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NEWCOMERSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - An eastern Ohio school district will allow some employees to carry guns on school property beginning this fall.

The Newcomerstown Exempted Village School District board recently approved a policy authorizing employees designated by the board and superintendent to carry guns.

The (Dover-New Philadelphia) Times-Reporter says the district released few details of the plan that will go into effect in the coming school year. Board President Jerry Lahmers says it would be counterproductive if the general public knew how many people were authorized to carry weapons or in which buildings they worked.

Those carrying guns must get tactical training and be recertified by the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Department annually. They also must have a permit to carry a concealed handgun.

Schools officials say the policy should help keep students safe.

Information from: The Times Reporter, http://www.timesreporter.com

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