Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 17, 2013

NE Ind. schools to consider arming teachers


The Associated Press

Albion — Officials in a northeastern Indiana county are considering arming teachers in the aftermath of the shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The Central Noble (County) School Board voted Tuesday night to consider the proposal by Sheriff Doug Harp. Harp has delivered the same proposal to the East and West Noble School districts northwest of Fort Wayne.

Under the plan, officials would choose up to four teachers in each school to undergo firearms training and be appointed as special deputies. The teachers' authority would be limited to school buildings.

Harp says arming teachers is more economical than paying school security officers. A donor has offered to provide the guns.

The Central Noble board meets next on Feb. 19. No timeline for a decision was discussed.