Monday, December 17 2012 5:36 PM EST2012-12-17 22:36:34 GMT
As investigators try to determine what prompted the massacre, the mother of a 13-year-old boy with mental illness says she fears her son will do the same thing. She wrote an internet essay now behind aMore >>
As investigators try to determine what prompted the massacre, the mother of a 13-year-old boy with mental illness says she fears her son will do the same thing.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:27 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:27:58 GMT
Check your ticket to see if you have the winning Powerball numbers: Tonight's $600 million jackpot is the largest jackpot in Powerball history and the second largest among U.S. Lottery jackpots. FingersMore >>
Check your ticket to see if you have the winning Powerball numbers: 10-13-14-22-52 Powerball 11More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:10 PM EDT2013-05-19 00:10:01 GMT
Ed Carpenter knew he was capable of another fast run, and it earned him the pole for the Indianapolis 500. The Indianapolis native bested IndyCar racing's big-name teams by claiming his first 500 poleMore >>
Ed Carpenter knew he was capable of another fast run, and it earned him the pole for the Indianapolis 500.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:14 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:14:03 GMT
A new interactive display that documents the lives and accomplishments of Indiana's politically prominent Bayh family has opened at Indiana State University. About 250 Indiana Democrats and others attendedMore >>
A new interactive display that documents the lives and accomplishments of Indiana's politically prominent Bayh family has opened at Indiana State University.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:05:05 GMT
A central Indiana official says the tough conditions opponents of a planned wind farm are seeking for the project would leave little room for the proposed power-generating wind turbines. The wind farm'sMore >>
A central Indiana official says the tough conditions opponents of a planned wind farm are seeking for the project would leave little room for the proposed power-generating wind turbines.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:00 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:00:45 GMT
A Purdue University official says the school has made fast progress finding $40 million in savings or new revenue to support a two-year tuition freeze announced in March. Purdue treasurer Al Diaz tellsMore >>
A Purdue University official says the school has made fast progress finding $40 million in savings or new revenue to support a two-year tuition freeze announced in March.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:45 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:45:02 GMT
Oxbow has won the Preakness, ruining Orb's bid to capture the Triple Crown. Oxbow led from start to finish. It was the sixth Preakness victory for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas and 15th Triple CrownMore >>
Oxbow has won the Preakness, ruining Orb's bid to capture the Triple Crown.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:23 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:23:35 GMT
A new federal report says inmates at the Marion County Jail in Indianapolis are more likely to be sexually abused by guards than inmates at any other jail in the nation. The Justice department reportMore >>
A new federal report says inmates at the Marion County Jail in Indianapolis are more likely to be sexually abused by guards than inmates at any other jail in the nation.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 4:56 PM EDT2013-05-18 20:56:07 GMT
Pole Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway meant a lot more than just racing. This was a family affair with a little bit of something for everyone for non-stop entertainment. The day's festivities startedMore >>
Pole Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway meant a lot more than just racing. This was a family affair with a little bit of something for everyone for non-stop entertainment.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 4:03 PM EDT2013-05-18 20:03:11 GMT
It's less about the lemonade and more about the lesson. More than 20,000 local children got their first taste of the business world Saturday when they took part in Lemonade Day. The work behind JohnMore >>
It's less about the lemonade and more about the lesson.More >>
Local schools are making major changes to increase school security.
Some of the safety measures at Hamilton Southeastern Schools include reminding students to never open the school doors for anyone, even if the student thinks they know the person on the other side.
"It was hard this morning, you know, letting him get out of my car," said mom Melissa Marer of her six-year-old son Hayden.
When Marer dropped off her son for first grade at Lantern Road Elementary School in Fishers, all she could think about was Friday's tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
"I didn't want to send him, but you have to," said Marer.
Marer and other parents took some comfort, though, after getting an email from Hamilton Southeastern School District, letting parents know there would be more Fishers police officers inside and around the district's 21 schools.
"We do not for see this to end at anytime soon. In fact, this will probably be our new normal," said Fishers Police Ofc. Tom Weger of the security measures.
Before Friday's deadly shooting, there were armed school resource officers at the district's three high schools and a fourth police officer who traveled between the other schools.
Those numbers could be increasing.
"Do you think we're at the point where, maybe we need police, an armed officer in every school?" asked Eyewitness News Reporter Emily Longnecker of parent Torri Farmer outside the elementary school on Monday.
"I hope not, but after what's happened, it is definitely questionable," said Farmer.
Across the district, schools already locked all outside doors and have cameras at the front doors. Now, classroom doors will be locked too.
To get into a school, visitors, even parents, need to use a buzzer so that they can get buzzed in through the locked front doors. Once they do, visitors better be ready to show a license or a picture ID.
"They have to have a background check before they can go past the office as well," explained principal Danielle Thompson.
Parents and school volunteers, anyone who visits the school for any reason, must have a background check on file with the school. Those background checks are good for three years.
Teachers are also going to carry walkie talkies to help alert them to any emergencies. It's the possible presence of a police officer at each school though, that makes Melissa Marer feel the safest.
"Not that I don't feel safe now, but I just think its an extra measure of precaution," she said.
No measure would be too much, Marer said, when it comes to protecting what she holds most dear, her child.
It was more challenging than usual Monday morning as Christina Langdon brought her nine-year-old daughter to school. Like many parents across the country, the Newtown school shooting has left her shaken and concerned.
It was the first day back at school for students the weekend after 27 were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty children were gunned down in the attack.
The massacre at Newtown has parents wondering how safe their own child's school is. Eyewitness News spent the day checking in with school districts on their security plans and what's being done to keep your kids safe.
"She is my number one priority," said Langdon, talking about her daughter. After seeing what happened in Connecticut, this mom wants to know more about the school's safety plan.
"I just wonder if they are taking real good care of her like I would as if she was at home with me. I want them to treat her like she is their own," she said.
The Langdons had to push a buzzer just to get inside the school. It's one of the minimum security measures at all buildings in the Indianapolis Public School System.
But School Police Chief Steve Garner says being safe goes far beyond buzzers and locked doors.
"We have to be diligent about checking the appropriateness of visitors to our schools, that they should be there," said Garner.
Garner says after the deadly shooting in Connecticut, he got telephone calls from both principals and parents about security measures. All IPS High schools have campus officers on site.
Just the same, Garner is constantly working on what to do more at middle and elementary buildings. He showed us how even getting into school police headquarters for the school district requires someone seeing you first before buzzing you in.
"If somebody looks out of place, we don't buzz them in. We call the police," he said.
Garner says keeping all school doors locked at all times is extremely important, even with signs that say all visitors must report to the office.
"Parents have every right to have a comfort level that they understand the plan that exists and they can talk to their child about what to do," he said.
Christina has already had that talk with her third grade daughter.
"She calls me and if she can't get a hold of me she calls Aunt Misty and if that don't work, she calls the cops," said Langdon.
Like many school districts, IPS is looking at each school individually as far as security. They also urge parents to talk to their children about not only reporting strangers in the school building but also about never letting anyone inside - even people they think they know.
The Hamilton Southeastern school district says it's heightened security. In addition to outside doors being locked at all times once the school day starts, classroom doors are locked and additional officers will provide security during and after school. Visitors will be pre-registered and prescreened to ensure a background check is on file.
Hamilton Southeastern sent out a letter to parents outlining "supports we put in place today for students and staff." HSE has asked staff not to openly discuss the Newtown shootings, but to listen when students ask questions about it and "to acknowledge their feelings." The school district also says teachers will refer students who are having trouble to the guidance office.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:40 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:40:00 GMT
Allison Jacob of Indianapolis who is a junior at Ball State University where she's majoring in Communications and Public Relations was named the 2013 500 Festival Queen on Saturday morning. She graduatedMore >>
Ball State student Allison Jacob named 2013 500 Festival Queen. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 4:18 AM EDT2013-05-18 08:18:20 GMT
The winning numbers were drawn Friday night in the $190 million Mega Millions jackpot. The winning numbers were 11, 15, 35, 43, 49, with a MegaBall number of 41. Saturday night, numbers will be drawnMore >>
The winning numbers were 11, 15, 35, 43, 49, with a MegaBall number of 41.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 3:18 PM EDT2013-05-17 19:18:48 GMT
CeCe Bruce has received a couple of large tips in her life, but nothing like he one she got Wednesday morning. CeCe, a waitress at the Steak 'n Shake restaurant at Keystone and 54th Street, receivedMore >>
CeCe Bruce has received a couple of large tips in her career, but nothing like the one she got Wednesday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:43 AM EDT2013-05-18 10:43:31 GMT
A car came very close to crashing into someone's home near Lawrence. It started with a brief police chase after the officer tried to pull the driver over for a traffic stop. It ended on Conreid Drive,More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:14 AM EDT2013-05-18 13:14:33 GMT
The son of the U.S. national swim team director is reporting that Michael Phelps is planning a comeback for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Peter Busch, whose father Frank oversees the American program, is a newsMore >>
The son of the U.S. national swim team director is reporting that Michael Phelps is planning a comeback for the 2016 Rio Olympics.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:58:30 GMT
The San Diego Chargers have agreed to a two-year deal with star pass rusher Dwight Freeney that could be worth $13.35 million. The deal to bring Freeney to the Chargers came four days after outside linebackerMore >>
The San Diego Chargers have agreed to a two-year deal with star pass rusher Dwight Freeney that could be worth $13.35 million.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:06 AM EDT2013-05-18 05:06:01 GMT
Visitors and employees of Indiana University Health will no longer be able to buy sugary drinks from cafeterias, vending machines and gift shops on hospital campuses. Indiana University Health implementedMore >>
Visitors and employees of Indiana University Health will no longer be able to buy sugary drinks from cafeterias, vending machines and gift shops on hospital campuses.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:19 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:19:05 GMT
Point guard George Hill will be a game-time decision as the Pacers try to close out the Knicks. After Indiana's shootaround Saturday morning, coach Frank Vogel did not say whether Hill had passed hisMore >>
Point guard George Hill will be a game-time decision as the Pacers try to close out the Knicks.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:13 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:13:48 GMT
A Lafayette program designed to help the homeless, victims of domestic violence and nonviolent offenders is carrying on its mission despite the loss of federal funding. Efforts started under the WeedMore >>
A Lafayette program designed to help the homeless, victims of domestic violence and nonviolent offenders is carrying on its mission despite the loss of federal funding.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 10:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:59:44 GMT
A mother is pleading with police and her neighbors to try and find the driver who struck her son in a hit and run crash. Daniel Lopez is in critical condition, fighting for his life at the hospital. PoliceMore >>
Police still don't know who struck seven-year-old Daniel Lopez, who remains in critical condition in a coma. More >>