School Safety

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

The state has approved a new round of school safety grant funding for Indiana schools. The money will go to 429 schools through the state’s Secured School Safety Grant program. Last year 388 schools received funding through the program. 

Muncie Student Arrested With Gun Across From High School

Aug 8, 2019
StateImpact Indiana

Police in Muncie say they arrested a 15-year-old student with a gun across the street from the city’s high school on Wednesday afternoon.

Chase Winkle with Muncie Police Department says within minutes of a tip coming in from a school resource officer, a white male across the street from Muncie Central High School was found and arrested.

The juvenile student had a loaded handgun.  He’d left classes earlier Wednesday and Winkle says school resource officers had “dealt with him earlier in the day.”  He didn’t have details about what happened inside the school building.

Zach Herndon / WFIU/WTIU News

Reported cases of bullying in schools have slightly decreased compared to the 2017-18 school year, according to an annual state survey aimed at tracking bullying incidents. 

Indiana schools reported 5,604 cases of bullying in the 2018 survey, and this year, they reported about 347 fewer cases overall, for a total of 5,257 during the 2018-19 school year. 

State Secured School Safety Grant Applications Open

Jul 15, 2019
Lauren Chapman / IPB News

  Applications for the state’s Secured School Safety Grant program opened Monday. 

 

Lawmakers made changes to how schools can apply for funding, and added an addition $5 million to the fund this year. 

 

Schools have to match funds received through the grants, and the funding can be used for things like hiring school resource officers, conducting threat assessments, or making safety improvements to buildings. 

 

Jeanie Lindsay / IPB News

The state’s Secured School Safety Grants are changing this year and applications are expected to open soon, after lawmakers added more money to the fund and expanded how schools can use the money during the legislative session. 

 

The General Assembly budgeted $19 million for the fund – a $5 million increase – though some, including State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick, have shared concerns that it isn’t enough to fully support schools’ safety efforts with a growing pool of applicants. 

 

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