Zionsville Community Schools aims to have police officer at every campus by fall

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A school shooting May 25 in Noblesville shocked central Indiana after a student opened fire in a classroom, striking a teacher and fellow student who both survived the attack.

Even before the tragedy, school and town officials in Zionsville had been working on a plan to increase the police presence in Zionsville Community Schools.

Mayor Tim Haak stated in a May 27 Facebook post that the goal is to have a police officer or sheriff’s deputy on site at each campus during the school day when classes resume in the fall.

“The shooting that happened in Noblesville rocked all of us,” Haak stated in the post. “Shootings like this don’t typically happen in major cities. They are happening in suburban communities all across the U.S. like Noblesville and Zionsville. I’ve talked with many of you who are understandably scared. I am as well.”

Town of Zionsville spokeswoman Amanda Vela said officials have been discussing the plan since the beginning of the year. Funding is expected to be discussed at the June 18 town council meeting.

Rebecca Coffman, ZCS chief operations officer, said ZCS administrators have been meeting with law enforcement officials and plan to release details of the arrangement soon.

Help shooting victims – An account has been set up through the Noblesville Schools Education Foundation to benefit the families of victims shot May 25 at Noblesville West Middle School. Visit noblesvilleschools.org/foundationto donate. Donations also will be accepted through mail to Noblesville Schools Education Foundation, PO Box 724, Noblesville, IN 46061. Mark “NWMS Fund” on the memo line. Separate GoFundMe accounts have been organized for the victims’ medical expenses at gofundme.com/ella-whistler and gofundme.com/nobforjasonseaman.

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