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“There are over 600,000 law-abiding citizens who carry in the state of Ohio,” Keller wrote. “They are everywhere, walking among us, protecting both themselves and those around them by their responsible decision to conceal carry. If Madison teachers wish to be among that number, they should be permitted to do so.”
She also said those supporting gun control laws are “anti-gun special interest groups” and “are not representative of the population of Madison Twp.”
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“Demanding that teachers be denied their constitutional right to protect themselves, and their students, is outside the domain of authority of those who do not live and work inside the district,” she wrote.
The 1,500-student, rural Butler County school system experienced its own student shooting in 2016 that saw three wounded.
While most at Monday’s meeting opposed the Madison school board’s actions, there was a divided audience at a special meeting on Friday.
Some, like parent Sandra Ison, said arming teachers and staff has the potential to create “more danger than it does safety.” However, supporters of the plan, like Scott Propps, said having a few staff and teachers with quick access to a handgun “won’t make the school such a soft target.”
Keller asked French and the school board to “remain unwavering” on their plan.
This article contains previous reporting by staff writer Michael D. Clark.