Officials: Keep guns out of schools

The question of whether teachers and other school staff should carry guns at school became a nationwide debate topic in recent weeks.

And in local communities, parents have brought up the idea in meetings about school security, school board members have discussed the concept and school officials have talked over the what-if scenarios with local police.

But school superintendents say they would want to keep guns out of their schools, except when carried by police or security officers.

The idea of arming teachers has been discussed across the nation since the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and while the idea has been talked about locally, administrators don’t want to try it.

“I just think having, encouraging guns to be at school is not something I think is a wise decision,” said Clark-Pleasant interim Superintendent Becky Courtney-Knight.

Indiana law allows school faculty or staff members to carry a weapon if they are designated as a security officer by the school corporation, which could allow schools to permit anyone to carry a firearm.

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