Pence set to approve Indiana school safety grants

Gov. Mike Pence has signed a bill that will help Indiana schools hire more school resource officers.

Pence said Tuesday the bill would work as a tool to improve school safety in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings. The measure would provide $50,000 grants for school districts to hire the officers. It also sets up a legislative study committee to look at arming staff and volunteers in schools.

The measure was originally sought by Attorney General Greg Zoeller (ZEHL'-ur) and Republican Sen. Peter Miller of Avon in response to concerns about bullying and gang violence in schools. But it quickly morphed into a response to the December school shootings as well.

Pence said he planned to meet later Tuesday with a workgroup studying school safety.

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