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Bill Would Limit Liability When Staff Use Weapons

By Evie Blad — February 04, 2014 1 min read

An Ohio bill would allow school boards to make closed-door decisions about arming employees, prohibit the release of the names of armed school staff, and provide immunity from civil liability resulting from employees’ use of weapons on campus unless it is “reckless or wanton conduct.” It would also allow off-duty police officers to carry deadly weapons in school zones.

The proposal comes a month after a police officer accidentally fired his gun in an Ohio school, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

Critics of the bill, including House Democrats, suggested increased mental-health services would be a better way to promote school safety.

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A version of this article appeared in the February 05, 2014 edition of Education Week as Bill Would Limit Liability When Staff Use Weapons

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