INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) has praised legislators for taking school safety into consideration.
The union's executive director, Brenda Pike said she was encouraged that the debate over arming educators in schools made its way to the Statehouse.
A bill approved by a House committee on Tuesday would make Indiana the first state in the country to require at least one employee in every public or charter school to carry a loaded gun.
Pike suggested that solutions to school safety go beyond arming educators. She suggested lawmakers and school leaders also continue discussion on anti-bullying legislation and mental health services.
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"We also must look at other things in the system… if we're really going to maximize our efforts to make schools as safe as they possibly can be. Without looking at what else we can do and those two pieces [bullying and mental health], I think we'll fall short of the mark," Pike said.
A mandate that would make guns present in schools is not something lawmakers should rush into, Pike warned.
"I just would hate to see us proceed too quickly and set our state up for something that wouldn't be best for our kids," she said. "Our organization believes that it's a valid debate and would like to see more debate on the subject."
ISTA said a lot of discussion would be necessary on exactly who to arm in each school and how the requirement would be funded.
Thousands of people in Indianapolis were without power early Thursday morning.
Hoosiers saw unbearably cold temperatures Thursday morning.
Mintonye Elementary School may be ready to open in August, but Southwestern Middle School won't be ready. That's the preliminary assessment Superintendent Scott Hanback told the Tippecanoe School Corporation school board Wednesday evening.