ENGLEWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – Some school districts are putting guns in the hands of teachers in case of an emergency. Northmont City Schools is using radios instead thanks to a duo of grants.
“The project allows our teachers to contact law enforcement by using the radio,” said Tony Thomas, Assistant Superintendent.
The teachers are using an old radio frequency Englewood police once used. One click and the red and blue lights will flash.
“Communication can be a challenge when we are responding to an emergency,” explained Sgt. Mike Lang, Englewood Police Department. ”Putting a radio in the hand of every teacher is our solution to the problem.”
Lang said teachers also have the ability to talk directly with responding officers.
“This could be critical in the event of an emergency,” explained Lang. “An officer, who is one minute down the road can talk directly to the teacher, gather valuable on-scene information and then base our response to what is actually happening on the scene. It’s a great system.”
District leaders stress the initiative is cost-effective. The district already had the radios and paid under $400 to have them reprogrammed, using a grant.