COLUMBUS - Protecting our students must be a priority and today the Ohio Senate passed a plan developed by State Senator Frank Hoagland
(R-Mingo Junction) to train school employees to defend their students and themselves.
House Bill 99 allows local school boards the ability to allow individuals to complete required training in order to be permitted to carry deadly weapons in a school safety zone.
"This is a common-sense, proactive step in securing our schools from the threat of an active shooter," Hoagland said. "In doing this, we will be empowering administrators, teachers, school resource officers and communities to make critical decisions in dynamic situations to protect our kids."
The bill also creates the School Safety Crisis Center within the Department of Public Safety (DPS) operated by the Ohio Mobile Training Team (OMTT). The bill incorporates the OMTT originally from Hoagland's Senate Bill 168
which established the unit to provide training services regarding school and campus safety.
The OMTT is made up of a Chief Mobile Training Officer appointed by the Director of DPS and 16 training officers who must be licensed peace officers or veterans and must complete additional training.
House Bill 99 will now be sent to Governor DeWine for consideration.