(Indianapolis, Ind.) - A bill at the Indiana Statehouse has been amended to require all public schools in the state to have an employee armed with a loaded handgun.
The House Education Committee approved the Senate Bill 1 on a 9-3 vote Tuesday after it was amended to include that provision.
Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) offered up the amendment. He said schools with armed employees could help prevent shootings like that in Newtown, Connecticut last year.
The bill would require the armed employee to first undergo training. That person could be a hired resource officer, teacher, principal, janitor, or other staffer. The individual would have to be present at the school during class hours.
Senate Bill 1, which establishes a state funding program for school resource officer training, now heads to the full Indiana House.