Indiana's public and charter schools would be required to have an employee carry a loaded gun during school hours under a proposal an Indiana House committee approved Tuesday.
Supporters said the proposal could help prevent tragedies such as the December elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., in which 20 students and six teachers died.
Opponents say they're concerned that the proposal was rushed and that it's unnecessary and could force schools to hire people who are willing to carry guns.
Schools would be required to always have a so-called protection officer on duty during school hours.
Protection officers could be just about anyone including police officers or retired officers and even teachers or principals.
These security officers would have to meet training standards set by a new statewide school safety boar.
Here in Vigo County, the school corporation, city and county have already put armed security personnel in all schools.