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Holcomb group recommends active shooter drills, more funding

File Photo:. Gov. Eric Holcomb gives his 2018 State of the State address in Indianapolis on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A working group has recommended to Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb that the state improve student safety by boosting funding for security improvements and school resource officers.

The report from a special working group that Holcomb convened also recommends that every Indiana school conduct active shooter drills and that the state expand students’ access to mental health services. Holcomb released the report Friday.

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Holcomb directed the State Budget Agency identify costs associated with the recommendations and how they might be funded.

The working group conducted a survey of schools officials, teachers, first responders and security experts to help develop the recommendations.

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Republican legislative leaders have said boosting school safety will be a top priority during the next legislative session.

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This story has been corrected to show the report recommended safety steps, not that Holcomb wants them implemented.

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