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Anonymous Columbus Teacher Says He Brings Gun to School

COLUMBUS (Chris Vanocur) -- In the year that followed the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, more than 150 Ohio teachers got special weapons training.

The training enabled them to have guns in the classroom.

"I'm acting to defend those kids," said one Columbus teacher, who asked not be identified. "I will use my training to stop and end the threat."

The teacher said he could better protect his students if he remained anonymous.

"Even in my community, there are a couple of people that we keep an eye on," he said. "They haven't done anything yet, but they're just suspicious characters."

The Sandy Hook massacre, during which 20 children six adults were murdered, inspired this longtime instructor to take the firearms class. He said he has logged 28 hours in the classroom as well as firearm and medical training.

"The parents are trusting me with the lives of their kids," he said. "I am there to protect their lives. I am there to make sure they go home after school is over."

The gun-toting teacher said he sees himself not as paranoid, but as prepared. He 

"I used to be a firefighter," he said. "You didn't dwell on the fact that there might be a fire today, but you were ready." 

He said he hopes for the best in people, but is also armed for the worst.

"There is still inherent evil in some people," he said. "They do this for the pleasure of it."

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