Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Monday that the state will cover the costs of handheld metal detectors for any school that wants them.
"I'm announcing a new opportunity for schools to be even more prepared," Holcomb said. "The state will provide metal detector wands at no cost to every school that requests them. We will leave it of course, to the local officials on how best to use the devices."
The metal detectors would be available near the start of the upcoming school year. One device will be made available for every 250 students at a traditional public school, charter school and accredited private school.
“Controlling what comes into our school buildings is just one important part of keeping our schools safe, and our efforts to assist school corporations must be ongoing and evolving,” Holcomb said.
Gov. Holcomb convened a school safety task force in April to develop recommendations for action in advance of the 2019 legislative session. Those recommendations are due in August.
Indiana was among the states touched by violence on campus this past school year.
In May, a student and her teacher were wounded when a teenager began firing inside Noblesville West Middle School. Incidents resulting in numerous deaths this year happened in Parkland, Fla., and Santa Fe, Texas, among other locations.