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INDIANAPOLIS – About four out of five Indiana school districts will be adding metal detectors.

Governor Holcomb announced two weeks ago the state would supply handheld metal detectors to any school which wants them. Schools which have already applied for detectors should have them by mid-August, though the state will continue to accept applications. 

Holcomb says the wands aren’t the entire solution to school safety, but it’s an obvious step to take. He says one of the simplest ways to control what happens in the school building is to control what comes into it.

Holcomb announced two weeks ago the state would supply metal detectors on request. The announcement comes two months after a seventh-grader and a teacher were wounded in a school shooting in Noblesville. 

Legislators ordered a multiagency review of school safety in March at Holcomb’s request, in the aftermath of the shooting in Parkland, Florida. That report is due August 1, and Holcomb says he’s “champing at the bit” to receive it.

Gov. Eric Holcomb (Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)