Guns in the schools


High-caliber security: New Palestine Police Officer Steve Fisher frequently is seen at New Palestine High School. Administrators like the idea of police providing security at schools, but they acknowledge providing for such security full time would be prohibitively expensive. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

No easy answers: For New Palestine High School English teacher Caroline Clayton, student safety is a priority. However, she would not want to carry a gun in school. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

NEW PALESTINE — Two weeks ago, the county’s school superintendents gathered at the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department for a private meeting on bolstering security in the schools.

Similar talks have ensued across the nation since the Connecticut school shootings, and the suggestions vary for making schools safer. But local law enforcement officials called the meeting with a specific proposal in mind: Giving teachers guns.

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