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Janitors Armed To Prevent Next Newtown Massacre

Janitors Armed To Prevent Next Newtown Massacre

Armed-janitor plan draws mixed reaction from Montpelier parents

BY MARK REITER
BLADE STAFF WRITER

MONTPELIER, Ohio — As the mother of three children in Montpelier Exempted Village Schools, Teresa Hickman calls the district’s plan to arm the custodial staff with guns an effective way to prevent incidents like the shootings in Newtown, Conn.

Shannon Siler, the mother of two girls, says she is leery about Mont-pelier’s plan despite the training that she knows will be involved. She said gun control starts at home, with making sure weapons are kept locked up.

“I don't have a problem with it. With all the shootings going on in these little schools this will make me feel more at peace,” said Mrs. Hickman as she waited Friday in her minivan for her two sons and daughter to be dismissed.

Montpelier schools may be the first in Ohio to ramp up security by authorizing employees to carry weapons.

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