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Noble County, Indiana considers arming teachers

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The proposal in Noble County, in northeastern Indiana, has parents and teachers in central Indiana weighing in on the school security debate. The proposal in Noble County, in northeastern Indiana, has parents and teachers in central Indiana weighing in on the school security debate.
The Central Noble School Board is seriously considering arming teachers with concealed weapons. The Central Noble School Board is seriously considering arming teachers with concealed weapons.
Sally Davidson Sally Davidson
DJ Shoeff, ISROA secretary DJ Shoeff, ISROA secretary
Kirk Wright, parent Kirk Wright, parent
NOBLE COUNTY -

For the first time, an Indiana school district is thinking about arming its teachers with guns.

The proposal in Noble County, in northeastern Indiana, has parents and teachers in central Indiana weighing in on the school security debate.

Protecting students and her own children is a priority for teacher Sally Davidson.

But carrying a gun in class to do so?

"It's just, it's a scary thought to think that you'd have armed teachers in the building," Davidson said.

It's more than a thought in at least one Indiana school district.

The Central Noble School Board is seriously considering arming teachers with concealed weapons.

Under the plan, four staff members in each building would get firearms training for free through the sheriff's department, and carry guns in class.

A donor has offered to provide the weapons.

"Our feeling is if we can save one life, this has done its job. And bigger than that, it would act as deterrent for somebody thinking about entering a school. To me that's ultimately has done its job," explained Central Noble Schools Superintendent Chris Daughtry.

Some teachers in Texas already train to have guns in school buildings.

That type of security is meant to prevent a tragedy like the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

"If they [Newtown teachers] had guns, maybe there would've been more lives saved, but a teacher is a teacher and you know, not a public servant," said Indianapolis parent Kenya Smith.

"Rather than the teachers, I think security should be increased," added Indianapolis parent Kirk Wright. "I just think there's too many things that could go wrong in that situation."

"Oh, it would make me nervous. I sure wouldn't want to do it. No, I like to rely on our resource officer," Davidson said.

Much of this debate actually comes down to money.

Noble County's sheriff would pay for teachers to be trained, which the district says is more cost-effective than hiring officers.

The Indiana School Resource Officer Association is against arming teachers. Their preference is to put more professional police in schools.

DJ Shoeff, ISROA secretary, says there's legislation proposed right now in Indiana to make paying for them easier.

Indiana Senate Bill 270 would create standards for school resources and offer grant money to school districts.

"Funding is the ultimate issue and I'm hearing that all across the state," Schoeff said. "The national organization just really believes that our best opportunity to protect our kids and to deter crime is to have a properly trained school resource officer."

They say a teacher behind the trigger just isn't worth the risk.

The Central Noble School Board meets again next month, to discuss potentially arming staff members in schools there.

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