State Accepting More Requests For Handheld Metal Detectors In Schools

Sep 24, 2018

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced this week that the state is opening the second window for schools to order free handheld metal detectors, as one of several safety measures Hoosier officials have offered to make schools safer.

The state is accepting applications from schools to get free handheld metal detectors through Oct. 5.

In a press release, officials said 370 school corporations requested a total of 3,231 devices during the first round in July.

So far, the free metal detector program has cost the state approximately $331,720.

The first shipment of metal detectors went out to schools in August, but many corporations are still trying to figure out how to use them and craft policies around their use.

The program makes one device available per 250 students in a school building, and 94 percent of Indiana’s public schools have already made their requests.