SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) — One of the first school districts in the country to arm teachers is now adding more guns and gun safes for its armed response team.
The district now has 25 in the second year of its security plan.
The safes are hidden across Sidney’s seven buildings and can only be accessed by staff members trained to be part of the district’s armed response team.
The district also added bullet proof vests for those team members near the end of last year to use if needed.
“We have some families that have indicated to us that they have open enrolled their children in Sidney City Schools because of the school security measures we have taken,” says Superintendent John Scheu.
Walk into the high school and what will greet you is a sign for the armed response team. Those signs are in all the district’s buildings.
The district also has surveillance at all of its schools and security officers who are retired sheriff’s deputies.
“We feel it was not only a deterrent but we feel there’s a benefit these school security officers brought to the forefront being aides to kids and helping kids with academic issues,” Scheu says.
All the security measures have brought national attention in the form of a documentary being filmed, but they’ve also gotten the attention of local schools.
“We know there are some situations where there will be trained first responder team members in some other area school districts,” Scheu says.
Scheu says what some see now as excessive could soon be the norm across the country.
He tells 2 NEWS he believes these kind of protections are the future for school districts.
Scheu says all the security measures will be in place when the students go back on Tuesday.