School safety worries stir Ind. Statehouse debate

INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana lawmaker's proposal that all public schools should have a gun-carrying employee came as state officials are looking at how to improve school security in the wake of the deadly December school attack in Connecticut.

The Indiana House has shelved the armed-employee proposal but is expected to vote Monday on a bill that would start a state grant program to help hire police officers who work full-time in schools.

Gov. Mike Pence, state schools superintendent Glenda Ritz and other state agency officials have also started a new task force to suggest school security improvements.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long says it is important for the state to get better school security measures in place -- and the sooner the better.

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