Indiana schools can request handheld metal detectors at no cost
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Indiana is moving forward with plans to add extra security in schools.
The state will now provide metal detector wands at no cost to every pubic school that requests them. According to the state, it is a collaboration between the Indiana State Police and the Department of Administration.
Gov. Eric Holcomb says it will be up to local school districts to decide how they use the wands.
"Indiana school districts enjoy local autonomy. That's why it's so important for parents and local school officials to work together to decide what is best for their communities," Holcomb said.
South Harrison Community School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Mark Eastridge said it is an opportunity he is excited about.
"I have two principals who are school safety specialists, and they were like 'yes, we think this is a good idea to move forward with this,'" said Eastridge.
The school district already has a wand that is used as needed when they receive tips or have suspicions about a student, but the program would allow for the district to have more. Each school who submits a requests as the opportunity to receive as many as one wands per 250 students.
"It was really nice to see the state step up and do this," Eastridge said.
"The best way to control what happens inside a school is to control what gets inside," said Holcomb.
Other Southern Indiana school districts expressed interest in the getting involved with the program, but like South Harrison Community School Corporation, they first have to have a conversation about the program before requesting the wands. Dr. John Reed, West Clark Community Schools Superintendent said he thinks the opportunity is great, but he still has to talk with his administration before submitting a request. New Albany Floyd County School district's administration said they too have to discuss the program first.
The first round of orders would be placed July 19 and arrive in mid-August just after school starts.
The governor put together a school safety task force in the spring. It's developing recommendations to lawmakers about how to best secure school buildings.
In May, a student at Noblesville Middle School near Indianapolis brought two guns to the school and shot a student and a teacher.
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