school safety

School Safety Measure Revived For Special Session

May 11, 2018

Lawmakers will consider a revived school safety measure during Monday's special session.

Governor Holcomb Calls For Special Session

Mar 19, 2018
Gov. Eric Holcomb says he wants lawmakers to act on a few of the issues that died last week when legislators ran out of time. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Monday he’ll call for a special session of the General Assembly to address some of the issues that died last week when lawmakers ran out of time at session’s end.

It will be the first non-budget special session in 16 years.

School Safety Measure, Funding Fails Last Minute

Mar 15, 2018
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Lauren Chapman

The same day students across the nation staged demonstrations around school safety, Indiana lawmakers failed to pass a bill to address the same issue in the final minutes of the 2018 legislative session. It passed the Senate, but lawmakers in the House failed to vote on the bill before the midnight deadline.

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Lawmakers unveiled Tuesday a final version of legislation to help schools improve their safety.

The agreed-upon language delivers a $5 million funding request made by Gov. Eric Holcomb for the state’s school safety grants. That money goes toward equipment and school building safety upgrades.

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The state’s top education official plans to push for more policy and funding to improve school safety.

State officials and lawmakers say Indiana has strong school safety programs in place, but Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick says there are still gaps.

Bill Would Create School Security Handbook

Jan 27, 2016
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Schools may get a blueprint next year for tightening security.

The Senate votes next week on ordering Indiana's Department of Homeland Security to compile a handbook of security precautions schools should take.

Sen. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville) says schools need more guidance on potential vulnerabilities.

But Boots notes the Department of Education already works with schools on security issues.

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Governor Mike Pence is increasing school safety grant funding by more than $3 million in the wake of a shooting at an Oregon community college that left ten people, including the gunman, dead. However, the measure also comes after the new state budget cut that funding by more than half.

The legislature created the school safety grant fund in 2013 in response to the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting.  Lawmakers appropriated $10 million a year for schools to hire resource officers and make safety improvements. 

State lawmakers are exploring whether Hoosier schools should be covered by the state’s Castle Doctrine – the law allowing people to use deadly force if their home is invaded.  The statute says a person is allowed to use force – including deadly force – to protect themselves and their property if they believe they’re in danger.

WL school's strategic plans

Jul 19, 2013

West Lafayette school officials are putting an increased emphasis on student safety. A renovation project is being considered for the entryway and office area at the junior-senior high school.

Superintendent Rocky Killion says the district needs to make improvements based on the guidelines of its facilities strategic plan.

The most controversial portions of school safety legislation requiring armed personnel in Indiana public schools have been removed from the bill and sent to a summer study committee. 

The Senate version of the bill encouraged, but did not require, schools to hire school resource officers – trained law enforcement with extra training to work in a school environment.  A House committee added a mandate for all schools to employ protection officers, a staff member – such as teachers and principals – who would carry a gun.

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