Students returning to school in some Indiana districts will see tighter security in place in the wake of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., where 20 elementary school students were killed.
The Vigo County School Corporation will be one of those school systems with tighter security.
When students return after the holiday break Wednesday, front entrances will be locked at the elementary and middle schools. Visitors will have to use a buzzer or video system to get in. Those schools that don’t have those kinds of systems will be getting them.
Vigo County Schools will be more strict about measures that are already in place such as, all school staff wear identification badges, visitors must sign in, state their business and be approved before they are allowed to enter the facility.
If school staff members do not recognize a visitor, and the visit relates to a student, school staff might ask the visitor a “security question that a person who knows the student would be able to answer and anyone coming to school to pick up a child during the school day must be on that child’s emergency card. Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing has already said that he is drafting a proposal that would add three full-time deputies to place in rural middle and elementary schools on a permanent basis. Ewing said he believes rural schools are more vulnerable because it takes longer for authorities to respond.