County schools among thousands to receive free metal detectors

Staff Writer

Decatur Daily Democrat

    Thus far in the newly-developed program Hoosier schools have requested more than 3,200 hand-held metal detectors. The program — introduced in July by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb — offers the devices free of charge in an effort to improve school safety.  Holcomb announced the program after a student opened fire at an Indianapolis-area middle school in May, wounding his teacher and another student.
    The governor’s office reported 369 schools, including 94 percent of the state’s public schools, have requested 3,228 wands. The program will provide one hand-held metal detector for every 250 students.
    North Adams Superintendent Brent Lehman reported the district ordered its allotment of detectors and administrators are currently working to develop policy and procedures and their use. South Adams Superintendent Scott Litwiller reported his district ordered four devices, and Adams Central Superintendent Joel Mahaffey reported his district ordered four units as well.
    The metal detectors are slated to arrive in August. The schools that didn’t place an order will be able to do so this fall.
    State officials also hope to boost safety through a grant program to fund other security improvements at schools.