Gov Wary of Bill to Make Indiana The First To Require Guns in Schools


A proposal to require at least one teacher, principal, or other school staff member to carry a gun in every public or charter school in Indiana appears to be raising eyebrows at the highest levels, reports the Indianapolis Star. While security experts, parents. and teachers acknowledge the need for security, questions about training remain a big issue. Gov. Mike Pence danced around whether he opposed the legislation that would make Indiana the first state to have such a requirement. “I always believe that decisions in our local schools are best made at the local level, and I have no objection to allowing schools across Indiana to have a better opportunity to have an armed school resource officer or an armed school protection officer,” he said. Others are asking questions about how these protection officers will be trained, who will pick them, and how a loaded gun should be handled in a school if an educator is carrying it. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz opposes the mandate.

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