Governor: Need for local decision on whether to arm teachers


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Legislation giving Hoosier schools the option — and money — to train and arm school personnel would likely receive the signature of Gov. Mike Pence this spring.

But that legislation should leave the matter up to local school districts rather than come loaded with a mandate of what must be done, Pence stressed during an interview Friday in Seymour.

Existing state law enables schools to adopt policies that allow personnel to have firearms on school property, but no Jackson County public school district has such a policy in place; and only Seymour Community Schools employs police officers, or what are called school resource officers, within its buildings.

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