Butler County Sheriff wants metal detectors in schools

The Sheriff sent a letter to the county school boards, Governor John Kasich and President Donald Trump asking them to take action against school shootings. (WKRC)

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WKRC) - Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones found himself in the midst of more controversy on Wednesday.

The Sheriff sent a letter to the county school boards, Governor John Kasich and President Donald Trump asking them to take action against school shootings.

His message was not enough is being done to keep kids safe from school shootings.

He said talking about the issue is not enough.

The Sheriff has been outspoken about the issue in the past, but on Wednesday, he put his thoughts in writing and sent a letter laying out a plan for safer schools.

The Sheriff believes all schools in Butler County will benefit from metal detectors with one entrance into and out of every school building.

He said every building should have a school resource officer, trained in emergency procedures.

He also suggested changing the way fire drills are conducted and removing all alarms in hallways that are accessible to everyone.

The Sheriff said these are all things that could prevent school shootings.

And in his letter, he asked, "what are you waiting for?"

"But I guarantee you as I said before there is someone right now looking at this planning a school shooting," he said. "And I don't have a crystal ball but someone is studying and looking at this, they are going to use the fire pull down and either the shooter or someone in the school and they will group up and go out and it's out of control."

The Sheriff said mental illness certainly plays a role in school shootings but it is not enough to focus on that issue because some shooters don't show any warning signs.

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