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Published: Wednesday, 7/24/2013

Southwest Ohio district OKs gun-toting administrators


TRENTON, Ohio — A southwest Ohio school district will allow administrators to walk its hallways with loaded handguns.

Edgewood Schools joins a handful of Ohio schools that have approved letting school personnel carry weapons, as schools try to improve security in the aftermath of deadly school shootings last year in Connecticut and northeast Ohio.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that board members this week voted to allow school principals and their top assistants to carry loaded guns on a voluntary basis in the district’s five school buildings.

The administrators must hold concealed-carry licenses, and be trained and certified by the Ohio Officer Training Academy unless they have 20 years of law enforcement officer experience.

Board member Jim Miller says the move is meant to deter potential criminals.

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