NEW MATAMORAS, Ohio-(WTAP) Updated: 3/18/2018
After the February 14 Florida school shooting, President Trump started a lot of discussion when he suggested allowing teachers to arm themselves.
But even before Trump took office in 2017, Washington County's Frontier Local School system adopted a policy allowing its employees to carry concealed weapons at school.
We recently spoke to a school administrator, who said some school personnel have gone through the training necessary to arm themselves.
"The training, to my understanding, is very similar to what officers go through. and it's a continual training every year," said high school and middle school Principal Beth Brown. "We do have members in the district who have gone through that training. Those members are not known to everybody in the district."
The Frontier Board of Education approved the policy in December, 2016.
Like many schools, Frontier Local Schools prepares for active shooters by doing drills and training activities, but now... they're taking it one step further.
Frontier staff, teachers, and administrators can now carry concealed weapons at school.
This comes after the resolution was passed at Tuesday night's board of education meeting.
The policy goes into effect immediately and only applies to those individuals approved by the administration.
It is on a volunteer basis and no staff members will be required to participate.
The program is confidential. No one in the school will know who is carrying weapons, except the administration.
The superintendent says the board did not come to this decision lightly.
"We took a look at whenever there's an active shooter, how long it takes for the situation to come under control and this just provides our district with another avenue to help in those situations," says Frontier superintendent, Brian Rentsch.
The school will not be paying for individuals to get their concealed carry license. All of that will be covered by the volunteer.
All individuals must complete active shooter training, tactical training and be re-certified each year.