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Madison Local Schools board votes to allow arming of teachers, staff

The Madison Local School District board voted unanimously Tuesday night to allow district teachers and staff to carry weapons to be "prepared and equipped to defend and to protect students," according to a resolution that passed. 

According to the ordinance, any staff members who want to carry a deadly weapon must be approved and receive written authorization from the superintendent, Cincinnati Local12.com and WLWT.com reported. 

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The vote came more than two years after 14-year-old Austin Hancock brought a gun into the cafeteria at Madison Junior-Senior High School and shot two classmates. 

Austin Hancock admitted shooting two fellow classmates at Madison Jr./Sr. High School in February 2016. (Staff)

Those people must "be permitted under Ohio law to carry a concealed handgun and must undergo response to active shooter training and re-certify each year prior to being authorized to convey and/or possess deadly weapons or dangerous ordnance in a school safety zone of the Madison Local School District," according to language in the resolution. 

Training and certification could take months, so whether anyone would be armed before next school year is not clear.

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