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Indiana Committee Drops Bill to Mandate Armed School Employees

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Armed officials will not be required in Indiana schools.

According to reports, an Indiana legislative committee made the decision earlier this morning to back off on a proposed bill that would require all public and charter schools to have at least one armed employee on campus while school is in session.

In a vote of 16-7, the House Ways and Means Committee democratically decided to maintain the current provisions for armed citizens, while allowing school districts the power to determine whether armed employees are needed.

If the bill had would have become law, Indiana would have become the first state in the country to make it a requirement for schools to employee armed personnel. As it stands, the decision to have armed security will lie in the hands of the individual school districts.

While supporters of the bill believe that having armed employees in schools would deter gun violence, critics say armed security is best left to law enforcement.

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