(Columbus) - All of Ohio's schools have filed mandatory safety plans with the state, but Attorney General Mike DeWine says some law enforcement officers tell him a few of those plans are "useless" in the event of an emergency. That's because many of the plans are too long or don't contain the information first responders deem vital.
"As you can imagine with as many schools as we have in the state, some of them have a great plan, some of them have a plan that maybe is not so great," DeWine said.
State law doesn't spell out what needs to be in the plans nor does it include penalties for non-compliance. About 180 of the plans haven't been update in over three years while 56 are incomplete. DeWine says they're working with schools to improve them. Despite the issues DeWine insists that the safest place a child can be during the day is in school.
Speaking to the School Safety and Emergency Management Planning Conference in Columbus, DeWine said they're also focusing on making sure teachers and school employees have training to react to active shooters in the building.
"We have now had over 7,000 individuals who have been trained, " he said noting that they'll continue holding the free courses as long as there is demand for them.
DeWine says the courses don't instruct teachers how to use a gun, but it does train them on what warning signs to look for and other best practices learned from past school shootings. One of the biggest issues he says they've found when looking back on previous incidents is that a lot of people noticed something out of place about something, but didn't connect the dots or report it.
He says during a school shooting it's the staff that are actually the first responders because it will take law enforcement a couple of minutes to respond.
"In two minutes a lot of people can be dead," he said.
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