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ctive shooter simulation training [Annie Wu / ideastream]

Ohio state law prohibits firearms inside school buildings, but school boards have the right to give individuals permission to conceal carry.

At the Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response or FASTER training, educators prepare in case of an active shooter. On the third and last day, participants go through an active shooter simulation.

At Wadsworth High School, a role-playing scenario unfolds with one person pretending to be an active shooter.

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Educators participating in FASTER training prepare for target practice[Annie Wu / ideastream]

Most schools are off for the summer, but some Ohio teachers are spending part of their break training for next fall. They’re preparing in case of an active shooter in their schools.

But this isn’t ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training, where educators are taught to barricade doors or counter a shooter with distractions. In the small town of Rittman, Ohio, south of Akron, a pro-gun organization funds so-called force-on-force training.

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Mad River Schools in Riverside will allow some teachers and staff members access to weapons during active shooter situations.

The district plans to create what it calls “armed response teams” in every school. Each team will be made up of staff members who hold concealed carry permits and are trained to respond in emergencies. Members will have access to guns hidden in safes within the school.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Some Ohio school districts who saw tax levy defeats yesterday at the polls will look at trying again in November.

Superintendent Lori Handler of the Mount Healthy schools tells The Cincinnati Enquirer her suburban Cincinnati district has no choice but to put the back on the ballot.  She says the schools have had to slash programs that benefit students.