Ask The Mayor: West Lafayette's John Dennis On Back To School Safety

Aug 2, 2018


Credit City of West Lafayette

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we’re going back to school. School shootings have dominated the headlines over the past year, and the state of Indiana is supplying free handheld metal detectors to schools who request them--but will the West Lafayette School Corporation sign on? What’s the best way to ensure safety, with an awareness of gun violence heightened after the Noblesville shooting in May?

And are we able to mitigate the trauma students might feel when faced with major security precautions?


We also discuss the parallels between West Lafayette and Carmel’s experiences this year with racist and anti-Semitic vandalism, and the possible impacts of a renewed call for hate crimes legislation during the upcoming 2019 session--including whether it truly serves as a crime deterrent.