Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he wants to give teachers the tools they need to prevent or deal with school shootings.
"The truth is that while we train first responders, the real first responders in these tragedies are teachers. They are the ones who are there," says DeWine. "They are the ones who make the life and death decisions. They are the ones who are going to do what they can do to save lives. By the time the first responders get there, we may have a number of children killed."
The state is expanding safety training for Ohio educators to reflect the reality that those inside a school are the first to face danger.
Attorney General Mike DeWine said this morning that nothing short of barricading every school in the country can stop something from happening, but officials have a moral obligation to take steps that will increase the odds of children surviving.
DeWine says the state police training academy will train educators across the state in how to deal with an active shooter.
A federal judge said new laws, passed by Ohio’s Republican legislature, that wiped out early in person voting at boards of elections the weekend before Election Day are unconstitutional. It’s good news for Democrats and the Obama campaign who’ve been fighting to restore the weekend of early in person weekend voting. They point out 93,000 Ohioans voted on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before the Presidential election in 2008.