School shooting survivor weighs in on gun debate

Ohio Statehouse News

CEDARVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – Some lawmakers have pushed back against legislation that would, in part, create a ‘Red Flag’ law.

Governor Kasich says the next gun bill that comes to his desk should be that bill.

Ohio schools are not immune to shootings. In 2012, a gunman killed three students at Chardon High School and just last year, Logan Cole nearly died in a school shooting at West Liberty-Salem High School.

He says the shooter showed no signs to him of being a threat before the shooting.

“There was nothing that I could tell from what I knew of him that would be pointing toward what he did,” said Logan.

That is partially why Logan urged careful deliberation on a new bill that would create a Red Flag law.

“Who decides if somebody’s dangerous? I think that’s something that really needs to be considered. I think, just, be careful with what you make because it could be used in the wrong way,” he said.

And he says, while he doesn’t think arming every teacher is the right path, “I think that if the situation hadn’t died down in the bathroom, and he would have continued what he planned on then I think an armed adult definitely would have been helpful.”

These are similar to what some Republicans who oppose Kasich’s solutions would like to see done. The governor’s Press Secretary Jon Keeling released a statement on his behalf recently that reads, in part:

“He believes that the next piece of gun-related legislation that he signs needs to be the package of common sense reforms that has been introduced and which will provide valuable tools to reduce gun violence.”

When asked what needed to happen to keep kids safe in Ohio schools, Logan said, address mental health needs.

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