Gabbard et al. v. Madison Local School District Board of Education, et al.
Everytown Law represents a group of parents in a lawsuit challenging a decision of the Madison Local School District Board of Education, in Butler County, Ohio, to arm school employees with minimal training.
Plaintiffs are five concerned parents with a collective 12 children in Madison schools; they filed suit in September 2018 after the Board declined to provide information about its armed staff policy and its plan to manage risks associated with arming staff.
The lawsuit seeks to enjoin the district’s armed staff policy as a violation of Ohio Revised Code section 109.79(D), which forbids public schools from employing someone “as a special police officer, security guard, or other position in which such person goes armed while on duty” unless they complete an approved basic peace officer training program or have 20 years’ experience as a peace officer.
The lawsuit also seeks to compel disclosure of public records relating to Madison’s armed staff program, including its policies for evaluating and training armed staff, the rules governing their possession and use of firearms while on school property, and the standards for determining when to revoke their authorization to go armed at school.