Indiana House rejects school guns proposal


The Indiana House has pulled the plug on a proposal that aimed to have all the state's public and charter schools consider having gun-carrying employees at their schools.

House members in a voice vote approved without dissent a Republican amendment that stripped mentions of the armed employees proposal from a bill on school security. The amendment added a provision for a new state school safety board to review training and other issues surrounding the possibility of arming school staffers and submit a report to the Legislature.

Republican and Democratic legislators applauded after the vote that diffused an issue that first emerged last week when a House committee advanced a proposal that would've required all schools to authorize armed employees such as teachers or principals.

The issue of arming school employees has risen to the fore after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in December.

Indiana would have become the first state in the country to require armed school employees if the bill had become law. Supporters of the requirement say it would have lessened the vulnerability of schools to violent attacks.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence and others have said they think any decisions on arming employees should be left to local schools officials.

Some Indiana schools aren't waiting for the state legislature to act. Schools in Vigo County have taken the step many schools across the nation have considered in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook.

Armed police officers have been placed in schools throughout the county. The plan has been in the works for weeks following the Newtown shootings.

Their rounds include walking the hallways, the grounds, and standing guard at a locked entrance.

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