He didn't want to commit to Grossman's suggestion of someone being armed in every school.
"He certainly makes you think about that a little bit more," Duerring said. "The first reaction from probably people in general is that we shouldn't do that. But as he pointed out, officers in a school who are not armed when someone comes, what can they do? Show a badge?"
Luella Dancy, a math teacher for a little more than two years at Clay County High School, said her school doesn't have an armed officer.
After hearing Grossman speak, she said she thought she would feel safer if there were someone armed at her school. Attacks can happen anywhere, she said, and she thinks the state's problems with drug abuse could lead to a need for armed protection at schools.
That's the type of protection Monongalia County Deputy Allen Ayersman said he provides as the prevention resource officer at Clay-Battelle High School in Blacksville.
He purchased one of Grossman's books on tape and thought the speaker was correct on the subject of protection offered by officers in schools.
"The response time from Morgantown where I'm based to the school where I work at is probably 20 to 30 minutes. So I'm pretty much all they have if something were to happen at the high school."
Cpl. Stacy Loftis, a prevention resource officer at Stonewall Jackson Middle School on Charleston's West Side, recently told the Daily Mail he would be hesitant to arm teachers.
He said he would be concerned about the number of guns in a school and about the training of those people with all aspects of firearm use. Teachers and students have told him they feel safe with him at the school.
There are about 60 prevention resource officers throughout the state, Goodwin pointed out after Grossman's speech. He did not want to say whether teachers should be armed.
"The point is not whether I agree. The point is whether the folks on the front lines can agree and reach consensus - the law enforcement officers, the teachers, the school personnel and administrators, whether they can agree on the causes and the appropriate intervention strategies to prevent these crimes from occurring," Goodwin said.
He said Grossman's speech was just part of a greater discussion about how to make schools safer.
Goodwin's office plans to issue a report including information from Grossman, panels scheduled for later in the day and information submitted by people unable to attend the event.