Sheriff Richard Jones, who early last week said he would offer conceal-and-carry classes to teachers in the wake of the Parkland, Fla. school shooting, followed through today with the first such class.
Jones, during an introduction to the class broadcast via the sheriff’s office Facebook page, said some people say teachers do not want to take such a class.
“I don’t see it to be true,” he said. “Whether you agree with these teachers or school personnel carrying weapons in school, we’ve got four minutes before the killing stops, four to five minutes. The police (get) there in six to eight, so there’s not much time.”
He said the concealed carry class for teachers and other school personnel is “just the beginning.”
“In Butler County, the school boards can give you the authority to carry a concealed weapon into the class if they choose a certain amount of people, but it takes a school board to do that,” Jones said.
The reason he started offering the class is because his daughter comes to his house every time a school shooting occurs and cries “because she takes her kids to school and drops them off,” he said.
“There’s nothing like when we had our school shooting at Madison than those moms coming up the hill,” Jones said. “We can stop just about anything except those moms coming up the hill.”
He said his office cannot believe the number of teachers and school personnel that have signed up for the CCW class.
“It’s really shocking,” he said. “I thought we’d get 20. First, I put school teachers in there, then a school secretary said, ‘Well, can’t secretaries (take the class)?’ Then we thought … secretaries and maintenance people and there’s people that are in the schools that have experience with weapons, have been around weapons their whole lives. There’s people that’s been in the military that are in the schools and we gotta do something.”
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