Duel over armed teachers intensifies

A local state lawmaker remains hopeful his amendment to require schools train and arm personnel with loaded weapons will become law despite opposition from the leader of the Indiana Senate and Gov. Mike Pence.

Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long and Pence said Thursday the state must take steps to improve school security but that schools shouldn’t face a mandate on having armed personnel.

The amendment is also raising concerns for Seymour Community Schools safety officials.

State Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, proposed an amendment on Tuesday to Senate Bill 1 that would make Indiana the first state in the nation to require armed school employees.

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