Indiana lawmakers expected to modify proposal to require armed employee in every school

Critics call mandate silly, reprehensible

INDIANAPOLIS - A proposal to require all public and charter schools in Indiana to have an employee carrying a loaded gun during school hours appears to be faltering at the Statehouse.

The Indiana House Ways and Means Committee took brief testimony Monday on the bill that was endorsed last week by another House panel.

But Chairman Tim Brown said his panel would consider amending the bill, possibly during a session later Monday, and that he expects changes would be made, saying the mandate is very unpopular.

Supporters of the requirement say it would lessen the vulnerability of schools to violent attacks.

But Peg Paulson of gun control group Moms Demand Action told the Ways and Means Committee that such a mandate would be "reprehensible."

"We want common-sense, bipartisan legislation to reduce gun violence, and we don't want something that is just frankly, silly," she said. "For a right-leaning, Libertarian state like Indiana to consider mandating, forcing schools to have an armed person is just ridiculous."

Retired Indianapolis Public Schools Principal Carole Craig, who dealt with a shooting on a school bus during her tenure, said putting more guns in schools is not the way to reduce the chance of shootings.

"We cannot afford to expose (students) to any risk that would involve guns being on the property and people who have not been properly trained being the ones that have these guns," she said. "It's probably simplistic to some people that the way to respond to guns is another gun."

Indiana would become the first state to require armed school employees if the bill becomes law.

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