Athens Schools Supt. To Meet With Law Enforcement

By
Bethany Venable

Dateline
Updated Wed, Dec 19, 2012 1:04 pm

Athens City School Superintendent Carl Martin plans to meet with local law enforcement Thursday to review the district's safety plans.

The meeting comes just a day after Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced he wants educators to partner with law enforcement to train for instances of school violence.

DeWine called teachers the real first responders. Martin says he thinks the partnership initiative is a good step forward.

"The plans that we have in place have worked for us, and most of those plans will continue to stay in place. But we certainly are looking at ways to enhance those safety plans," said Martin.

The district's plans, as well as building blueprints, are on file with the Ohio AG's office.

DeWine said Wednesday he thinks local school districts should be the ones to decide if teachers or staffers are allowed to carry guns in school.

Martin says that's not a decision he's ready to make.

"I know that that's a topic of discussion right now and I really haven't had time to fully reflect on that to form a real opinion as to who should be carrying firearms in school," said Martin.

Martin says he hopes the meeting will focus on short term changes to the safety plans as well as any future goals between the district and law enforcement.

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