Local lawmakers react to Noblesville school shooting

Some local lawmakers are revisiting school safety laws in the aftermath of Friday's school shooting in Noblesville.

Posted: May 28, 2018 6:33 PM
Updated: May 28, 2018 6:34 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Some local lawmakers are revisiting school safety laws in the aftermath of Friday's school shooting in Noblesville. One student and one teacher was injured in the incident. The suspected shooter is in custody but officials have yet to release his name.

"You never expect it to hit home," said State Rep. Sheila Klinker. 

But it did hit home Friday when a school shooter opened fire at Noblesville West Middle School. Thanks to seventh grade teacher, Jason Seaman, more students were not injured. Witnesses say Seamon was shot while tackling the student shooter.

"My actions on that day, in my mind, were the only acceptable actions I could have done given the circumstances," said Seaman. 

Ella Whistler, 13, was also shot in the incident.

"We should all continue to keep her in our minds as she continues to recover," said Seaman. 

Whistler is on the minds of local lawmakers. They're already thinking of more ways to improve school safety in Indiana.

"I think we are going to have to make some dramatic increases. We put 5 million dollars into school safety but we also put 35 million dollars in for loans. But we are charging 1-4 percent interest," said Klinker. "I think what we are going to have to do is have interest free loans and then be willing to go a little bit higher than five million with what we see happening."

"One of the things we need to do is make adults responsible if they don't secure weapons or ammunition in their home," added State Rep. Sally Siegrist. 

"I'm not sure Indiana is to the point that we need to legislate that, some of this is common sense," responded State Senator Ron Alting. "But it's certainly something I'm sure that we will address."

All three lawmakers agree, gun safety awareness is important.

"Obviously what we are doing is not working," said Siegrist. 

There are a lot of questions about what lawmakers should do.

"Are we to the point in society that we need metal detectors in our schools? Are we to that point?" asked Alting. 

These legislators are confident the Indiana General Assembly will find answers in both summer studies and future sessions.

"This is a lesson to be learned for all of us," said Klinker.

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