Cleveland mayor says bill to cut teacher training on guns ‘puts everyone at risk’

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) — Mayor Justin Bibb said his administration was working with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District in a stance against the passage of House Bill 99.

The proposal would allow teachers to carry a gun to school with far less training than before.

“The passage of HB 99 is an extremely dangerous approach to addressing school safety,” wrote in a statement released Monday evening.

Here are Cleveland Mayor Bibb’s full remarks:

“The safety of students, teachers and our community is my first priority. Passing HB 99 is an extremely dangerous approach to addressing school safety. Allowing guns in school safe zones is irresponsible and puts everyone at risk. Our children deserve to learn in a safe environment, and we must do everything in our power to keep guns out of the classroom.

We will continue to work in partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District School Board to ensure this is the case for CMSD students. I urge all school systems in the city of Cleveland and all communities in the region and state to maintain the ban on guns in schools. The safety and well-being of our children depend on it.

House Bill 99 is currently being reviewed by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine for final approval.

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