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Pence signs school safety bill

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INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill Tuesday intended to bolster security at Indiana schools.

Senate Enrolled Act 1 outlines training requirements for school resource officers and creates a grant program to help districts make schools safer.

The measure doesn’t require schools to have armed personnel onsite as earlier proposals had wanted, but it does encourage schools to hire resource officers with grant money.

Students, legislators and Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz were on hand as Pence signed the legislation at the Statehouse.

Members of Pence’s school safety working group were also there. The group includes education, mental health and public safety experts brought together to examine school safety and explore ways to make schools safer.