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[s7] Sen. Hershman: Bill to Combat Gang Activity in Schools Moves to Governor’s Desk
Start Date: 4/16/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/16/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (April 16, 2013) — State Sen. Brandt Hershman’s (R-Buck Creek) legislation to prevent school gang activity cleared final passage in the Senate today. Senate Bill 352 now moves to Gov. Mike Pence’s desk for signature.


SB 352 expands the uses of the Indiana Safe Schools Fund to include educational outreach and school personnel training concerning the identification and prevention of criminal gang activity. The bill would also require school boards to put in place anti-gang policies and awareness programs using model materials developed by the Indiana Department of Education.


“The way that gangs contact and recruit their members is changing to reflect new technologies,” Hershman said. “We’re seeing the Internet and social media accelerate the spread of gang activity to suburban and rural areas that, up until now, haven’t had to confront this issue. Our schools must stay one step ahead of these trends by putting policies in place that fit the current times. I’m thankful for the help of Tippecanoe County officials in these efforts, especially Prosecutor Pat Harrington and Project Safe Neighborhoods Anti-Gang Initiatives Director Kathryn Redd.”


Rep. Randy Truitt (R-West Lafayette) is the bill’s sponsor in the House of Representatives.

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Name: Tracy Lytwyn
Phone: 317-234-9221
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