(Reason) A school district in Ohio has opened the opportunity for teachers and staff members to carry a firearm on school grounds. The new policy was announced by the Newcomerstown Exempted Village School District earlier this month and will be implemented beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year.

Previously the school district’s bylaws and policies strictly prohibited the presence of any type of weapon on school grounds, but a group of parents rallied to make serious changes, writes the Times Reporter. Paying attention to statistical trends, the Parent Safety Committee pointed to a report which concluded that “with a single exception, every multiple-victim public shooting in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed since at least 1950 has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry their own firearms.”

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