(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Indiana lawmakers are reworking legislation that would required every public school in the state to have an armed staff member present during the school day.
Senate Bill 1 has caused some controversy in the debate over school safety since it was amended last week to require at least one officer, principal, teacher or other staffer to be armed with a loaded gun during class hours.
Following a hearing which included public testimony Monday, House Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) told the Indianapolis Star there’s growing consensus among Democrats and Republicans to make the move an option rather than a requirement. Those sentiments on local school district’s making their own school safety decisions have been echoed by Republican Governor Mike Pence and Democrat State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz.
Such a change would simply be reinforcing the status quo. A handful of southeast Indiana school districts already employ armed school resource officers.
Senate Bill 1 is scheduled for a committee vote Tuesday morning.