INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A bill in the General Assembly would make Indiana the first state in the country to have armed security officers in every school.
GOP Gov. Mike Pence has called for a statewide review of school safety measures and how to improve them. Glenda Ritz is taking part in it. Both of them, however, believe that the decision on guns in schools should not be made in the General Assembly.
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Indiana is already the only state in the country that requires a school resource officer to oversee safety in every school building. That officer can be armed under current law. The bill now in the Indiana House, however, mandates that someone in every school carry a gun. That would also be a first in the country.
Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz emerged from a meeting of the State Board of Education to say she was surprised to learn of the proposed mandate.
"I am for those types of decisions being made at the local level, at the school district level," she said.
Governor Pence also believes that guns in schools should be the result of local decision making, but what if every school district agrees to have armed guards?
"That's something we'd be prepared to be supportive of," said the governor. In fact, Pence says that the price tag for proper training of gun-toting school officer is one the state should pay. "We'll find the resources to make sure that local schools have the funding that they need to provide the kind of security that is appropriate."
The Republicans who control the state Senate will unveil their state budget proposal Thursday. One lawmaker who has already seen it told 24-Hour News 8 that it includes $10 million for the training of school resource officers.
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UPDATE: Indiana University Southeast issued an all clear less than an hour after a report of an armed person on campus Thursday afternoon.