OH sheriff offers free concealed-carry classes for teachers

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones appeals to President Trump and Gov. John Kasich for change in a Facebook video Feb. 15 after the mass Florida shooting

Ohio sheriff offers free concealed-carry classes for teachers

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones in OH announced in a tweet Sunday that he would be offering hide and carry classes free of charge to teachers in the area.

Following the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a sheriff in OH is offering free gun training to teachers.

A screenshot of the tweet was posted on the sheriff's office's Facebook page Sunday and it has already been shared more than 6,000 times. Jones emphasized that there will be a limited number.

Some praised Jones' plan and announced they would take him up on his offer.

Police officers from across the US have had different responses to last week's deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Sheriff Jones made headlines previous year for announcing his department would not carry Narcan, which is used to reverse heroin and opioid overdoses.

Jones said schools should focus less on fire drills and find more substantial ways to protect students.

"Sad to say, I get asked, 'When is this going to end?'" Jones said. "This is not going to stop or go away, but we need to be prepared and not have our heads in the sand". "The solution isn't to just hand a teacher a gun", wrote one user. Some retired peace officers are fully trained and ready for a chance to continue protecting the citizens they served.

In a letter addressed to Ohio Governor John Kasich (R), which was shown in the video, Jones wrote that "more teachers and school employees need to be allowed to be armed on school premises".

"What guns can do when they come to the classroom, and if the school boards want to give the authority to teachers to be armed".

"We got to do it now while people are talking about it and we can make it happen", he added.

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