State Senator Don White has introduced two bills designed to protect school students from violence.
One of the bills gives school boards the option of allowing licensed, trained staff to carry firearms on school property; the other allows district that rely on state police coverage to contract with nearby municipal police departments to provide security, such as in the Indiana Area school district, with schools in both the borough and in White Township.
Senator White says that in a violent situation, there have to be “more choices than just locking a door, hiding in a closet, or diving in front of bullets to protect students.” He says that with legal authority, licensing, and training, allowing school administrators, teachers, or other staff to carry firearms is an option worth exploring. Rural districts in particular are vulnerable because of the possibility of a delayed response time by the state police, which may have to travel great distances to get to the scene.
White emphasizes that the bills provide options, not mandates, for school districts to consider.