Bill calls for full review of school safety in Indiana

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(Indiana Statehouse Newsroom) – In the wake of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, lawmakers in Indiana want to put pen to paper and create tangible tools to keep your children safe at school.

The resolution calls for a complete review, urging lawmakers to ‘do whatever is necessary to protect Hoosier children in our schools.

State Senator Jim Tomes, a Republican from Wadesville, said, “We hear about the school shootings, which is horrible. But, there are shootings that occur every single night in our cities.”

That’s partly why State Senator Tomes wants a summer study committee made up of educators, law enforcement, and you.

Tomes said he wants anyone with solid ideas on how to make schools safer to have input.

“We can look at some effective measures that could prohibit these incidents from happening, or even confront them before they even get started,” said Tomes.

The resolution made it to the State Senate floor Monday.

Some possible proposals include arming teachers or even having teachers taking self-defense courses.

 “It would never be mandated, but if those who would like to, we would remind them it’s not just a matter of handing a gun to a teacher. They would have to undergo a very intense training program. Maybe more so than what your typical law enforcement would undergo,” said Tomes.

Tomes said this proposal would be a way for ideas to come from all corners of the state and hopefully find some genuine ideas that work.

Another part of the resolution concerns mental health, which Tomes said is about weeding out problems before they happen.

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(This story was originally published on March 5, 2018)

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