“I hate the idea of a mandate, but when the mechanism is in place and no one is taking advantage of what I feel is the best way to protect our children and educators, then sometimes things like this have to be initiated,” Lucas told the Associated Press.
The school resource officers in the Vigo County schools are armed.
“It does plant a seed in an assailant’s mind when they know somebody in that school is going to be threat to them,” Ewing said. But he also questions whether a mandate that calls for arming teachers or other school personnel is the best use of resources.
“There’s a lot of responsibility in carrying a gun,” said Ewing. “And I worry if we’re sending mixed signals when we start arming principals and teachers. I think it’s important for them to concentrate on doing what they’re trained to do.”