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Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz responds to a comment from the audience at the Third House panel discussion at the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce Saturday, March 23, 2013. Ritz made comments along with state legislators Carlin Yoder, Tim Neese, and Tim Wesco before taking questions from the audience members. ¬ (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)
Ind. schools chief leery of armed school staffers

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on April 3, 2013 at 4:17 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s state schools superintendent says legislators are going too far with a proposal that would require all schools to have an employee armed with a loaded gun.

Superintendent Glenda Ritz said Wednesday she believed such decisions on school security should be made by local school districts without mandates from the Legislature.

Indiana would become the first state in the country to require armed school employees if the bill approved Tuesday by a state House committee were to become law.

State law currently prohibits anyone other than police officers and authorized school employees from possessing guns on school property. Experts don’t know of any Indiana districts that now allow non-police officers to have guns at school.

Supporters of the requirement say it would lessen the vulnerability of schools to violent attacks.