Concerned About Who is Allowed to Bring a Gun into Your School?
Make Your Voice Heard
The Law Offices of John C. Camillus is preparing a friend of the court brief (Amicus Brief) on behalf of Ohio teachers and school staff about the danger of arming school employees with little or no training. The brief, which will be filed in the Ohio Supreme Court on October 5, 2020, supports a legal challenge by a group of parents in Butler County, Ohio over their school district's decision to arm staff with only 24 hours of training. You can read more about that lawsuit, Gabbard v. Madison Local School District, on the website for Everytown Law (which represents the parents in the Gabbard case). The Ohio Supreme Court will determine in Gabbard how much training Ohio law requires before a school employee can carry a firearm into an Ohio school.
• Who can sign?
Any current or former employee of an Ohio public or private school is welcome to sign. If you know someone who meets these criteria and is interested in joining this effort, please direct them to this website (
• How do I sign?
• What information from me will be publicly disclosed?
The friend of the court brief will be publicly filed with the Ohio Supreme Court, and will identify signatories by name, position (e.g., third grade teacher; retired principal), and county of residence. Your email, home address, and the name of your school/school district will not be disclosed publicly.
• Am I signing as a representative of my school?
No. You may sign this brief only in your personal capacity. The brief will specify that signatories are not speaking on behalf of their school or any other organization.
• What are the views of Ohio's teachers' unions?
Both the Ohio Educational Association (OEA) and the Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT) support the parents in this case and oppose the decision by school districts to arm teachers and other civilian staff with the minimal training required by the school board in this case.
• When will the signature period close?
In order to meet the filing deadline on October 5, 2020, we can only accept signatures until September 30, 2020.
• What if I have other questions?
Because of the number of teachers that we anticipate will sign on as amici, we will not be able to take edits or suggestions from individuals. If there is content in the brief that you do not support, please do not submit your information. You may contact The Law Offices of John C. Camillus at with questions.