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Indiana May Require an Armed Employee in Every Public School

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Indiana could become the first state in the nation to require an employee in every public or charter school to carry a loaded gun during school hours — a response to fears about mass school shootings.

Legislation approved Tuesday by the House Education Committee would mandate the creation of a protection officer for each school. With proper training, those officers could be principals, teachers, staff members, police officers or security guards.

"This is a common-sense approach to a horrible situation," said Rep. Jim Lucas, a freshman Republican from Seymour who led the effort to add the protection-officer mandate to Senate Bill 1.