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Group recommends more active shooter drills, expand access to mental health services

Photo from scene following shooting at Noblesville West Middle School on May 25, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS — A working group has recommended to Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb that the state improve student safety by boosting funding for security improvements and school resource officers.

The report from a special working group that Holcomb convened also recommends that every Indiana school conduct active shooter drills and that the state expand students’ access to mental health services. Holcomb released the report Friday.

Holcomb directed the State Budget Agency identify costs associated with the recommendations and how they might be funded.

The working group conducted a survey of schools officials, teachers, first responders and security experts to help develop the recommendations.

Republican legislative leaders have said boosting school safety will be a top priority during the next legislative session.