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Ohio school district allows teachers, staff to carry weapons

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Posted at 4:54 PM, Apr 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-25 16:54:50-04

A school board at a southwest Ohio district where a student shot and wounded two classmates have voted to allow teachers and staff to carry weapons.

Local TV reports the Madison Local School District board voted unanimously Tuesday to allow employees to "defend and protect students."

James Austin Hancock was 14 when he opened fire at Madison Junior-Senior High School in February 2016.

Two students were wounded and two others were injured in the ensuing melee.

The new policy says staff members who wish to carry a firearm must receive written authorization from the superintendent, have a concealed carry permit and undergo active shooter training.

School district officials haven't said when the policy will be implemented.

The Madison schools are north of Cincinnati in Butler County.