newtown, Conn. elementary school, according to the Toledo Blade.
The idea has drawn national attention as educators and policymakers debate what will help keep students safer. The National Rifle Association proposed having an armed guard in every school, a solution panned by gun safety proponents.
Four janitors volunteered to take part in the two day training. There are about 1,000 students and 75 teachers in one building in the Williams County town of 4,000 residents.
The school district's plan to arm custodians got mixed reactions from parents. Some in the article said they felt their kids would be safer. One parent said she would prefer hiring police for the job.
"I am a little leery. I know they are going to be doing all this training and stuff, but what if a janitor goes psychotic?" said Shannon Siler, the mother of two girls told the Blade. "There is a need to beef up security. ... But, it all starts at home. Lock your guns up."
Via the Toledo Blade