Majority of Hoosier parents say kids are safe at school

Indiana is one of only two states in the nation with a law requiring every public school have a certified safety specialist.

Posted: Apr 9, 2018 9:33 PM
Updated: Apr 9, 2018 10:31 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A recent study shows a majority of Hoosier parents think their kids are safe at school but, after seventeen people were killed in a Florida school shooting, Indiana lawmakers will discuss other safety measures during a special session.


Indiana is one of only two states in the nation with a law requiring every public school have a certified safety specialist. Most schools in the state have more than one. These specialists are trained to deal with everything from cyber bullying to active shooters. They do not have to have a background in security and can sometimes be the school superintendent or principal.

According to the National Survey of Children's Health nearly eighty percent of Hoosier parents "definitely agree" their student is safe in school but those responses were collected before recent school shootings in other parts of the country.

Tami Silverman is CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute. She says the goal is to reach ninety-five percent of parents feeling their children are safe while at school. 
 
"The reality is if you don't feel safe in your environment you're not going to be able to focus on your studies, you're not going to be as engaged in school."

Governor Eric Holcomb wanted lawmakers to approve additional funding for school safety during the regular session but they did not. Now, they'll head back to the capital in May to take up the issue again.

News 10 asked you on Facebook what measures lawmakers should consider. Some says schools should have metal detectors. Others think military veterans should get jobs as armed guards. Several people also mentioned mental health and the need for more counselors and resources for students who are victims of bullying.

Silverman says, "Access to mental health professionals for students is inadequate at this point. We know that there's just not enough individuals out there providing the services and there isn't access to that for all of our students."

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick is asking lawmakers for more money for mental health resources. She also thinks private schools should have the same safety requirements as public schools.

It remains to be seen what, if anything, will be decided during the May special session.

Silverman says parents should contact their schools to learn more about the safety plan. She says concerned parents or family will often ask police questions but it is up to the schools to establish a safety plan. School officials will likely not go into detail but should be able to provide some answers to parents.

For more information about the Indiana Youth Institute, click here.

Terre Haute
Cloudy
55° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 55°
Robinson
Cloudy
54° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 54°
Indianapolis/Eagle Creek
Cloudy
54° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 54°
Paris
Cloudy
54° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 54°
Mattoon/Charleston
Cloudy
54° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 54°
Terre Haute
Cloudy
55° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 55°
Terre Haute
Cloudy
55° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 55°
Cloudy and a little warmer!
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

WTHI Events

 

Illinois Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 7 p.m. CT)

Cases: 1312620

Reported Deaths: 24056
CountyCasesDeaths
Cook5258549860
DuPage871721255
Will72414968
Lake65012969
Kane56108756
Winnebago31421460
Madison29941515
McHenry27305279
St. Clair27246504
Peoria21618285
Champaign19921139
Sangamon17912230
McLean17130172
Tazewell16176259
Rock Island14360305
Kankakee13622199
Kendall1245290
LaSalle11878233
Macon10307191
DeKalb9432118
Vermilion9117128
Adams8243117
Williamson7236126
Whiteside6937166
Boone644671
Ogle581578
Clinton571890
Grundy563771
Coles555094
Knox5354137
Jackson487263
Henry475863
Effingham468672
Livingston462583
Macoupin461181
Stephenson455981
Woodford444364
Marion4419115
Franklin433870
Monroe431990
Jefferson4174119
Randolph409584
Lee401951
Morgan378279
Fulton370050
Logan367156
Montgomery364773
Bureau355481
Christian353172
Fayette314154
Perry313059
Iroquois291564
Jersey263849
McDonough262344
Douglas255335
Saline251753
Lawrence239525
Shelby225137
Union223040
Crawford209325
Bond199424
Cass195124
Jo Daviess177724
Pike177551
Clark176832
Warren174646
Wayne173652
Hancock173230
Richland172140
Carroll172036
Ford170746
Edgar167239
White166626
Washington162825
Moultrie157826
Clay147443
Mason143242
Greene142633
Piatt142014
Johnson140314
De Witt139823
Mercer137333
Wabash134112
Massac131440
Cumberland128319
Menard119112
Jasper114317
Marshall99917
Hamilton82415
Schuyler7125
Brown6896
Pulaski6807
Stark61523
Edwards55912
Henderson52114
Calhoun5122
Scott4691
Alexander46211
Gallatin4534
Putnam4533
Hardin37012
Pope3073
Out of IL30
Unassigned02301

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 8 p.m. ET)

Cases: 711787

Reported Deaths: 13252
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion970181723
Lake52028950
Allen39414672
Hamilton34709406
St. Joseph34386543
Elkhart27543433
Vanderburgh22109394
Tippecanoe21967213
Porter18043301
Johnson17600374
Hendricks16873310
Clark12728190
Madison12379337
Vigo12248244
Monroe11535166
LaPorte11258204
Delaware10390184
Howard9712211
Kosciusko9184114
Hancock8031139
Bartholomew7925155
Warrick7709155
Floyd7574176
Wayne6921198
Grant6862171
Boone6584100
Morgan6425138
Dubois6101117
Marshall5819109
Dearborn572076
Cass5706104
Henry5591101
Noble544583
Jackson494672
Shelby481995
Lawrence4351118
Gibson429789
Harrison429371
Clinton421853
Montgomery419387
DeKalb414484
Whitley383239
Huntington380480
Miami374165
Steuben368757
Knox367589
Putnam353660
Jasper352946
Wabash348578
Adams338453
Ripley335769
Jefferson318180
White309254
Daviess290199
Wells286981
Decatur279792
Fayette277362
Greene270685
Posey269533
Scott262053
LaGrange256170
Clay255245
Randolph236780
Washington231931
Spencer228231
Jennings225548
Fountain209845
Sullivan208342
Starke206452
Owen192956
Fulton192440
Jay186629
Carroll186120
Perry181436
Orange178553
Rush170824
Vermillion166543
Franklin166035
Tipton161543
Parke144616
Blackford134131
Pike130934
Pulaski114445
Newton104434
Brown100740
Crawford98114
Benton97613
Martin83315
Warren80215
Switzerland7728
Union70210
Ohio56011
Unassigned0408