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Parents appeal over training hours for armed school staff

Posted at 4:32 PM, Sep 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-07 16:32:18-04

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Parents are appealing a judge's ruling that an Ohio district allowing employees to carry concealed weapons in school doesn't require them to undergo the numerous hours of training required of police.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports a state appeals court will hear arguments Oct. 7 in the Madison Local Schools case.

The district decided to allow armed staff after a student shot and injured classmates there in 2016. The district's policy requires 24 hours of training for staff carrying concealed weapons.

Some parents sued to block armed staff except those having the 700-plus hours of training police receive. A Butler County judge sided with the district and concluded the law doesn't require the more extensive training for school employees.

The district has said student safety is its main concern.