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Teachers on the front line

ADAMS COUNTY, Ohio (Rich Jaffe) -- When classes resume in the fall guns will be in many Ohio schools.
   
Some educators packing heat started advanced training in the tri-state.  Tracy's a teacher in northern Ohio.  When classes begin this year she and 11 of her co-workers will be carrying guns.  Concerned about safety, school administrators requested we not identify her.

"I want to be the best that I can when it comes to protecting my kids, my personal children, my classroom children and this is where I come to do it," Tracy said.

Tracy and a few dozen like-minded educators were taking their skills to the next level in the first level two training sessions for school officials at John Benner's Tactical Defense Institute.

"This is more about tactics than it is shooting.  These people are training for one single event and that event hopefully will save lives," said John Benner, President of TDI.

More than 300 educators have completed the first level of training.  All were licensed to carry concealed.

One of the most important things these school officials learned was how to shoot and move.  Shooting a gun while moving with children to safety is entirely different than shooting on a line and shooting at a stationary target.  Participants also learn about proper holsters and how to work as a team.
   
The 3 day class is sponsored by the Buckeye Firearms Institute which pays for training and lodging.  All the students have to pay for is ammo and travel.

Many of the educators, like Tracy, said their world changed after the 2012 school massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary where 20 children and 6 staffers were shot by Adam Lanza.  It took more than 14 minutes for the first police officers to enter that school.

"I've had people tell me, 'Oh, teachers can't do that.  They sacrifice their lives for their kids all the time.'  Look at sandy hook, that's a perfect example.  I think there was four that literally sacrificed their lives, stood in front of their kids or tried to attack a guy with a rifle.  That doesn't work very well," said Benner.

Carrying a gun was a life changing event for this teacher.

"I look at everything completely differently.  Going into my house at night, going into my classroom, thinking through, 'Hey what are my options?'  These are the tools I have, how am I going to use them to survive and go home so all my kids survive and go home," Tracy said.

Some school districts have established quick entry lock boxes in classrooms and in other locations around the buildings.  Others require the staffers keep the guns on them at all times.  It was also recommended the guns, when holstered, be kept in what's called a 'positive retention holster.'  Some actually uses a type of finger release locking mechanism so no one can just walk up and take it away from the owner.
 
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CLICK HERE to find out more about the Buckeye Firearms Association.


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