School district assembles trained teachers

Mad River Local Schools is the latest district in Ohio to assemble trained teachers and staff members as part of an armed response team ready to defend their schools if necessary.

The Dayton Daily News reported that as part of the response team, 32 trained teachers and staff members will have access to hidden gun safes in each of the schools in the district. The combinations to those safes are known only by the trained staff members and the superintendent.

While the district is the first in Montgomery County to form an armed response team, Superintendent Chad Wyen said the team is part of a larger trend among school districts in Ohio.

“It’s way more prevalent than people realize,” Wyen said. “Sixty-three out of 88 counties in Ohio have a district with a response team.”

Wyen said he had worked with other schools in southwest Ohio to form similar teams, such as Sidney City Schools in Miami County and Georgetown Exempted Village Schools in Brown County, east of Cincinnati.

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  • JCWS1

    Should the teachers ever need access to these gun safes they will be forced to ask the students where they are and how to get them open.

  • Alan404

    In that proverbial “high stress situation”, how long might it take to get to the Hidden Safe, and perhaps more important, would these “trained individuals” remember and or input the combination correctly in a situation where literally seconds are paramount?

    • David Simpson

      Well, we could do absolutely nothing and then we wouldn’t have to worry about it would we.

  • disqus_PeRYgPx0Bk

    Hopefully the gun safe is in the classroomof the trained response team member — not a central armory — and that training is ongoing, regular and includes realistic scenarios. An armed society is a polite society.