The following is a memo from Montpelier, Ohio school superintendent Dr. Jamison J. Grime, sent to parents, faculty and the community on the subject of staffers carrying concealed weapons at Montpelier Schools. It reads:
The Board of Education at its January 9. 2013 meeting passed a resolution in open session allowing certain selected individuals to conceal carry firearms on the premises of Montpelier Schools. There have been many questions asked today and I hope to clarify some of those questions with this communication.
1. Will teachers be carrying firearms?
No. No employee under the direct supervision of students will be carrying a firearm at school.
2. What training will these selected individuals receive?
These individuals will be required to complete an approved CCW course and the Tactical Defense Institute will be hosting a 2-day training in early to mid March.
3. Are there individuals carrying concealed weapons now?
No one will be carrying a concealed firearm for at least one month. It will take time to properly train people and this must be completed before the plan will be enacted.
4. Why was this done?
We take great pride in ensuring that our facility is safe and secure but the BOE and administration believed that this proactive measure would substantially enhance and strengthen our security efforts.
5. Why weren't the parents notified?
This plan was prepared in close conjunction with local law enforcement. The plan will not be enacted for many weeks, which allows for adequate time to notify parents of the plan.
Please remember that as the superintendent of schools, your child's education and safety are my first priorities. If you have any questions, please feel free to notify me at (419) 485-6704 or at email@example.com
Dr. Jamison J. Grime