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The Journal Gazette

Friday, March 09, 2018 1:00 am

Indiana voices

Prudent moves on Hoosier school safety

School safety is wisely being elevated up Indiana's public policy agenda in wake of the mass shootings on Feb. 14 at a Florida high school that resulted in 17 deaths and numerous injuries.

On Tuesday, the GOP-dominated Indiana Senate passed a resolution seeking a summer study committee to conduct a comprehensive review of issues related to school safety. Such an assessment of safety measures, or the lack thereof, in Indiana's schools is a good idea and could shed light on best practices currently used in the state.

On the same day, Senate Democratic leader Tim Lanane of Anderson took a more aggressive approach when he co-authored a resolution for the legislature to study the topic of reducing gun violence and deaths by firearms in Indiana. That resolution has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Its chances of being adopted are slim, given Indiana's status as one of the most pro-gun states in the nation and the perpetual reluctance of the Republican majority to do anything opposed by the powerful gun lobby. It's a worthy proposal nonetheless.

Any type of legislative attention to school safety is important. But the most consequential attention being focused on the matter is Gov. Eric Holcomb's impending plan to offer new direction on school safety procedures. The governor has said he intends to offer his plan before the legislature adjourns next week.

We're anxious to see the governor's recommendations, and we're confident school districts around the state are as well.

– Tribune-Star, Terre Haute