‘It will be the first bill I introduce,’ Indiana lawmaker wants to arm teachers and train them to shoot
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) plans to draft a bill that would give teachers the option to arm themselves in the classroom while undergoing mandatory training. Lucas discussed his plan on ABC21 News at 7 as school security and safety take center stage after the Texas school massacre.
Under Indiana law, districts may allow designated people, including teachers, to carry guns in schools. No training is required. But school safety generally falls to police resource officers who are stationed in many buildings. Lucas’ proposal would formalize a mechanism through which teachers could be trained to carry and use guns on a school campus.
Ohio is set to enact a new law that allows teachers to carry guns in the classroom after they have 24 hours of training. Some districts, including the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, are refusing to allow their teachers to carry.
The National Education Association surveyed its members. The group claims more than 80% of its teachers say they would not carry a gun in class. Educators have expressed concern about a weapon falling into the wrong hands or the ethics of a teacher being forced to shoot and kill a student. Lucas insists those concerns amount to “fear-mongering.” Lucas says he will introduce his bill when lawmakers meet early next year.
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